On Monday, Dutch news outlet the Volkskrant reported that Dutch politician Geert Wilders was named the 2013 politician of the year. The Dutch news program, 'EenVandaag', asked its viewers to vote for who they believed was the Netherlands best politician. There were approximately 35,000 viewers who cast a ballot, Wilders received 16% of those votes.
Viewers who voted for Wilders claim that they are proud of him for taking a stand against the current Dutch cabinet, led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte. "[He's] the only politician who stands up for his country and its citizens, he constantly voices whats wrong with our society and is unfortunately consistently proven right," wrote a voter to 'EenVandaag'. In November, Wilders welcomed French National Front (FN) leader Marine Le Pen, to the Netherlands. The meeting was arranged so that the two leaders could form a alliance for next years European elections.
Wilders is the party leader for the controversial right-wing party the PVV, Party for Freedom. Some of the parties platforms include: Recording the ethnicity of all Dutch citizens, forbidding Islamic and Kosher slaughter, extradition of criminals to their country of origin, constitutional protection of the Judeo-Christian and humanistic culture, binding assimilation contracts for immigrants, taxation of Islamic headscarves and the banning of the Qur'an.
Last Friday, Wilders was interviewed by the BBC and made it clear that his party wants to bring down the European Union. He also claims that Islam is an 'inferior culture' and said that future Eastern European migrants should stay in their own country. The PVV also has a party platform that demands the abolishment of the Euro and the return of the Dutch Guilder. Wilders believes that if the Netherlands leaves the European Union, the entire system that has been build up under the E.U. will collapse.