He has been compared to Marine Le Pen, but actually Geert Wilders’ provocative and aggressive style is more like that of Donald Trump: He doesn’t hesitate to provoke scandal, resorting to invectives and an openly racist vocabulary. This has shaken the country with a genuine tide of hatred.
Wilders is the leader of the Party for Freedom, PVV, a xenophobic and anti-Islamic party leading the polls in Dutch parliamentary elections to be held on March 15. He started his election campaign in the town of Spijkenisse, near Rotterdam, with a series of alarming claims. ”If you want to regain your country, if you want to make the Netherlands for the people of the Netherlands, your own home again, than you can only vote [for the Freedom party],” said the exponent of the new right in front of a small crowd, adding, “there is a lot of Moroccan scum in Holland who make the streets unsafe, mostly young people … and that should change.”
His extreme tone has helped make him one of the most popular politicians in the Netherlands, where PVV could gain nearly 30 seats, out of a total of 150. That would be more than 20 percent of the consensus. He leads by several points the liberal-conservatives of Prime Minister Mark Rutte, which has formed a “grand coalition” government with Labour since 2012.