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Geert Wilders (Venlo, 6 september 1963) is een Nederlands politicus. Hij is partijleider van de Partij voor de Vrijheid (PVV) en namens deze partij fractieleider in de Tweede Kamer. Doordat de PVV gedoogpartij was van het kabinet-Rutte I, een minderheidskabinet bestaande uit VVD en CDA, was hij in 2010 betrokken bij de totstandkoming hiervan.

 

Wilders begon zijn politieke carrière in 1997 in de Utrechtse gemeenteraad. Een jaar later werd hij Tweede Kamerlid namens de VVD, waarvan hij in 1989 lid was geworden. Op 3 september 2004 stapte hij uit deze fractie en richtte zijn eenmansfractie op, de Groep Wilders. De voortzetting daarvan werd de PVV, waarvan Wilders tot op heden enig lid is. Na de Tweede Kamerverkiezingen van november 2006 werd hij fractievoorzitter.

 

Wilders staat bekend als een criticus van de islam, verder is hij bekend vanwege zijn uitgesproken standpunten met betrekking tot de Europese Unie, de euro, immigratie en de vrijheid van meningsuiting.

 

Politieke functies

  • 1997-1998     Lid gemeenteraad Utrecht
  • 1998-heden     Lid Tweede Kamer
  • 2004-heden     Politiek leider
  • 2004-heden     Fractievoorzitter TK
  • 2006-heden     Partijvoorzitter
  • 2010 (mrt-jun)     Lid gemeenteraad Den Haag

 

Oppositie (2012-nu)

In februari 2013 bracht Wilders, op uitnodiging van Q Society, een bezoek aan Australië om daar enkele lezingen te houden over "islam, het Westen en vrijheid van meningsuiting". Hij had dit al voor het najaar van 2012 gepland, maar moeten uitstellen omdat hij geen visum kreeg. Wilders hield een toespraak in Sydney en een in Melbourne, die werd voorafgegaan door een valse bommelding. Een geplande derde toespraak in Perth moest worden afgelast omdat Wilders hiervoor geen zaal kon vinden. Wilders' komst naar Australië leidde tot diverse demonstraties en de Australische politici weigerden hem te ontmoeten.

 

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Geert Wilders (born 6 September 1963) is a Dutch politician and the founder and leader of the Party for Freedom (Partij voor de Vrijheid – PVV), the fourth-largest political party in the Netherlands. Wilders is the Parliamentary group leader of his party in the Dutch House of Representatives. In the formation in 2010 of the current Rutte cabinet, a minority cabinet of VVD and CDA, he actively participated in the negotiations, resulting in a "support agreement" (gedoogakkoord) between the PVV and these parties, but withdrew his support in April 2012, citing disagreements with the cabinet on proposed budget cuts. Wilders is best known for his criticism of Islam, summing up his views by saying, "I don't hate Muslims, I hate Islam". Wilders' views regarding Islam have made him a controversial figure in the Netherlands and abroad.

 

Raised a Roman Catholic, Wilders left the church at his coming of age. His travels to Israel as a young adult, as well as to neighbouring Arab countries, helped form his political views. Wilders worked as a speechwriter for the conservative-liberal People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie – VVD), and later served as parliamentary assistant to party leader Frits Bolkestein from 1990 to 1998. He was elected to the Utrecht city council in 1996, and later to the House of Representatives. Citing irreconcilable differences over the party's position on the accession of Turkey to the European Union, he left the VVD in 2004 to form his own party, the Party for Freedom.

 

Wilders has campaigned to stop what he views as the "Islamisation of the Netherlands". He compares the Quran with Mein Kampf and has campaigned to have the book banned in the Netherlands. He advocates ending immigration from Muslim countries, and supports banning the construction of new mosques. Wilders was a speaker at the Facing Jihad Conference held in Jerusalem in 2008, which discussed the dangers of jihad, and has called for a hard line against what he called the "street terror" exerted by minorities in Dutch cities. His controversial 2008 film about his views on Islam, Fitna, received international attention. He has been described in the media as populist and labeled far-right, though this is disputed by other observers. Wilders, who has refused to align himself with European far-right leaders such as Jean-Marie Le Pen and Jörg Haider, views himself as a right-wing liberal and has expressed concern of being "linked with the wrong rightist fascist groups."

 

Wilders was banned from entering the United Kingdom between 12 February 2009 and 13 October 2009 by the Labour government, the Home Office saying his presence would be a "threat to one of the fundamental interests of society". The ban was overturned after Wilders appealed and he visited the UK in October 2009, and again in March 2010 to show his film. In January 2009, the Amster. am Court of Appeal ordered Wilders' prosecution for "incitement to hatred and discrimination". Wilders was acquitted of these charges on 23 June 2011.

 

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July 8, 2010

updated: 2013-05-22

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