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Geert Wilders of the Party for Freedom (PVV) in the Senate (Tweede Kamer), after the indictment of the criminal case against him, at the Binnenhof in The Hague, The Netherlands, 17 November 2016.
Photograph: EPA/BART MAAT

Dutch right-wing firebrand Geert Wilders said Sunday that he would support a ban on Islam in the Netherlands.

"Islamic ideology is probably more dangerous than National Socialism," he said in a television interview, referring to the German Nazi regime.

In his first major TV interview in the run-up to elections on 15 March, Wilders advocated a ban on the Koran, which he compared to Adolf Hitler's book "Mein Kampf," and the shutting down of mosques.

Wilders' Freedom Party (PVV) is hoping to become the biggest party in the elections, with a possible 20 per cent of the vote, and between 27 and 31 seats, according to polls.

The current largest party, the conservative liberal VVD, is expected to be the PVV's closest rival with an estimated 22 to 26 seats.

The PVV also wants the Netherlands to leave the European Union and to reimpose border controls.

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