Geert Wilders says he is close to forming a right-wing government in the Netherlands – POLITICO

Although Wilders has moderated some of his extreme language and agreed in March not to pursue the role of prime minister, a coalition led by the PVV, which includes Rutte’s center-right People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy, the centrist New Social Contract and the populist farmers’ party, Protest Party BoerBurgerBeweging would still mean a major change for the Netherlands.

Wilders has been consistently excluded from government over the past decade by outgoing center-right Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Following Rutte’s announcement last year that he was withdrawing from Dutch politics, Wilders capitalized on anti-immigration sentiment – attributing a housing shortage to the influx of asylum seekers – to secure election victory.

Although the details of the coalition agreement have not yet been announced, it is widely expected that the new government will introduce stricter asylum and migration policies.

Negotiators are expected to continue finalizing the agreement on Wednesday and allow all factions to provide feedback before the midnight deadline for the talks.

Wilders is expected to announce his preferred prime minister candidate on Wednesday, who could come from one of the parties in the planned coalition.