Many people would probably dismiss Dutch politician Geert Wilders as a right-wing extremist for his anti-Islam manifesto, in which he says Islam is retarded and vows to ban the Koran.
But his 'Freedom Party' has come from the fringe of politics to gain significant support in the Dutch Parliament, increasing its seats to 24, placing him in a position where he could now decide the future of Holland's government.
Like Australia, the Netherlands has a hung parliament. At first the parties said they wouldn't negotiate with Wilders, but after two months of failed talks, he may now have the deciding vote on who rules the country.
Video journalist Mark Davis tries to get inside the mind of this controversial politician as he works under 24 hour protection to spread his word in the Netherlands, and prepares to travel to the United States to pass on his anti-Islam message at the September 11th anniversary in New York.
Watch Mark's report from the Netherlands on Geert Wilders and the controversy surrounding him at the top of the page.
And in February 2013, Geert Wilders told SBS he was 'happy' to be in Australia for a speaking tour, despite getting a frosty reception from local politicians. Read more and watch an extended interview.
Geert Wilders was born in the Dutch town of Venlo in 1963, and brought up as a Catholic.
His career began in social and health insurance, but lead to politics and he became a councillor in Utrecht in 1997.
He was elected as an MP for the liberal VVD party in the Netherlands in 1998, but its support for Turkish entry into the European Union led him to strike out on his own in 2002.
In 2009, the British government tried to ban him from the UK, when he tried to visit to show his film, Fitna, linking the Koran to terrorism. The move was ultimately overruled by the courts.
By 2010, his party had gained even more support, gaining 24 seats in the Dutch parliament and becoming the country's third biggest party.
It means the self-titled 'freedom fighter' could hold the balance of power in Holland, after two months of failed talks by the other two parties to resolve the country's hung parliament.
He also plans to look for support outside the Netherlands by attending the September 11th anniversary in New York and by setting up a worldwide anti-Islam organisation with local chapters in all Western countries, including Australia.
Meanwhile, Wilders is still facing trial in the Netherlands for inciting hatred and the controversy surrounding him means he lives under 24 hour protection.
Executive Producer Peter Charley writes for the Dateline blog about the huge response to this story...
But nothing prepared us for the storm of comments that have flooded Dateline’s website since Mark’s video went to air on Sunday night.
Within just a few days, people had written more than 1,200 comments, either outraged that we’d broadcast Wilders’ anti-Moslem comments – or congratulating us for having the 'courage’ to air his contentious point of view.
Dateline’s website recorded 12,974 visitors on Monday alone, boosting to 50,357 the number of pages of content viewed in one day. Nearly half of those visitors were from the Netherlands.
Clearly, the Dutch politician has touched a nerve. As Mark Davis told George Negus in a studio chat after his story, Wilders’ will cause an almighty stir when he visits New York’s Ground Zero to support the anti-mosque rally there on September 11.
We’ll be keeping a close eye on how that goes.