By Nicola Chadwick, for Radio Netherlands Worldwide:
Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party has rocketed into a position of real power in the Netherlands. Although it is not actually part of the minority government coalition, its support in parliament has been rewarded by many of its ideas being incorporated into government policies.
The party’s anti-establishment image and anti-Islam views have brought it huge popularity in a relatively short period of time.
However, now that the rebel with a cause is starting to be invited to meetings and debates by big business and mainstream political parties, there is a danger its controversial image may fade and so may its electoral support.