Europe’s New Ariane 6 Rocket to Launch Between June 15-July 31, 2024

[ad_1] PARIS (Reuters) – Europe’s new Ariane 6 launcher will stage an inaugural flight between June 15 and July 31 in 2024, the European Space Agency said on Thursday. The keenly awaited window for the first test flight came after a test model of the new rocket passed a key long-firing engine test in French … Read more

Wilders ‘Scout’ Leading First Phase of Dutch Election Talks Resigns

[ad_1] AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The person named by Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders as “scout” to investigate workable governing coalitions after elections in which Wilders won the most seats abruptly resigned on Monday. Gom van Strien, who was appointed on Friday, said in a statement his position had become untenable after reports emerged over the … Read more

Dutch Politician Wilders Vows ‘I Will Be Prime Minister’ on X

[ad_1] AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Veteran Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders on Saturday vowed to be prime minister of the Netherlands eventually, following an election in which his party won the most seats. In a long post on X, formerly Twitter, that expressed frustration at other parties for their apparent unwillingness to cooperate with his Freedom … Read more

Europe’s Far-Right Gathers in Portugal, Shows Support for Chega Ahead of Election

[ad_1] LISBON (Reuters) – Still in celebratory mood after a shock win for Dutch populist Geert Wilders, some of Europe’s far-right leaders gathered in Lisbon on Friday in a show of support for their Portuguese counterpart ahead of a snap election in March. Andre Ventura, leader of Portugal’s far-right party Chega, welcomed members of Europe’s … Read more

Dutch Minister Says She Hopes Aid to Ukraine Will Continue Despite Election Outcome

[ad_1] AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch Defence Minister Kajsa Ollongren said on Friday she hoped the country’s military support to Ukraine would continue even under a new government led by anti-EU populist Geert Wilders, who has said the Dutch should stop providing Kyiv with arms. Wilders, whose far-right Freedom Party (PVV) was the clear winner of … Read more

China Offers Visa-Free Entry for Citizens of France, Germany, Italy

[ad_1] BEIJING (Reuters) -China will temporarily exempt citizens of France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Malaysia from needing visas to visit the world’s second-largest economy in a bid to give a boost to post-pandemic tourism. From Dec. 1 to Nov. 30 next year, citizens of those countries entering China for business, tourism, visiting relatives … Read more

Dutch Parties Tackle Tricky Coalition Talks After Wilders’ Shock Poll Win

[ad_1] By Toby Sterling and Bart H. Meijer AMSTERDAM (Reuters) -Dutch party leaders met on Friday for the first time since anti-Islam populist Geert Wilders won Wednesday’s elections to begin the difficult and lengthy process of building a coalition. Beating all predictions, Wilders’ Freedom Party (PVV) won 37 seats out of 150, well ahead of … Read more

Muslims in Shock Over Anti-Islam Party’s Dutch Poll Win

[ad_1] THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Dutch Muslims expressed shock on Thursday at the election win of far-right populist Geert Wilders, who has previously called for mosques and the Koran to be banned in the Netherlands. Wilders and his Freedom Party (PVV) beat all predictions on Wednesday night by winning 37 seats out of 150 in … Read more

Prosecutors Want Restrictions on Ex-Kosovo President Over Witness Concerns

[ad_1] THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Prosecutors in the war crimes trial of former Kosovo President Hashim Thaci are seeking to restrict communications and keep him apart from other detainees over concerns he and two co-accused are trying to influence witnesses, court filings published on Thursday showed. Prosecutors asked judges to order “the immediate segregation and … Read more

Analysis-Before Taking Power, Dutch Hard-Liner Wilders Will Have to Compromise

[ad_1] By Anthony Deutsch and Toby Sterling AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Geert Wilders, the far-right populist who won the Dutch election, will have to tone down ideas like banning the Koran, leaving the European Union and halting all foreign aid if he wants to succeed in forming – and leading – a coalition government. Wilders, a … Read more