Wilders under Christian Democratic fire

MP Geert Wilders, leader of the anti-immigration party PVV, is setting groups in society against each other with his generalisations about Islam, foreign minister Maxime Verhagen said on Wednesday evening.

Verhagen was speaking at the end of the Amnesty International film festival.
Wilders’ views on Islam lumped everyone in one corner, Verhagen, a Christian Democrat, was reported as saying by the AD.
‘Wilders’ comments are turning the Netherlands into a land of ‘us against them’,’ Verhagen said. ‘That is not the Netherlands I wish to live in. I want to live in the Netherlands with shared values.’
The MP, currently riding high in the opinion polls, wants an end to Muslim immigration in the Netherlands and says the Koran should be banned.

Coalition partners

Meanwhile, the chairman of the CDA has retracted comments he made last month about the possibility of forming a coalition government with Wilders, party sources have told Trouw. Peter van Heeswijk said last month he did not rule out working together with the PVV, if it emerged as the biggest party after the next election.
But party insiders told Trouw that other CDA members say the party cannot join forces with a party which is so opposed to Muslims, leading him to take back the comments. The CDA has a number of high profile Muslim members.
Van Heeswijk later denied the Trouw report, saying the CDA did not rule out forming a coalition with any other democratically elected party, news agency ANP said.

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