Party for Freedom

The Party for Freedom (Dutch: Partij voor de Vrijheid, PVV) is a nationalist,[5] right-wing populist[5] political party in the Netherlands.

Party for Freedom
Partij voor de Vrijheid
LeaderGeert Wilders
Leader in the House of RepresentativesGeert Wilders
Leader in the SenateMarjolein Faber
Leader in the EPMarcel de Graaff
Founded22 February 2006; 15 years ago (2006-02-22)[1]
Split fromPeople's Party for Freedom and Democracy
HeadquartersBinnenhof, The Hague[2]
Membership (2021) 1 (Geert Wilders)[1][3][4]
Political positionRight-wing[13][14] to
European Parliament groupIdentity and Democracy
Colours  Blue   Grey
House of Representatives
17 / 150
5 / 75
Provincial councils
41 / 570
European Parliament
1 / 29
King's Commissioners
0 / 12

Founded in 2006 as the successor to Geert Wilders' one-man faction in the House of Representatives, it won nine seats in the 2006 general election making it the fifth-largest party in parliament. In the 2010 general election it won 24 seats, making it the third-largest party. At that time the PVV agreed to support the minority government led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte without having PVV ministers in the cabinet. However, the PVV withdrew its support in April 2012 due to differences over budget cuts at the Catshuis.[17] In the following 2012 Dutch general election it won 15 seats, having lost 9 seats in the elections, still being the third-largest party. Following the elections, the party returned to the opposition and in the 2017 election, the Party for Freedom won 20 seats, making it the second-largest party in Parliament. It came third in the 2014 European Parliament election, winning four out of 26 seats.[18][19]

The PVV calls for items like administrative detention and a strong assimilationist stance on the integration of immigrants into Dutch society, differing from the established centre-right parties in the Netherlands (like the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy, VVD). The PVV has also proposed banning the Quran and shutting down all mosques in the Netherlands.[20][21] In addition, the party is consistently Eurosceptic[22][23] and since early July 2012, according to the platform it presented prior to elections in September, it strongly advocates withdrawal from the European Union.[24]

Party for Freedom is an association with Geert Wilders as its sole member; thus the party is ineligible for Dutch government funding, and relies on donations.[25]