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Reclusive icon of far right reaches out to Dutch voters ahead of March 15 elections

Geert Wilders, who is sometimes called the "Dutch Trump", has promised to demand a Nexit referendum

Published Tue, Feb 28, 2017 · 09:50 PM
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Spijkenisse, Netherlands

HE wants to end immigration from Muslim countries, tax headscarves and ban the Quran. He is partly of Indonesian heritage, and dyes his hair bright blond. He is omnipresent on social media but lives as a political phantom under police protection, rarely campaigning in person and reportedly sleeping in a different location every night.

Geert Wilders, far-right icon, is one of Europe's unusual politicians, not least because he comes from the Netherlands, one of Europe's most socially liberal countries, with a centuries- long tradition of promoting religious tolerance and welcoming immigrants.

How he fares in the March 15 elections could well signal how the far right and populist forces will do in pivotal ballots in France, Germany and possibly I…

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