PVV leader Geert Wilders is temporarily withdrawing three extremely controversial bills from his party. He previously announced that he would shelve controversial positions of his party, which, for example, conflict with the constitution. In this way he wants to remove an important barrier for other parties to form with him.
This includes a proposal to ban ‘certain Islamic expressions’. The Council of State ruled that the bill ‘discriminatorily deprives an entire population group of its right to fundamental freedom rights’.
Another bill is the plan to deprive people with multiple nationalities of their right to vote, and to stipulate in the constitution ‘that persons with multiple nationalities may not be appointed to some positions’, such as minister, King’s Commissioner and mayor. The Council of State speaks of a bill that violates the prohibition of discrimination and fundamental rights for large population groups, and as a result of which ‘these groups are treated as second-class citizens’.
The latest bill should make it possible to detain people associated with possible terrorist activities without the intervention of a judge. According to the Council of State, that plan is ‘going ahead in a way that is not acceptable in a constitutional state’.
The PVV is talking to the VVD, NSC of Pieter Omtzigt and BBB about a possible cabinet formation. It is known that discussions will initially focus on possible disagreements about how the parties view the rule of law and the constitution. Wilders has always said that he is willing to go far to accommodate the other parties. Part of this involves temporarily ‘putting on ice’ plans that the PVV supports, but which violate fundamental rights.
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