Anti-Islam politician Wilders aims to ‘paralyze’ Dutch government

(Reuters) – Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders is counting on concern over Paris militant attacks to help him “paralyze” the center-right coalition government and stake a claim to greater national influence.

Accused by critics of inflaming tensions in a land that has long welcomed workers from Morocco and Turkey, Wilders goes into local elections on March 18 with his Freedom Party commanding about 25 percent support — far more than any other and enough, possibly, to give him a blocking vote in the Upper House.

Wilders, who has lived under 24-hour security since the murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh a decade ago by an Islamist militant, says he will make forays onto the street to campaign. But he will appear in public only briefly surrounded by bodyguards.

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  • Brett_McS

    So even this sneering article admits that Wilder’s party will be by far the largest and will even be bigger than the current coalition between the odd-fellow establishment parties that have combined to stop him being Prime Minister. Should be an interesting election to keep an eye on; a data point in European trends.

  • simus1

    Wilder’s always seems run up on the rocks time after time after he catches a big wave. Poor at teamwork, loose party discipline, incompetent underlings, deliberate sabotage and lies from from his enemies on the left?
    Whatever it is, it needs more attention than grandiose “if this, then that,” strategies.

  • Millie_Woods

    The EU will find a way to neuter him if he gets too powerful. Unless a sleeper cell gets to him first, á la Charlie Hebdo.

  • glasnost

    “…his radical views, left him isolated from mainstream parties…

    There’s the typical media trope; in fact Wilders’ views are NOT RADICAL to mainstream PEOPLE.