Last Update 21:35
Monday, 16 September 2019

Wilders puts brave face on electoral setback

AP , Thursday 16 Mar 2017
Geert Wilders
Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders of the PVV Party takes part in a meeting at the Dutch Parliament after the general election in The Hague, Netherlands, March 16, 2017 (Photo: Reuters)
Views: 1617
Views: 1617

Putting a brave face on a result widely interpreted as a set-back for far-right populism, the Netherlands' anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders has popped the cork on a bottle of sparkling wine at a meeting of his new Parliamentary bloc, celebrating increasing his bloc from 15 in 2012 to 20 at Wednesday's vote.

Wilders told lawmakers Thursday: "We are the second party in the Netherlands. Congratulations!" But the far-right populist conceded, "We would have preferred to be the first party."

In mid-December, polls suggested Wilders' Party for Freedom was on course to easily become the largest party, but his support ebbed away as Wednesday's election approached.

The party finished second behind the right-wing VVD of Prime Minister Mark Rutte and now looks likely to spend the next parliamentary term in opposition as all mainstream parties have ruled out forming a coalition with Wilders.

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online.