Dutch far-rightist Wilders says others will soon forget pledge not to work with him

 Reuters International

FEB 12, 2017 – 
FILE PHOTO:France’s National Front leader Marine Le Pen and Netherlands’ Party for Freedom (PVV) leader Geert Wilders take a Selfie during a European far-right leaders meeting to discuss about the European Union, in Koblenz, Germany, January 21, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/File Photo


By Toby Sterling

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Anti-Islam Dutch politician Geert Wilders said on Sunday that promises by other parties not to work with him would be quickly forgotten if, as expected, his far-right Party of Freedom gets more than 30 parliamentary seats in next month’s election.

He then traded barbs on Twitter with Prime Minister Mark Rutte about who will work with whom after the March 15 vote.

Wilders has proclaimed that Europe is about to enter a “Patriotic Spring” in which populist parties will triumph in the Netherlands and France following last year’s vote by Britain to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president.

Freedom leads in most opinion polls, with Rutte’s conservative VVD party in second place. But the VVD and other Dutch mainstream parties have said they won’t enter into a coalition with Wilders because his platform calls for banning mosques and the Koran as well as leaving the European Union.

In his first major televised interview ahead of the election, Wilders said on Sunday that those promises would be ditched if Freedom gets 30 or more seats in the 150-seat Dutch parliament.

“In the first place, they’ll have to,” he said. “You can’t just shove two and a half million people aside after democratic elections, that would be very ill-advised.”


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(Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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