[quote]Landslide for Geert Wilders in Limburg province Published on 10 June 2010 - 8:40am
The Dutch province of Limburg, birthplace of one of Wednesday’s election winners Geert Wilders, has become Freedom Party country overnight. One in four voters in the province voted for the anti-Islam and anti-immigration party, making it the biggest party in many of Limburg’s districts.
The 26.9 percent result in the southernmost part of the Netherlands is a landslide victory for Mr Wilders whose party polled only 10 percent of the Limburg vote in the 2006 general elections.
Historically, the predominantly Roman Catholic population of the province voted Christian Democrat, but this year the electorate followed the national trend, leading to a fourth position for the once all-powerful party in Limburg.[/quote]
Jun 10, 2010
Election shocks Netherlands
THE HAGUE - THE spectacular election breakthrough of the far-right anti-Muslim Party for Freedom shocked the Netherlands on Thursday as two mainstream parties braced for weeks of coalition haggling.
The pro-business Liberal VVD party had 31 seats and the Labour party (PvdA) 30, with 98 per cent of the vote counted. But far-right PVV leader Geert Wilders demanded a share of government after his party came third with 24, more than doubling its seats in the 150 member parliament.
‘Nobody in The Hague can bypass the PVV anymore,’ said Mr Wilders, whose party wants an end to immigration from Muslim countries and a ban on new mosques and the Koran. ‘We want to be part of the new government,’ declared Mr Wilders, a distinctive figure with his shock of dyed blonde hair who has to live at secret addresses because of his controversial political stand. ‘The impossible has happened,’ he told a party gathering, hailing the PVV as ‘the biggest winner’ of the election. ‘The Netherlands chose more security, less crime, less immigration and less Islam.’[/quote]
Man, public opinion of Wilders sure seems to have done a 180. I wonder why? I mean that as a serious question, not a rhetorical one.
How bad is the situation in the Netherlands that Wilders has become this popular? The Dutch are famous for their tolerance, soooo…I just want to know more. I’m really curious to hear from Forumosans more familiar with the Netherlands than I.