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Wilders calls EU commissioner a hippie and 'terrible person'

Friday 14 October 2011

Cecilia Malmström, the European commissioner in charge of home affairs, is a 'left-wing hippie' and 'should have been sacked', Geert Wilders, leader of the anti-Islam PVV party says in an interview with Friday's Parool.

In an interview marking the end of the government's first year in office, Wilders says the PVV will have a problem if the minority cabinet does not succeed in changing the commission's mind about EU immigration policy.

'Some left-wing hippie or other who calls herself a European Commissioner - Malmström - thinks differently [to the PVV],' Wilders is quoted as saying.


'I have not seen the plans. I only know that that half hippie should have been sacked, sooner rather than later. That is a really terrible person,' Wilders said.

'If that Annie doesn't do anything and there is no support, then we have a problem. I hope the cabinet manages to force through amendments where possible.'

Wilders wants the minority government to ensure a 50% reduction in non-western immigration in return for his support on the economy.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

How long do we have to put with this divisive, childish way of doing politics?

By Bella99 | 14 October 2011 6:39 PM

I prefere to have an afinity to hippies rather than neo-nazis

By andrea | 14 October 2011 6:45 PM

I would be very proud when Wilders would call me like that. The moment he would like me is the time to start worrying.

By pepe | 14 October 2011 7:31 PM

what does this wilder know about hippies....first thing is they stayed away from politics so the person he is describing could not be a "hippie"
its more like he is an idiot....

By allan lieberman | 14 October 2011 7:41 PM

I thought Wilders fashioned himself as a left-wing, socialist party - supporting the common man. Is he showing his rightful colours now - that he cares nothing for Henk-in-the-street?

He is a right wing extremist, otherwise know in the English language as a facist. At some point, the Nazi party also paraded as the 'National Socialists' too - I guess he had a good teacher.

When will that 15% of Dutch people remember the similarities?

By osita | 14 October 2011 8:50 PM

Wilders is starting to sound more and more like Eric Cartman.

By vah | 14 October 2011 9:01 PM

Someone should sack Wilders. In Malmström's case, luckily, only the European Parliament have the mandate to sack her, and I don't see them doing this any time soon.

Wilders should know that the commission cannot simply impose a dictate about a common immigration policy, their propositions first need to be passed through the (European) Parliament and the Council. If neither of these bodies agrees with Wilders, does he then have a problem with democracy itself?

By Mattias | 15 October 2011 9:08 AM

How can GW claim to be a democrat? & more to the point why should we believe him?
When the PVV is opened up to membership, allows those members to form pary policy, making it a democratic organisation, then I may consider GW a democrat.
But the only choice his supportes have right now whether or not they agree with him.
That's not democracy!

By Donaugh | 15 October 2011 10:14 AM

Wilders himself is not scary; he's just a self-interested fascist. What bothers me is the huge amount of support he still manages to hold among the Dutch voters, this is truly worrying.

By Bill | 15 October 2011 11:14 AM

@Mattias. Your comments about democracy in the EU are all very worthy and noble, however, democracy and the EU are total strangers. If the EU Parliament votes on a subject which disagrees with the EU commissioners, yet another faceless committee in gray suits will veto that legislation. For "Democracy" read "corrupt interest groups".

By Newspaniard | 15 October 2011 3:17 PM

About the commenters remarks :I don't agree with your attitude at all when it comes to Geert Wilders. I don't understand why you so easily forget the significance of his trial and how much it meant to all of us in the free world. If he hadn't been so brave and so willing to speak up against the oppression of free speech our standards of freedom would have been considerably lowered. There are many who felt like he did but were too afraid or intimidated to say anything. It takes someone like Wilders to stand up and fight for our rights. I don't understand why you complainers can't remember these things.

By Donna | 17 October 2011 2:19 AM

Wilders is an embarrassment to the Netherlands.

By Ana | 17 October 2011 6:43 AM

"I disagree with her. Therefore, she should be sacked."

Nooooo...doesn't sound fascist to me...not at all!!

