Dutch election: Geert Wilders jumps to second place in warning to EU – latest poll
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Far-right candidate Geert Wilders is set to come second in a huge climb from just five seats in Parliament to a whopping 20. According to Politico’s latest poll of polls, which amalgamates all well-conducted polls on a specific topic to a single estimate, the PVV leader will gain 13 percent of the votes, sending shockwaves to the incumbent Prime Minister Mark Rutte, still leading the race.
Mr Rutte, who has been the caretaker Prime Minister of the Netherlands since the Government quit in January after a subsidies scandal, is still heading the polls with 25 percent of the vote.
This will allow him to get up to 40 seats in Parliament but he will still be left in need of a coalition partner.
In a bid to dismiss Mr Rutte’s current popularity, the far-right leader told AFP: “The current government is rather popular now, at least the prime minister is, but then again in a time of crisis, people tend to rally around the flag.
“Other issues such as immigration are still important.
“For my voters, it’s still number one, but if you look at the average Dutchman, corona is the number one issue.”
Mr Wilders said in his campaign manifesto that the three largest parties should automatically enter into talks for a post-election coalition.
But Mr Rutte has already ruled out inviting Mr Wilders to team up with him.
According to Koen Vossen, a political historian at Radboud University in Nijmegen, “there is very little to indicate, except for the fact that Wilders says he wants to cooperate, that he is actually willing to do so”.
In his manifesto, Mr Wilders wrote that he wants the Netherlands to return to “a country without headscarves, but with traditional Dutch cosiness”.
In the wake of the Government subsidies scandal which saw Mr Rutte’s Government wrongly accuse families of child welfare fraud, asking them to repay the money given to them, Mr Rutte’s party has seen its popularity dip.
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MPs said families had suffered an “unparalleled wrong” and many of those affected were from immigrant backgrounds, leaving hundreds plunged into financial difficulty.
Speaking to reporters about the resignation, Mr Rutte told reporters: “Innocent people have been criminalised and their lives ruined. The buck stops here.”
A win or significant gains for Geert Wilders would be a crushing blow for the European Union.
Mr Wilders echoes many sentiments espoused during the Brexit and Donald Trump campaigns.
He is the most Eurosceptic political entrepreneur in Dutch politics, having previously said he wanted to bring down the European Union
In the wake of the EU Referendum vote in 2016, Mr Wilders took to Twitter to congratulate Britons and demand a referendum vote in the Netherlands.
He wrote: “Hurrah for the British! Now it is our turn. Time for Dutch referendum”.
In fact, he was once considered such an enemy of the EU, the BBC launched a documentary entitled ‘Geert Wilders: Europe’s Most Dangerous Man?’.
The PVV are particularly dissatisfied with the EU’s policy direction, with a strong anti-immigration sentiment in the party.
The party’s leader has pledged to close the country’s borders, shut down mosques and ban the Quran.
Mr Wilder’s party manifesto is especially concerned with those holding a passport of another nation.
The PVV calls for a strong assimilationist stance on the integration of immigrants, proposing they forgo second passports from other nations.
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