Wilders takes Dutch state to court to head off EU emergency fund

Geert Wilders is taking legal action against the Dutch state in an effort to stop the Netherlands supporting the European financial emergency fund.

Bram Moszkowicz, the lawyer who represented Wilders when he was charged with inciting racial hatred, will head the legal team, the parliamentarian told the Telegraaf this week.
Wilders claims by supporting the fund, the Netherlands is handing over power to Brussels. This, he says, is something the caretaker government cannot do without giving voters their say first.
The Netherlands goes to the polls to elect a new parliament in September, but the emergency fund has to be ratified before this. The fund, which will have at least €500bn at its disposal to start with, is due to launch in July.
Prime minister Mark Rutte has already signed the agreement but parliament needs to give its approval as well.
Wilders told the paper his decision to go to court is unique in parliamentary history, but denied it was an election stunt. ‘I am defending the interests of the Netherlands,’ he told the paper. He earlier failed to get enough support in parliament to call a halt to the ratification process.
The PVV leader has said several times he intends to make the election campaign a referendum on Europe.

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