Wilders sounds off on social media, ahead of new coalition talks

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Dutch election winner Geert Wilders has again posted controversial comments on social media, raising further questions about his pledge to compromise on his far right policies and to be “the prime minister of every Dutch person”.

In a social media post on Thursday, Wilders responded to a post by X founder Elon Musk by saying the biggest problem facing humanity “is a collapse of our own culture and Western values due to open borders, mass immigration, an uncontrollable amount of non-western asylum seekers and last but not least too many weak politicians advocating cultural relativism”.

Musk had said that the population collapse is the biggest problem currently facing humankind.

While Musk said he agreed with Wilders, he also pointed out that countries with  very few immigrants, like Korea and Japan, are experiencing population collapse. “If the birth rate stays as low as it is, the Dutch nation will die out by its own hand,” Musk said.

Wilders’ PVV party emerged as the biggest after the November general election with some 25% of the vote and he is involved in talks with three other right wing parties on forming the next government.

Both VVD leader Dilan Yesilgöz and Pieter Omtzigt of the NSC have stated they have fundamental objections to forming a new cabinet with the far right PVV, but talks are due to resume next week.

The rhetoric about immigration is not Wilders’ only far-right commentary on social media since the election.

Last month Wilders circulated a fake video on social media purporting to show a young man urinating on packed pork in a supermarket with the comment “ten more seats” – suggesting the act would deliver the PVV a further 10 MPs.

“And Wilders is going to run our country?” commented investigative Robert van der Noordaa. And D66 MP Fonda Sahla said: “Happily spreading fake videos and then pinning them on your X feed. Is this worthy of a prime minister?”

The PVV leader also caused raised eyebrows a week after the election when he paid a lightning visit to the protest at the seaside resort of Kijkduin, where up to 120 asylum seekers were being housed in a hotel.

Wilders, who did not go into the information evening organised by The Hague city council because of “security concerns”, told reporters outside he was there to “give a boost” to the protestors.

He said he often attended similar gatherings in towns and villages that are being “flooded” by asylum seekers who live in “rooms with big televisions, swimming pools, free food and drink and heating, which many Dutch people don’t have.” 

He also repeated his wish for a “total stop” on refugees coming to the Netherlands.

Caroline van der Plas from BBB, the fourth party in talks to form a PVV-led cabinet, told reporters at the time “personally, I would not have done it. I would say, let us focus on the formation process.” 

Every Dutch person

Wilders said in a full page interview in the Wall Street Journal in December he would be the prime minister of “every Dutch person, whatever their background, religion or sex”. 

He went on to partly attribute his party’s strong performance to the political aftermath of the October 7 attacks by Hamas. He also said 95% of the asylum seekers coming to the Netherlands are not refugees but economic migrants.

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