In an unverified video, the leader of the Partij Voor De Vrijheid (PVV-Freedom Party), Geert Wilders in the Netherlands, has urged Muslims in the country who find their religious scripture Quran Sharif, far more important than the rules and regulations of the state should leave the country immediately. He is most likely to become the new Prime Minister of the Netherlands.
Message for Muslims
“I have a message for all the Muslims in the Netherlands who do not value our freedom, our democracy, and our core values, who find the Quran more important than our secular values to leave the country. “There are many of them, and research by Professor Koompans says that they are around seven lakhs. My message to them is, Get Out! Leave for an Islamic country, and then you can enjoy Islamic rules. Those are their rules but not ours.
“Today, tomorrow or the day after, the PVV will be part of the new government, and I will be the Prime Minister of this beautiful nation. Wilders earlier wrote on X (formerly called Twitter).
Current Situation of Dutch Politics
Wilders declared its readiness to adjust its positions to form a government. Despite his party winning the greatest number of seats in the recent election, the PVV is projected to hold only 25 per cent of the seats in the Dutch Parliament, necessitating collaboration with other parties for governance. The conservative VVD party (Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie) under the new leader, Dilan Yesigoz, had not dismissed the possibility of a Wilders government from the outside. They have, however, ruled out cabinet participation.
Meanwhile, Pieter Omtizgt from the centrist NSC party sees challenges in aligning with the Wilders government due to his extremist views, which might bring conflict with the Dutch constitution’s religious freedom principles.
About Geert Wilders
Born on September 6, 1963, Wilders has been at the forefront of Dutch politics since the foundation of the PVV in the Netherlands in 2006. His political journey started much earlier with his election to the Netherlands National Parliament in 1998. Initially a member of the conservative VVD Party, he left the party due to disagreements over the EU accession of Turkey, forming his own party.
He is well known for his stringent anti-Islam rhetoric and opposition to mosque building and the European Union (EU). He is a populist leader. Populism in international relations means how political parties and individuals prioritise their own interests or groups’ interests over those of the country.
Coalition talks in the Netherlands
Coalition talks in the Netherlands of ten extend over several months with shifting positions on party cooperation. If Wilders fails to form a government, a more centrist alliance excluding the PVV could emerge, with new elections being a last resort, as per Reuters.
In the Netherlands, the main challenge facing the PVV will be to navigate the complex coalition dynamics inherent in Dutch politics. Despite their significant electoral gains, forming a government may prove difficult due to the reluctance of other parties to align with the PVV’s controversial positions.