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Far-right in Netherlands coalition deal

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Far-right in Netherlands coalition deal


In the Netherlands, leaders of centre-right parties have struck a deal to form a coalition government.

But the Liberals of Mark Rutte and the Christian Democrats, led by Maxime Verhagen, will have to rely on the controversial anti-Islam Freedom Party, whose leader Geert Wilders is currently on trial for inciting hatred and discrimination against Muslims.

He has called Islam a ‘backward religion’ and wants the Koran to be banned.

In the elections, after the previous government fell earlier in the year, Mark Rutte’s VVD liberal party won the most votes. His campaign for austerity struck a chord with the electorate worried about a sickly economy.

The coalition deal has yet to be approved by party rank and file and many Christian Democrats are expected to voice their discontent at their party congress at the weekend.

In fact leading figures from both principal parties have spoken out against working with Wilders, but if approved it will be the first minority government in the Netherlands since the war.

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