The leader and founder of the Party for Freedom (PVV) said he considered his controversial plans as being legal and added that he could seek to change the country’s constitution if needed, so he could implement his plans.
Mr Wilders told AP: “A constitution is not something that is (set) in stone and can never be changed.
“It’s alive as a society is alive and we are now being threatened by mass immigration and Islamisization and what I see as the toxic combination of mass immigration from Islamic countries and
Geert Wilders, the founder of the Party for Freedom in the Netherlands
Changing the Dutch constitution is a convoluted process that involves — among other legislative steps — getting approval of a two-thirds majority in both houses of Parliament.
The PVV party is currently riding high in the polls less than a month before parliamentary elections set for March 15, but has slipped in recent weeks as the vote nears.
Just how successful Mr Wilders is will be closely watched by both other populist parties as well as the establishment as the “Patriotic Spring”, as Mr Wilders calls it, appears to be on the rise with Marine Le Pen looking to be successful in the French presidential elections.
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It’s alive [the constitution] as a society is alive and we are now being threatened by mass immigration and Islamisization and what I see as the toxic combination of mass immigration from Islamic countries and at the same time a total lack of demanding
Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch PVV
In September, Frauke Petry’s four-year-old Alternative for Germany party hopes to enter the German parliament in a national election, riding sentiment against German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s welcoming policy toward refugees.
Mr Wilders, who has often been described as the “Dutch Trump”, said he didn’t believe his popularity was suffering, as some observers have speculated, from the turmoil engulfing the Trump administration.
He said: “I don’t think that the problems of Mr Trump would make people not vote for me so much.”
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Rather, he believes that his political isolation in the Netherlands’ political landscape may be costing him support.
Mainstream parties, most recently and notably the party of prime minister Mark Rutte, have ruled out working with Wilders because of his anti-Islam stance.
Mr Rutte has often clashed with Mr Wilders, while at the same time moving to the right in an attempt to woo PVV voters.
Geert Wilders (L) with Marine Le Pen
Last week, he called Mr Wilders “totally tasteless” for tweeting a photo-shopped picture of an opposition lawmaker at a demonstration of Islamic radicals.
Mr Wilders said: “If there would be any effect which I’m going to fight in the next few weeks — it… would more be that for instance our prime minister is saying to the people, ‘if you vote on that party it’s a lost vote because they will never govern, we will never govern with them’.
“So people more or less might be afraid to vote for us because they know, ‘hey what will happen to my vote?'”
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Wilders has been close to power before. In Rutte’s first administration, the PVV wasn’t part of the ruling minority coalition, but propped it up on important votes. But Wilders effectively torpedoed that Cabinet by walking away from tough negotiations on an austerity package.
Since then, the PVV has been in opposition and currently has 12 lawmakers in the 150-seat lower house of parliament.
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