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Mr Wilders gives interview for Dutch Magazine (excerpt)

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Submitted by Charles (Netherlands), Feb 12, 2010 at 14:42

Interview with Mr. Wilders in Nieuwe Revu magazine.
Wednesday, february 10, 2010.

Q: Mr Wilders, Which party would you rule out after the coming elections?

A: "In principle, we do not rule anyone out. I have said I sometimes find Green-Left (Groen Links)

almost unthinkable, because they said that the Dutch culture does not exist! It is obvious that

after the elections we will mark the parties who did not exclude us beforehand: the VVD

(Liberals), the CDA (Christian Democrats) and Ms Verdonk (popular movement). The CU (Christian

Union) is undecided right now and from the SGP (Orthodox Protestants) I have not heard anything up

till now".

Q: You do not rule out D66 (Left Liberals) and it's party leader Alexander Pechtold, despite that

he has openly offended you by calling you an extreme right politician and a racist. It is still

fairly unlikely that you will form a coalition with him, is it not?

A: "You need not to be an Einstein or a political analyst with 20 years experience to calculate

the probability that D66 could join my PVV in a new cabinet. I consider this possibility very

remote if not negligible. But I'm not the type to exclude anybody beforehand".

Q: Would you like to become prime minister?

A:"If one becomes the largest party in this country, one receives the right to offer the candidate

for the post of prime minister. It is ofcourse possible in the Netherlands to be pushed aside as

other parties try to form a government without the largest party. To be perfectly clear on this: I

would be honoured to hold the position. But only because through it, I could make important

changes. Not because I so desperately want to sit in that seat. I do not."

Q: On June 1, 2008 you summarized in a speech in Denmark six demands: 1) a ban on immigration from

muslim countries, 2) voluntary repatriation to muslim countries, 3) an absolute stop of building

new mosques, 4) a ban on the Koran, 5) the closure of Islamic schools and 6) a introduction of a

nationwide regauging in the teachings on our Dutch history. Which of these can a new

Wilders-government guarantee?

A: "That depends on who will govern with us. We will have to make some compromises. We shall have

to make some concessions. I am not saying beforehand on what issues we will ofcourse."

Q: So you say, everything is negotiable?

A: "The endresult is decisive. Always. If nothing is negotiable, you might as well stay away from

the coalition negotiations. I think our voters like to see some changes in the Netherlands. They

understand that we will have to bend here and there, but I would not be worth the paper my name is

written on if government-only is a means to a goal."

Q: That's not such a strong stance. You've been very hard in recent years in presenting your views

and still you can not guarantee anything?

A: "If I don't take responsibility for my actions, I could say to voters right now: the PVV is

always going to stay safely in the opposition. Then we don't need to negotiate with anyone. But we

are not like the SP (far left Socialist Party), who are always screaming from the isles and

ultimately never want to join the government. If we get our way on important issues, we want to

govern allright. Indeed, we are even ready to support a minority government like they do in

Denmark. It is not about getting high and mighty in government circles. It does not interest me

one bit how many PVV secretaries we have. It has to serve a purpose. Always. Namely, to influence

a definite policy change. Thats what we are all about. But if we have to give in too much on our

core policies, we will say: no way! Then we will step down and join the oppositionranks again and

attack the new government even more feriously as before."

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