THE HAGUE, Netherlands – In a foretaste of his campaign for European parliamentary elections in May, Dutch populist politician Geert Wilders is making his case that the Netherlands would be better off leaving the European Union.
Wilders' views on Europe get little support in the Netherlands. However, personally he is riding high in opinion polls, with some showing him with more support than the two parties in the current centrist ruling coalition combined.
On Thursday he is presenting a study of the likely economic effects of an exit from the European Union on the Netherlands put together by British think-tank Capital Economics.
In November Wilders and French far-right leader Marine Le Pen announced an alliance for cooperation, intending to form a Euro-skeptic bloc in the European Parliament.