The controversial right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders says he intends to govern in the Netherlands after the elections, and expects the electorate to rise up if other political parties deny him that option. In a rare 40-minute interview with broadcaster WNL, the far-right leader also compared mosques to Nazi temples and the Quran to Hitler’s autobiography Mein Kampf. Mr Wilders does not often sit down for in-depth interviews with Dutch media. The founder of the one-man Party for Freedom, or PVV, prefers to control the narrative through Twitter. The “Dutch Trump” knows that the media will pick up news from his timeline.
But with five weeks to go until the elections, Mr Wilders is stepping up his campaign. A new video shows he aims to emulate the changes brought by Brexit and Donald Trump’s victory. His slogan: “The Netherlands is ours again.” His one-page, 11-point programme aims to “de-Islamise” the Netherlands and shut the borders to immigrants.
During Sunday’s interview, he expanded on how he would achieve his goals, some of which contradict the Dutch constitutional right to freedom of religion. Asked how a ban on the Quran would work in practice, Mr Wilders compared it to the Dutch ban on Adolf Hitler’s autobiography Mein Kampf.