The first time Geert Wilders was put on trial for inciting hatred, his popularity only grew. He had called for the Koran to be banned in the Netherlands and said “criminal” Moroccans should be deported. His acquittal in the 2011 trial became a rallying point for his brand of free speech, which is most often deployed to attack Muslims. In the years since the trial, support for Wilders and his Party for Freedom has soared. He is neck-and-neck in the polls with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. General elections will take place next March. But now, Wilders is being put on trial for hate speech — again. On Friday, a judge ruled that a trial that began in 2014 but was suspended can proceed. Wilders had argued… Next »

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