>> He's been labeled the Dutch Trump, compared to France's Marine Le Pen, and viewed as Holland's answer to Brexiteer-in-chief Nigel Farage. Geert Wilders is poised for victory at the Dutch elections in March and could be Europe's first far-right leader. But who is the man known from his platinum blond quiff and radicalized rhetoric?
Reuters correspondent Thomas Escritt in Amsterdam says Wilders has a very different background to other headline hitting politicians.>> Geert Wilders comes from the mainstream of Dutch politics and that makes him very different from, say Nigel Farage, or Marine Le Pen, or even Donald Trump. His sharp, uncompromising rhetoric on immigration sits ill with his background, which is actually striking the cosmopolitan.
His family has its origins, or part of his family, in Indonesia, his wife is Hungarian, and in the years before his confinement was a genuinely passionate traveler.>> He wants to quit the EU, halt Muslim immigration, close mosques, ban the Quran, and he's on Taliban and Al Qaeda hit lists.
Because of his views Wilders and his wife have been under protective custody for 13 years, living in a safe house with 24 hour police guard.>> He has been radicalized by his long years of confinement. He sees the threats he has received from some radical Islamist organizations as an existential threat not just to him, but more broadly to Dutch society, and that has made him very uncompromising in his attitudes.
>> Even Wilders's Party for Freedom sits in a secured corridor isolated from other parties. Standing at 17% in the polls, they are the closest ever to being in government, but the Dutch electoral system is stacked against him. To enter government he must form a coalition, something other parties have so far outright rejected.