Wilders' Slim Chances in Forming Government with Anti-Islamic Agenda: NSC Gives Up

Anti-Islam far-right politician Gert Wilders won the election in the Netherlands, but now he does not have enough support to form a government. He announced that he will expel migrants, ban migration and ban the Koran in the Netherlands

by Sededin Dedovic
Wilders' Slim Chances in Forming Government with Anti-Islamic Agenda: NSC Gives Up
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Far-right leader Geert Wilders' chances of forming a majority government in the Netherlands are dwindling after one of three potential partners unexpectedly pulled out of coalition talks, citing concerns about public finances.

The news has caused a wave of disappointment among Wilders' supporters, as the Dutch political scene faces an uncertain future after years of stability. Wilders, whose Freedom Party (PVV) shocked Europe after becoming the strongest political force in November's elections, expressed deep disappointment at the New Social Contract's (NSC) decision to end coalition talks.

This decision calls into question the possibility of Wilders to form a government in accordance with his political plans. It is difficult to implement, we can safely say impossible without the support of the NSC because it is required in 76 places according to Dutch laws.

The leader of the centrist party, Pieter Omcigt, did not rule out the possibility of parliamentary support for the minority government, but he seems to have ruled out any possibility of formally joining the right-wing coalition, as reported by the public broadcaster NOS.

Omcigt was shocked by confidential cabinet briefings on the state of public finances, which caused him to withdraw from the negotiations. Dutch media reported that Omcigt, a former Christian Democrat MP, was concerned about the lack of concrete plans to address the economic situation.

The NSC has made a statement that it will not make empty promises to the Dutch, which the next government cannot fulfill. Financial issues have become a key stumbling block in the negotiations, especially after economic experts warned that the new coalition will have to find 17 billion euros in structural spending cuts.

This made it even more difficult for Wilders to find stable partners to form a government. No matter which government is in place, they face difficult challenges. If Wilders wins, it will definitely mean the beginning of the era of right-wing regimes, populism and right-wing parties have gained a lot of popularity mainly because of controversial views on immigration.

In the last 10 years, the right has grown a lot in Europe, and even in Germany, right-wing parties are on the rise and hold public meetings with quite "inappropriate" speech for a country with many immigrants.

Leader of French National Rally party (RN) Marine Le Pen (C), leader of Czech Freedom and Direct Democracy party (SPD) Tomio Oka© Gabriel Kuchta / Getty Images

In the recently concluded Dutch elections, the PVV won 37 seats, but it is far from the required 76 seats for a majority.

His preferred coalition with the NSC, the BBB agrarian party and the center-right VVD party was not possible without the support of the NSC. Wilders has already announced the withdrawal of some controversial measures from his manifesto, such as banning mosques and the Koran, but some of his proposals have been rejected by potential partners.

The withdrawal of the NSC from the negotiations puts Wilders in a difficult political position, since without their involvement there is no chance of forming a majority government. This caused surprise among political circles, with hopes that alternative routes to government formation could be found.

In the event that the NSC does not change its decision again, then it could be possible to create a minority government, which has proven to be quite uncertain in the past. Most such governments would not last long, the initial cooperation led by ambition soon breaks when some important political issues come up on the agenda.

Caroline van der Plas of the populist BBB party called the NSC leader's withdrawal "confusing," while VVD leader Dylan Iesilgoz-Zegerius expressed surprise and hope that the parties could find a solution to the political stalemate.

Of course they are disappointed because they wanted to create a right-wing government with a large majority on the wings of Wilders' big changes and thus be able to rule the entire country sovereignly. In the event that no alternative is found for the formation of a coalition, new elections become an increasingly realistic option.

Polls show that support for the PVV has increased since November, which could affect the political dynamics in the country. Of course, polls should not be viewed officially because of various political influences on such surveys in order to change the general opinion of the people.

The Dutch political scene faces great challenges and an uncertain future. Considering the complexity of political negotiations and the different interests of the parties, the path to the formation of a stable government is becoming increasingly difficult.

It has not been long since the anti-Islamic right-wing populist Geert Wilders won a dramatic victory in the general elections in the Netherlands, and he has already lost the support of perhaps the most important party for the next NSC government.

"We have to find ways to live up to the hopes of our voters and put the Dutch first," Wilders said in his first speech. He added that "the Netherlands will be returned to the Dutch, and the tsunami of asylum and migration will be contained." At that time, he was visibly excited, so to speak, sure that he would be able to form a government.

Wilders was convicted of discriminating against Moroccans after he made a statement at a 2014 election rally asking the audience if they wanted more or fewer Moroccans. When the fans replied "less", he replied: "We will take care of it".

He called the prophet Muhammad a pedophile, Islam a "fascist ideology" and a "backward religion", and he wants to ban mosques and the Muslim holy book the Koran in the Netherlands. All this caused a big campaign against his formation of a majority government, which eventually caused the withdrawal of the NSC. An uncertain political period awaits the Netherlands.