Geert Wilders is a Dutch politician who founded and leads the populist Party for Freedom (PVV). He is best known for his critical stance towards Islam.
Wilders came to international prominence in 2008 after he produced an anti-Islam film Fitna, which discussed the dangers of jihad. He first entered the Dutch parliament in 1998 as a member of the center-right People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). He was expelled in 2004 and founded the PVV. The party follows a populist anti-EU, anti-immigrant course. In the 2017 national elections, the PVV finished second with a total of five seats. Wilders has been the subject of a series of death threats and is the most heavily-guarded politician in the Netherlans. Here is an automatic compilation of DW content about Geert Wilders.
Talks between Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's conservative VVD and three other parties have ended without success. The smallest of the possible coalition partners, Green Left, refused to break a promise on immigration.
The votes were tallied in the overnight hours following the Dutch general election. The liberal democrats (VVD) took the most seats, giving Mark Rutte a third term as prime minister, albeit with diminished support. The right nationalists (PVV) of Geert Wilders placed a distant second, scarcely ahead of the Christian Democrats and progressives. The Green-Left surged while Labor was routed.
Almost 13 million people can vote in the Netherlands' parliamentary election. Right-wing leader Geert Wilders is in the fray with his populist Party for Freedom. The vote is the first of three major ones in Europe: France follows, and then Germany.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and rival MP Geert Wilders faced each other on stage and in public Monday night. The liberal conservative and far-right populist have starkly contrasting views on the future of the Netherlands and Europe.