The far-right is dangerously rising in the Netherlands as Geert Wilders’ party, the “Party For Freedom” (PVV) reached unprecedented records in the polls this week.
If there were general elections tomorrow, the PVV would win between 39 and 41 seats in the 150-seat Dutch parliament. This represents a rise of 6 seats on a month ago.
Currently the party has only 15 seats in the parliament but this number is likely to rise in the next elections planned for March 2017.
The anti-Islam party gained popularity with its anti-refugee statements and its focus on insecurity. Since the beginning of the refugee crisis, the PVV gained in average of 1 seat a week. The terrorist attacks in Paris only added oil to the fire.
This success indicates the Dutch, contrary to their current leadership, are mostly reluctant to welcoming refugees in their country. The French polling institute Ifop indicates that only 48% of the Dutch think migrants should be divided between European states. In addition, 85% believe significant number of terrorists are arriving among refugees in Europe.
In the wake of the Cologne sexual assaults, the PVV, surfing on the populist wave, gained further support by blaming Muslim migrants and the Islam religion overall.
Even though the PVV is the largest party in the Netherlands, local newspapers report Geert Wilders is also the least liked person in the country. The politician has been living under police protection since more than 10 years.