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Wilders is no rightist

Reader comment on item: Once considered anti-Islam, senior scholar says he's now in the middle

Submitted by Gerry Philip Mok (Netherlands), Aug 18, 2010 at 15:34

One gets used to see how Dutch politician Geert Wilders is portrayed in the media as an extreem rightist, but that doesn't make it true. His economic ideas are more leftist than rightist, leading Dutch Magazine Elsevier has concluded that his programs in this field are closest to that of the Socialist Party (not the Social Democrats, that's a different Party) in The Netherlands. One can agree or not with Wilders on Islam ( I happen to agree with most of his views) but even there his ideas are not 'extreem' at all, demonisation by and in the media notwithstanding.

Gerry Philip Mok, Foreign Affairs Journalist, Amsterdam


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