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Wilders' party is 'new radical right'

Thursday 28 January 2010

Geert Wilders' political movement PVV is not an extreme right wing party but contains some radical right wing elements, according to a report into radicalisation in the Netherlands by Tilburg University research group IVA.

PVV statements on 'islamisation' and non-western immigrants appear to be discriminatory and the party organisation is authoritarian rather than democratic, the researchers say.

The researchers, who were looking into polarisation and radicalism across the Netherlands, describe the PVV as 'new radical right', a party with a national democratic ideology but without extreme right wing roots. In particular, the party's pro-Israel stance shows it is not neo Nazi, the report states.

Nevertheless, the PVV has a preference for 'the familiar' and turns against things which are 'foreign' and its political opponents, the report said. This, coupled with an authoritarian tendency show it leans towards a national democratic ideology. And on the internet, for example, the party is a magnet for extreme views, the researchers point out.


Wilders told news agency ANP the report is 'scandalous' - in particular the link between defending the national interest and the radical right. And he attacked the decision to publish it now, just as he is on trial for discrimination and inciting hatred.

An earlier version of the report, leaked to the Volkskrant in November, said Wilders' party is an extreme right wing grouping and a threat to social cohesion and democracy. The paper claimed at the time the researchers were under pressure to water down the conclusions because of their political sensitivity.

Home affairs minister Guus ter Horst, who commissioned the research, has denied exerting any influence on the report.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Yes, and Dutch News seem to be their propaganda wing. For a party with such a small and retarded fanbase, you don't half give them a lot of publicity.
I suppose that links to this site never permitting comments which question the 911 hoax.

By larrysilverstein | 28 January 2010 9:13 AM

"an authoritarian tendency show it leans towards a national democratic ideology" How do authoritarian tendencies lean towards democracy???
But then, "the researchers were under pressure to water down the conclusions".
I think we can agree on "Wilders' party is an extreme right wing grouping and a threat to social cohesion and democracy." And "PVV statements on 'islamisation' and non-western immigrants appear to be discriminatory and the party organisation is authoritarian rather than democratic, the researchers say." But why put pressure on the researchers to hide the truth? After all, it will not affect the sham trial where the prosecutor is looking for an acquittal.

By AC | 28 January 2010 9:57 AM

It seems to me that somebody is trying to influence the court decision before Wilders has even had a chance at a fair trial. The whole case stinks of political motivations and interferences from the opposition who brought this case up in the first place. To publicize this now, after Wilders is being charged with all these accusations is undemocratic in itself! This whole case should be thrown out immediately!

By Sandra | 28 January 2010 11:05 AM

if Wilders' political party is the "new radical right", what does it say of the mainstream political parties that are eager to jump on Wilders' bandwagon? I am referring to the bill about deporting foreigners who have committed (serious?) crimes twice in the NL.

By Q | 28 January 2010 12:04 PM

Free speech means free speech for all, including speech that Wilders won't agree with. He, and his supporters, can't cherry pick what is said if they want to defend that freedom.
Unfortunately, THAT is democracy...also putting up with speech that we don't agree with.

By CW | 28 January 2010 12:19 PM

When it rains it pours...

Wilders is getting just what he deserves. In the same way he attacked the radical muslims before their trial, even by publishing a film, now this is the time he gets attacked.

It is naive to wish the "whole case" thrown out. Wilders is charged with slandering a group and inciting hatred. The irony is that Wilders is getting what he fends for... hatred.

The research group at the Tilburg University brings nothing new by stablishing the PVV as authoritarian party. No so long ago, a similar authoritarian group, the Pim Fortuyn List (LPF) became quite popular in The Netherlands. My impression is that some part of the Dutch society is eagerly disposed to accept this authoritarian-leadership setup.

In Latinamerica, this political form, where a leader comes to power or government based on informal mechanisms or shallow presentation of the common problems of the group, is called 'caudillismo'. Francisco Franco was an European caudillo, similarly Oliveira Salazar in Portugal. In other European languages, there are equivalent terms such as Führer in German, which refers to Adolf Hitler, or Duce, in italiano, to Benito Mussolini. In these last two languages, there is a distinction though: Mio Duce, Mein Führer were used.

By Benito Camelas | 28 January 2010 1:33 PM

The research group at the Tilburg University is full of shit.
Pim Fortuyn nor Geert Wilders is extreme right.
They republican party in the VS is more right wing then any party in the Netherlands.
Geert is only insulting Islam which is very easy. Just tell the truth and let the some Muslims speak for them selves.
What did the Islam bring to the Netherlands: Nowadays it is dangerous to speak one's mind. You can not say you are a supporter of Wilders. You would endanger yourself.
Wilders is guarded day and night.
He has a special bunker in the government building.
When naming the problem and talking the truth is a crime he is guilty.
When bringing to words what many people are thinking makes you a populist he is guilty to.
The comparison from Benito between Wilders and fascists is ridiculous, resentful and can be referred to the realm of fantasy.
The more that it is islamo-fascism Wilders battles with.
Before making such remarks you should be very sure of yourself and do you homework properly which means you can not refer to red collored "journalism" of Volkskrant, Trouw, HP de tijd and some other left wing news papers with there suggestive and unfounded allegations at the address of Wilders.
Read the Koran and check http://www.geertwilders.nl and you will get first hand information.

By Gregor | 28 January 2010 6:21 PM

I do not understand how Gretta Duisenberg can get away with saying, " the Dutch Government is being run by zionist Jews" and not face similar charges as Geert Wilders. Doesn't that seem unfair?

By Peter | 29 January 2010 1:08 AM

Just as Gregor mentioned, Wilders is only insulting Islam. Wilders does not have any other political agenda a part from that. What does he think about premiums of healthcare insurance? Well, Muslims should pay more. What does he think about the kilometer tax? Muslims should pay twice. What does he thinks about global free markets? There are ok as long there are no Muslims. What does he want for his defence? He wants a Muslim "fanatic" to speak in my defence'. He does not want a reasonable open minded Muslim, because he himself is a fanatic.

Fanatic is similar to "radical", so it is not new if the group at Tiburg found Wilders to be a new radical. They are just saying that he is a fanatic.

It is even apparent that if one only insults then "it is dangerous to speak one's mind".

By doing homework, you can see that Karen Geurtsen infiltrated in PVV. She found out that it is an authoritarian entity.

Besides, it is not difficult to find people associating Wilders with McCarthyism, but instead of the anti-communism, he takes on the anti-muslims flag.

In the 50's many peoples' lives were ruined by McCarthy, let's hope 60 years later, it does not happen the same. Yes, McCarthy ruined his own life also by speak his's mind.

By Benito Camelas | 29 January 2010 1:36 PM

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