‘Not in my name!’: Dutch nationalist Geert Wilders rebukes EU sending ‘sincere condolences’ to Iran

Cnaan Lidor is The Times of Israel's Jewish World reporter

File - Leader of the Party for Freedom (PVV) Geert Wilders delivers a speech at a post-election meeting at the Nieuwspoort conference center, The Hague, November 23, 2023. (John Thys/AFP)
File - Leader of the Party for Freedom (PVV) Geert Wilders delivers a speech at a post-election meeting at the Nieuwspoort conference center, The Hague, November 23, 2023. (John Thys/AFP)

The European Union extends “sincere condolences” for the death of late Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi and other officials in a helicopter crash yesterday, drawing instant rebuke from Geert Wilders, the leader of the incoming ruling party of the Netherlands.

In an X post, European Council President Charles Michel writes: “The EU expresses its sincere condolences for the death of President Raisi and Foreign Minister Abdollahian, as well as other members of their delegation and crew in a helicopter accident. Our thoughts go to the families.”

Wilders, whose anti-Islam, far-right Party for Freedom had won the election last year and last week announced it successfully negotiated the formation of a ruling coalition, joins countless critics on the social platform, writing on X: “Not In My Name!”

In a separate post, Wilders, a staunch advocate of Israel, labels EU assistance to Iran with locating the crashed helicopter “EU solidarity with evil.”

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