Netherlands 29/02 19:33 CET
Ignoring fresh appeals from the Dutch government, a far-right politician is pressing ahead with plans to release a film criticising the Koran. News of Geert Wilders' controversial production has already sparked outrage in the Muslim world and Taliban threats against Dutch soldiers in Afghanistan.
Wilders has given few details about the film. But he has previously called for the Koran to be banned, likening it to Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf".
Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen summoned Wilders to a meeting, warning him of the potential consequences of the film. Branding its broadcast "irresponsible", Verhagen says Dutch companies, soldiers and people abroad will be endangered.
The Netherlands is no stranger to run-ins with radical Islam. Former Dutch MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali has, like Wilders, received death threats. Her criticism of Islam is very different. She wrote a script for a film accusing Islam of condoning violence against women.
Its director Theo Van Gogh was killed by an Islamic militant shortly after the film's broadcast. And, with memories of that case still fresh, there are real fears in the Dutch government that further bloodshed could lie ahead.
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