Europe’s Next Far-Right Test
He’s the crest of a wave. Populist Geert Wilders’ far-right Freedom Party has a chance to win Wednesday’s Dutch elections. But campaigning isn’t easy with round-the-clock police surveillance instituted two years after fellow Dutch anti-Islam politician Pim Fortuyn was assassinated in 2002. Still, the Freedom Party’s polling even to secure the most parliamentary seats, and many see the potential win as a harbinger for populist upsets in this year’s French and German elections — even if other parties are united in refusing to join a Wilders-led governing coalition.