- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

After a string of Islamic State-inspired attacks, the leader of the right-wing Dutch Party for Freedom has called on the European Union to ban Muslim immigration into its borders.

Geert Wilders told The (U.K.) Times Tuesday that his plan would “de-Islamise” Europe.

“We have imported a monster, and this monster is called Islam,” Mr. Wilders said.

He made the comment in the wake of the bombing in Ansbach, Germany, in which a Syrian migrant blew himself up and injured 15 at a music festival. The attacker pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, in a video before the attack.

“Syrian. Again,” he said of the attack. “And it will get much worse since our leaders are cowards and weak.”

The call to ban Muslim immigration echoes the one made by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, whom Mr. Wilders said he supports because he “defends the interests of his own people.”

The billionaire businessman has since said his prohibition would be based on geographic areas compromised by terrorism, rather than a blanket ban on the religion.

“I’m looking now at territory,” Mr. Trump said in an interview Sunday. “People were so upset when I used the word ‘Muslim.’ Oh, you can’t use the word ‘Muslim.’ Remember this. And I’m OK with that, because I’m talking territory instead of Muslim.”

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