Holland: Far-right leader Geert Wilders gives up hope of being next Dutch prime minister


The leader of the far-right Party for Freedom, says he doesn’t have the support of likely coalition partners to become Dutch premier

Anti-Islam and anti-immigration firebrand Geert Wilders has admitted he doesn’t have the support of his prospective coalition partners to become the next Dutch prime minister.

Wilders controversial rhetoric swept him to a stunning victory in the country’s November election.

He took to X on Wednesday, writing: “I can only become premier if ALL parties in the coalition support that. That wasn’t the case.”

His comment came after Dutch media, citing unnamed sources, reported a breakthrough in coalition talks on Tuesday night.

It was claimed that the leaders of all four parties involved in drawn-out coalition negotiations would remain in parliament.

This would set up the likelihood of some sort of technical Cabinet consisting of experts

While it now looks like Wilders will not lead the government, he and his Party for Freedom will remain the driving force behind the next administration.

Wilders later added another comment on X to say that, one day, he still wants to be prime minister:

“Don’t forget: I will still become premier of the Netherlands,” he said. “With the support of even more Dutch people. If not tomorrow, then the day after tomorrow. Because the voice of millions of Dutch people will be heard!”

The PVV leader spent Monday and Tuesday in talks with the leaders of the centre-right People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy, the populist Farmer Citizen Movement and the centrist New Social Contract.

Far-Right gains

Wilders has often called for a ban on mosques, Islamic schools and the Quran. But in a concession to his prospective coalition partners in January, he withdrew draft legislation to implement the bans.

The Netherlands is not alone in seeing a shift to the right.

Far-right parties also are expected to make significant gains in June elections for the European Union’s parliament and Portugal’s inconclusive result in Sunday’s election thrust the populist Chega — or Enough — party into a possible kingmaker’s role.__Courtesy EuroNews