PVV’s Gidi Markuszower fails ministerial security check

Gidi Markuszower in parliament earlier this month. Photo: Dirk Hol ANP

Gidi Markuszower, nominated by the far-right PVV as minister for asylum and migration in the next coalition government, has failed to clear the screening process and is no longer part of the ministerial line-up.

PVV leader Geert Wilders said on social media that issues had come to light during the screening which could be problematic for his functioning as a minister, and this was reason enough for him to withdraw the candidacy.

His place will be taken by Marjolein Faber, a former senator for the party who moved to the lower house at the last election.

Markuszower reacted to the decision by saying that it “all feels Kafka-esque”. “The average terrorist would appear to have more rights than a politician who talks straight,” he said.

Markuszower had to withdraw as a PVV candidate for parliament in 2010 after it emerged he had been flagged up by the intelligence service as a “risk to the integrity of the Netherlands”.

Interior minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin warned Wilders in a letter that the AIVD suspected Markuszower of passing information to a “foreign power” – thought to be Israel, where he was born.

Markuszower has described the outgoing government’s immigration policy as “a massive crime against the Dutch people” and said the politicians responsible should be placed before a tribunal.

He has also said Ukrainian refugees are happy to come to the Netherlands because here “they don’t pay rent, or for water, gas and electricity”.

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