Geert Wilders

Picture of Geert Wilders

Date of Birth: 09/06/1963

Age: 53

Place of birth: Venlo

Nationality: Netherlands


In September 2004, the Wilders left the ranks of the People`s Party for Freedom and Democracy, of which he has been since 1989, and founded his own party - the Freedom Party (PVV). The reason for leaving the People`s Party for Freedom and Democracy was the Wilders disagreement with the position of the party on the beginning of negotiations with Turkey on accession to the European Union, as well as many other issues.

In the national elections in November 2006, the Freedom Party received 6% of the vote and 16% - in the election of representatives to the European Parliament Dutch June 4, 2009.

January 20, 2010 in Amsterdam, the trial Wilders on charges of inciting hatred against Muslims, as he called the Quran a source of Islamic terrorism. In April 2008, the Court has already considered the lawsuit against Wilders with the Dutch Islamic Federation on charges of incitement to violence and did not find in his remarks violation of the law. February 3, 2010 Wilders has opened a special website dedicated to the current trial.

March 3, 2010 PVV for the first time took part in the municipal elections and won first place in Almere and the second - in The Hague.

Political Views

Wilders is a member of libertarianism - the ideology of free will. He is known for his sharp criticism of Islam and the proposal to ban Muslim immigration to the Netherlands. On many issues, his views coincide with those of other well-known Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn. Wilders has made a documentary short film Fitna, which caused a wide international resonance.

Wilders is a supporter of Israel in the Middle East conflict, and 2 years spent in the country. [2] Wilders said that "Israel is the West`s first line of defense" against what he calls an Islamic threat.

Wilders is sometimes associated with far-right nationalists, but he strongly objected to such a comparison. He said that "My allies are not Le Pen or Haider, ... We will never unite with the Nazis." He believes the greatest role model for Margaret Thatcher`s policies.

Wilders said that if he becomes prime minister, it will introduce a ban on the wearing of the burqa, ban the building of mosques and take measures to stop immigration from Muslim countries.

Candidate of Historical Sciences Phillip Pleschunov argues that the growth of the rating provided Wilders `anti-Islamic, it is widely replicated statements, backed up by documentary film "Fitna", criticizing the Quran and compare it with the work of Adolf Hitler`s "Mein Kampf.`"


Famous American neo-conservative Daniel Pipes considers Wilders` one of the most promising and influential politicians in the Netherlands and believes that it has all the chances to become prime minister of the country:

Polls now show that the PVV gets the most votes and became the largest party in the country. If Wilders to become prime minister, he could lead the whole of Europe

Opponents Wilders - leftists and Muslims - call it "right-wing extremist."