By CW | 17 October 2011 8:35 AM

Funny it is that those complaining about Wilders´ way of expressing himself acts the same way.

By Vasco | 17 October 2011 9:39 AM

He is right. Cecilia is a dangerous person whom will oppose anything upon the people of Europe against their will. She is not democratic and the voters in Sweden do not support her, her party only has about 5% of the voters trust. The whole EU project is dangerous and a threat to democracy.

By Tommy | 17 October 2011 9:44 AM

Whatever you think about Wilders at least he has a democratic mandate - who voted for Malmström ..... nobody

By denhaag | 17 October 2011 10:09 AM

And whatever you think of Malmstrom, Wilders is still a dangerous person who is xenophobic.

By poeliewoepsie | 17 October 2011 2:39 PM

Donna: if you thinking calling an important Islamic religious prophet a pedophile on public TV is promoting freedom of speech then indeed you are thinking in a very different way than most others who place comments here. Does that signal anything to you, I mean inside your head? I am trying to figure out what makes you PVVer's tick, I cannot understand it. If anything you say or think made ANY sense to me at all, I would try and consider it. Sorry but I completely do not understand.

By Bill | 17 October 2011 2:52 PM

Donna, I can't see why you can't remember that free speech isn't just for those who agree with Wilders.

He's not fighting for my rights at all...He does not represent my views or concerns whatsoever.

By CW | 17 October 2011 3:05 PM

Why refer to the PVV as the "anti-islam" party. Other people call it the Freedom Party. In reality Wilders is not anti-Islam. He is just pro-Dutch people and pro-Dutch culture.

By abdul | 17 October 2011 3:38 PM

Why refer to the PVV as the "anti-islam" party. Other people call it the Freedom Party. In reality Wilders is not anti-Islam. He is just pro-Dutch people and pro-Dutch culture.

By abdul | 17 October 2011 3:56 PM

@ Allen - what a ridiculous thing to say - most hippies were VERY involved in politics. I know, I was there. Perhaps you should do some research. As usual, of course, this comment will not be published by the DN censors.

By WoodsUK | 17 October 2011 5:37 PM

Geert Wilders is an elected official.

I see the lefties are getting upset at him for expressing his views, and want him to be fired, but the Netherlands is still a democracy and you can't do that sort of thing.

You may regret it, but this isn't Soviet Russia.

By Hoover | 18 October 2011 11:01 AM

@Tommy, you are wrong, wrong, and wrong again! Malmström is not dangerous, she want to stop e.g. the spread of child porn and child abuse. What's wrong with that? She may also want to stop the growing of non democratic parties in Europe. We know from Germany's history what it may lead to if they come to power!
Malmström's party Folkpartiet (Peoples Party) is the "sister party" of the Dutch party that Wilders was a member of until 2006. Her party received more than 7 percent of the votes to the Swedish parlament, and more than 13 percent of the votes to the EU parlament.
But I agree with you, that the EU could be a lot better democratically

By Arnel | 18 October 2011 3:42 PM

@denhaag: I have voted for Malmström several times. A lot of people liked her very much as both MEP and the Swedish Minister of European Affairs.

@Tommy: her party had over 7% of the votes, which is quite a bit more than the 5% you claim (40% more if you like percents). Note also that the government that appoints the commissioner has close to 50% support, and the commissioner has the mandate of the EP which I assume you voted for.

By Mattias | 18 October 2011 4:22 PM

addul: I suspect this media source and most others around the world, including esteemed sources such as the NY Times and the Wall Street Journal, continue calling the PVV the anti-Islam party because most of the party's actions and efforts are AGAINST Islam, and this is the party's main focus. Kind of common sense sort of stuff for most people.

By Bill | 19 October 2011 12:06 PM

@Hoover, yet it is PVV who constantly is trying to shut people up. Whether it is the Quran, Muslims, Greenpeace, NRC (newspaper), etc. The freedom PVV stands for only applies to themselves. Whenever someone else says something they don't like they immediately cry for action.

By pepe | 20 October 2011 9:25 AM

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