Nice to see Â the obligatory ‘far right’ smears Â missing from this article:
In an interview with Dutch news channel NU.nl, Freedom Party (PVV)Â leader Geert Wilders has said that the PVV’s ideas are striking a chord with increasing numbers of people across Europe. Â Mr Wilders spoke of an unstoppable ‘anti-Islam’ wave. “We are having our own little revolution down here,” he said.
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Newsweep smells the coffee:
“Only a few years ago, many of Europe’s far-right politicians were openly anti-Semitic. (Not true, but that’s how Newsweep would like you to see it) Now some of the same populist parties are embracing Israel to unite against what they perceive to be a common threat.” And the common threat is, of course, Muslims.Â Newsweek, 27 February 2011
Bunglawussi Watch trying to sell “innocent God-fearing Muslims”
Commenting on the EDL’s supposed threat to field candidates in parliamentary and council elections, theÂ Star observed that the organisation “could soon become a political force”, in which case “Tommy and his followers will have to be taken very seriously”.
What a difference four days can make.
TheÂ Star has now done a 180-degree turn on the EDL. An editorial in today’s issue attacks the EDL’s claim to be “non-racist, non-violent and the voice of reason against the spread of Islamic fundamentalism in this country”. It dismisses the EDL as an organisation whose “membership is tiny” and refers to the criminal records of some of its leading figures.
The editorial concludes that “blaming all our problems on innocent God-fearing Muslims is not the answer” and pledges that “we’ll never stop making that clear to the rag-tag bunch of thugs called the EDL”. Daily Star backpedals on support forÂ EDL (we shall see….)
Mr Wilders believes that some of the measures he wants to take in collaboration with the ruling Dutch coalition will eventually be introduced across Europe. Some critics say many of the current cabinet’s intended measures are in violation of European legislation. However, Mr Wilders argues that many people in other European countries support the measures.
A party similar to the PVV has been created in Germany: Die Freiheit (Freedom), led by Rene Stadtkewitz. Mr Wilders says another PVV-type party may be launched in the United Kingdom, filling the gap between the allegedly racist British National Party and the Conservatives.
“The time that the CDU (German Christian Democrats) and the CDA (Dutch Christian Democrats) could ignore the problems is definitively over. It is not a temporary comet or something like that. The genie is out of the bottle and it will never be put back in again. Never again.” Mr Wilders says the fear of new PVV-type parties will ensure that many of the Dutch government’s anti-immigration policies will find widespread support throughout Europe.