Party for Freedom

Published 13th August, 2012

The Party for Freedom was established in 2006 by Geert Wilders. Wilders had been a member of the House of Representatives for the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) from 1998 to 2004 until he left the party over differences relating to the accession of Turkey to the European Union. He stood as an independent in the parliament until setting up the party in 2006. The party describes itself as right wing to far right and it believes in Euroscepticism, Right wing populism, Conservative Liberalism and Anti-Islam.

In the 2006 general election the party won nine of the 150 seats in the House of Representatives. That increased to 24 seats in 2010 and left the PVV as power brokers in the formation of a new coalition. Eventually the VVD and Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) formed a coalition with the PVV as junior partners.

In 2012 the coalition broke down when the PVV refused to support budget cuts in connection with the Eurozone crisis.

Geert Wilders established the International Freedom Alliance in 2010 which is an anti-Islam organisation. It is not known if there are any other political parties affiliated to this organisation other than the Party for Freedom. The party has four of the 26 seats in the European Parliament but is not affiliated to any parliamentary group.

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