Sybrand Buma, the leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA), said: “We want to see respect for the national anthem. Young people should be taught respect for the king and queen.
“It is not at all obvious that children learn the national anthem today. Once, we learnt the national anthem. And when it was sung, we stood up.”
Geert Wilders rival Sybrand Buma said children should sing the Dutch national anthem
Once, we learnt the national anthem. And when it was sung, we stood up
Mr Buma also described the anthem, Het Wilhelmus, as “the oldest and most beautiful in the world”.
The latest set of polling predicts Wilders’s Dutch Freedom Party (PVV) is currently polling second, behind the incumbent liberal VVD prime minister Mark Rutte but ahead of conservative candidate Buma.
Based on polling figures released by Peil yesterday, Wilders looks set to clinch 23 seats – making his party the second largest behind the VVD’s 25 seats.
Geert Wilders is predicted to finish second in the upcoming election
Buma’s conservative CDA party is languishing on just 21 seats, according to recent polling.
Despite the predicted narrow defeat, it marks a significant shift towards the right – the VVD won 41 seats to the PVV’s 15 in the last election in 2012.
Wilders’s party is unlikely to form a government even if it performs well in elections as other political parties have refused to form a coalition with him – despite stealing a number of his policies.
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Anne Mulder, from the country’s ruling party, defended prime minister Mark Rutte’s open letter targeted at immigrants.
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Rutte told migrants to “act normal or leave” in the controversial advert published in Dutch newspapers.
Mr Mulder said: “No, no, the big difference between us and Mr Wilders is that he is shouting.”
Dutch voters are set to go to the polls on March 15.
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