Mark Rutte

Dutch court convicts far-right populist politician of inciting discrimination

Dutch court convicts far-right populist politician of inciting discrimination

A far-right Dutch politician who has made attacks on Islam his signature issue was convicted Friday of inciting discrimination – but the court ordered no penalty, and more serious hate-speech charges were dropped.

The trial of Geert Wilders, whose Party for Freedom is leading in polls ahead of parliamentary elections set for March 2017, had been closely watched not only in the Netherlands, but elsewhere in Europe, where far-right populist parties have seen a surge of support.

Public attitudes about Islam, immigration and cultural assimilation are likely to have a strong bearing on elections next year in Germany and France, in addition to balloting in the onetime...

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