Is Geert Wilders serious?
Since Geert Wilders founded the Freedom Party (PVV) his opponents have been charging that he and his party have no solutions for the problems they diagnose.
But this is getting hard to maintain, now that other parties are starting to adopt PVV proposals.
In 2007 Minister of Intergation Ella Vogelaar said that it was not a problem that more and more muslim women were walking in public fully covered by a burqa. In reaction Geert Wilder proposed a motion to ban the burqa (Dutch) from public space in The Netherlands.
This week the Mayor of Amsterdam, Job Cohen a Labour politician proposed to withhold welfare from people wearing a Burqa. The proposal received sympathetic treatment from the Christian Democrats (CDA) and Labour (PvdA) parties.
Wilders shows himself to be an effective politician
This is not quite a ban, but definitely shows that Wilders'proposals make more sense than his opponents care to admit.
Esther at IslaminEurope has more news on the Burqa battles.