News

European countries should adopt Donald Trump-style travel bans to counter a wave of Islamisation supposedly sweeping the continent, the Dutch anti-immigrant politician Geert Wilders has said. Wilders, the leader of the Netherlands’ Freedom party (PVV), made his comments at a gathering of far-right leaders in Prague. He also urged Europe to adopt Australia’s tactics in turning back migrant boats and to build new border walls, as Trump has vowed to do along the US frontier with Mexico.

...

PVV leader Geert Wilders announced that he is pressing discrimination charges against Prime Minister Mark Rutte. According to Wilders, Rutte and his government are significantly discriminating against "ordinary Dutch", he said to broadcaster NOS. "For example, asylum seekers receive a lot for free, free health insurance and no deductible... but Dutch have to pay that. Foreign companies also get all kinds of advantages and Dutch people get a VAT increase on their groceries. That is simply...

Some 14 members of anti-Islamic organization Pegida Nederland held an early Sunday morning protest action against the construction of a mosque, with at least one person accused of dousing the site with pig's blood. A video that the organization posted on Twitter and Facebook shows a man disguised as a priest planting a wooden cross at the mosque site, and then using a toilet brush to splatter the blood on the cross and around the location.

Enschede mayor Onno van Veldhuizen...

Far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders has pushed for ethnic qualifications to decide who is able to become a Dutch lawmaker. “This is the Netherlands’ parliament, you have to be Dutch here. I don’t want a Turk, a Moroccan, or a Swede in parliament. Don’t I have a right to say that? This is my country,” Wilders, a Dutch lawmaker notorious for his anti-Islamic and anti-immigrant views, said in parliament. Wilders, leader of the far-right Party for Freedom (PVV), also spoke out against a...

Dutch parliament refused Denk Party's request to discuss the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) survey, which found that Muslims in the Netherlands experience discrimination at the highest rate among EU member states. According to the results of the U.S.-based FRA survey, the Muslim community in the Netherlands is more widely discriminated against than any other Muslim communities in the EU. In response to the results of the survey, the Dutch Denk Party, founded by Dutch-Turks, is...

An under-construction mosque in southeastern Netherlands was targeted by a group of far-right extremists, head of the mosque said Saturday. The far-right 'Identitair Verzet' movement hanged anti-Islam banners at the roof of Tevhid mosque which is under construction in Venlo city.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Ahmet Dursun, head of Tevhid Mosque, condemned the incident and said there were many far-right extremists in their neighborhood, but they were not expecting such an attack. "We've...

Far-right protesters have hung death’s-head images from the doors of an Islamic primary school in Leiden as children returned from the summer holiday. Teachers arriving at the IBS Er-Risèlèh school on Monday found a bicycle lock had been put on the doors of the building and a note referring to terrorist attacks in Europe. ‘We need to tackle the problem by the roots,’ it said.

The school said it had reported the incident to the police. ‘We have tried to keep it from our pupils, but...

A high school in the Netherlands said on Monday that students wearing headscarves would not be allowed into the graduation ceremony. Melanchton High School's branch located in Rotterdam's Schiebroek sent an invitation to graduating students and their parents, which stated that the students are not allowed to attend the event with their headscarves.

The "Denk" (Think) party, which was founded by former MPs of Turkish origin and NIDA Rotterdam (a Dutch political party inspired by Islam...

A Dutch court on Tuesday ruled that the government was “partially liable” for the deaths of some 300 Muslim men during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. The Hague Appeals Court judge Gepke Dulek ruled that Dutch soldiers “deprived 300 Bosnian men of the chance of survival" by taking them out of the UN military camp. The court also ruled that 30 percent of the compensation demanded by the relatives of the victims should be covered by the Dutch government.

The decision by a Dutch court of...

The as-Soennah mosque in The Hague received a letter in which an anonymous writer seems to threaten with an attack with a truck on a mosque or school. "Don't forget that you're vulnerable too in Europe", the letter begins. The envelope also included a toy truck, RTL Nieuws reports. "With every cowardly attack on our citizens and children, a counter-attack can follow on your innocent visitors of mosques or whatever. A truck that hits a mosque or school! Don't forget that!", the letter states...

Dutch lawmakers have voiced opposition to a proposal by Amsterdam's top police official to consider allowing female Muslim agents to wear headscarfs, Dutch media reported Friday. At least six major political parties are against plans from Commissioner Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg to introduce Islamic headscarves to women's uniforms as part of a recruitment drive to diversify law enforcement in the Dutch capital.

Aalbersberg on Thursday said he wanted to boost multiculturalism among...

Utrecht was right to lower a Muslim woman's welfare benefit after she refused to remove her Niqab during work training, the Central Court of Appeals in Utrecht ruled on Tuesday. According to the court, the chance of the woman finding work quickly while wearing her Niqab is very small and "this causes unnecessary pressure on public funds", ANP reports.

The woman in question turned to court to complain about the municipality of Utrecht cutting 30 percent off her welfare benefit for two...

The majority of Turkish citizens living abroad supported the constitutional changes with the "yes" campaign garnering 75 percent of the vote in Belgium, 73 percent in Austria, 71 percent in the Netherlands, 65 percent in France and 63 percent in Germany. The voter turnout for citizens living abroad was 48 percent with 1.4 million having a say in the referendum, 7 percent higher than the Nov. 1, 2015 general elections. Despite having to travel long distances to reach polling stations at the...

A Dutch retailer has withdrawn from its stores a children's colouring book that featured Adolf Hitler, complete with Nazi salute and a Swastika on his arm.

Kruidvat, which sells household goods, said on Facebook that it "deeply regretted this incident".

It described the image, appearing in two different colouring books themed around football and castle towers, as "inappropriate".

"The colouring books went on sale on Monday April 3 and were immediately withdrawn from sale...

the brutal attacks on Dutch-Turks and journalists and the banning of a Turkish minister by the Netherlands, the European Union and NATO have refrained from criticizing their member state and called for dialogue to overcome the tension.

In a joint statement by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn, the EU said "it is essential to avoid further escalation and find ways to calm down the situation." NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg also urged...