Mayor Bloomberg: "I hope [Wilders] spends a lot of money. We need the sales tax revenue."
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Dutch MP and vehement Islam critic Geert Wilders will travel to New York to speak at a Sept. 11 protest against Park51
, the so-called "Ground Zero mosque", sparking controversy in the Netherlands where he is currently taking part
in negotiations to form a new government
. Dutch diplomats
Although Wilders' Party for Freedom (PVV) will not — if negotiations succeed — take part in the envisioned cabinet, he will be in a position to exert substantial influence
on it as a coalition of free-market VVD and Christian Democrats (CDA) will have no majority in the House of Representatives and will have to rely on the PVV for parliamentary support. Even with the PVV, it will have a majority of just one vote.
This unorthodox construction — even in the Netherlands where drawn-out, complicated cabinet formations between multiple parties are common — is often compared
to the situation in Denmark, where the People's Party, ideologically comparable to the PVV, has propped up a minority government since 2001
, in return securing some of its policies such as a strict immigration policy.
Wilders was invited to speak in New York by Pamela Geller's "Stop Islamization of America
Previously on Metafilter: Geert Wilders
, Cordoba Initiative