Via Monsters & Critics:
Berlin/Amsterdam – Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders said German Chancellor Angela Merkel had copied his politics to improve her popularity ratings, in a media interview released Sunday.
‘Merkel is scared,’ Wilders told Spiegel news magazine. ‘Because there are surveys which suggest that, if a charismatic personality arose in Germany the way I did in the Netherlands, they could count on 20 per cent of the vote.’
Wilders, who heads the far-right People’s Party for Freedom (PVV), said this development threatened Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and the opposition Social Democrats (SPD), who have traditionally shared the political mainstream.
‘This is why they are trying to copy us: Merkel declared that multicultural society has failed,’ Wilders said, reiterating part of a statement by the chancellor last month.