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PVV anti-Pole website is an 'open call to intolerance': Brussels

Friday 10 February 2012

A website set up by the anti-immigration PVV to report problems with central and eastern Europeans in the Netherlands is an ‘open call to intolerance’, Europe’s justice commissioner Viviane Reding said on Friday evening.

‘The PVV website completely goes against European principles,’ Reding is quoted as saying by the Volkskrant.

‘In Europe, we support freedom. We support an open continent where citizens can move, work and study where they will,’ Reding said. ‘We solve our problems by showing more solidarity, not by telling tales on fellow citizens.’

The website, launched on Wednesday, asks people to report complaints about central and eastern European immigrants in the Netherlands.


'Do you have problems with people from central and eastern Europe? Have you lost your job to a Pole, Bulgarian, Romanian or other eastern European? We want to know,' the website states.

‘Europe can get stuffed,’ Wilders said in a reaction to Reding's statement. ‘We’ve had more than 32,000 reports. The website is a hit.’

The commission had originally been due to respond on Monday.

Prime minister

Prime minister Mark Rutte has so far refused to comment on the website. Asked to react to the initiative during a Thursday evening debate on the European Union, Rutte said it is not up to him to comment on positions taken by individual political parties.

In addition, the prime minister said he does not feel it concerns him because the minority cabinet does not have an alliance with the PVV in terms of European affairs.

The PVV has an alliance with the minority government, which it supports on economic policy in return for tougher immigration rules.


Earlier on Thursday, employers' chief Bernard Wientjes urged the cabinet to distance itself from the initiative.

The website is 'a form of demonisation', Wientjes told a news conference. 'This contributes to a fear of foreigners, which is not what we should have in this open country,' Nos television quoted Wientjes as saying.

Should the prime minister take a stand on the PVV website? Take part in our poll.

Earlier stories
Prime minister refuses to condemn PVV website
Trouble with Limburgers of Belgians? Complaint websites spring up
Employers leader urges government to distance itself from PVV website
Romania wants action on PVV website
Problems with Poles? Report them to us, says new PVV website

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Readers' comments (20)

"Europe can get stuffed." Well that's very statesmanlike! Just what we've come to expect from this political hooligan!
As usual he's only interested in his own oppinion.
I'll bet he loves all this discussion, I imagine it makes him feel important.

By Donaugh | February 10, 2012 7:57 PM

The current government should fall. Full stop! Hold new elections. Please wait until the rest of the world see's how xenophoic and narrow minded "Henk and Ingrid" are in Holland, and then rebuild everything from scratch.

By Quest | February 10, 2012 9:30 PM

For example, I am a Pole, I lived 4 years in Holland, working and living honestly in this country. I never did nothing to anyone - even the slightest harm. Do not steal, I beat never, never cheated - I could easily do it all the time, because the Dutch are the most stupid people what to outta here met in my life, which shows that party. I feel the hurt, but it does not surprise me, just for that I went back to his country to study and I was not longer in the Netherlands

By czereza | February 11, 2012 12:08 AM

Nice job, Wilders. There are lots of smart East Europeans in the tech fields who prefer working for the like of Google and Facebook in the U.S. instead of contributing to the Dutch economy (me included). In 10 years there will be even a larger gap between Europe and North America/Asia. Let Wilders enjoy his xenophobic time and by the time he takes stock, NL will be largely in the red. I sincerely hope he will lose his popularity for the good of the Netherlans.

Met vriendelijke groet,
a stinky Eastern European, San Francisco, CA

By l00t | February 11, 2012 12:54 AM

What gives Viviane Reding and Brussels the right to comment on Dutch affairs? Sounds like EU nationalism to me.

We'll done Geert for standing up for freedom and democracy against these EU nationalists who aren't even voted in by the people

By Phil | February 11, 2012 3:55 AM

Wow, I'm not sure who's the more spineless - Wilders or Rutte. It's not his place to comment? C'mon....

By Stupid | February 11, 2012 10:06 AM

Here is how you can contact Viviane Reding, European Commission Vice-President in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship

or on Twitter @vivianeredingeu

By Quest | February 11, 2012 11:05 AM

Intollerance, racist, xenophobic.. Bla Bla Bla, it's all made up words the left use when they can't win arguements with facts and the facts are that immigrants do have higher crime rates, higher welfare dependency and undercut Dutch workers. To ignore this is stupidity, political correctness doesn't work anymore.

By phil | February 11, 2012 11:12 AM

I am in general not affraid of decent people's reaction to this. Where I work people either don't care at all or condemn this initiative. What I am affraid of is the reaction of people who won't work for the sallary offered, have sky-high requirements, choose social support money over earned, and still feel as if they were harmed by the immigrants.
Aside from that, EU is all about getting cheap work force from the poor European countries, and about expanding the market for your companies, so now it is too late to complain about getting what you asked for.

By kar | February 11, 2012 12:13 PM

What Wilders fails to mention how many of those 32.000 reactions are serious. I that many are filling it in for fun, or to ridicule it.

By Ismaïl din Wudjik | February 11, 2012 3:16 PM

How come now one hacked this horrible site until now!

By guesswho | February 11, 2012 5:41 PM

Our beloved Geert Wilders, self-made propagandist & 'gedoofd' leader, not only manipulates his ignorant followers like the 'Pied Piper', but demonstrates his complete lack of understanding in Dutch politics. He comes across as a 'spoiled hic Xenophobic redneck' born in the wrong time & place. This new site is a good example of a toddler that cannot get it's own way, so therefore in desperation chooses internet tactics, in the hope of keeping his ground.

He is an embarrassment to his country: abroad he is still active staining the Netherland's good reputation. His tactics to confront economical problems are purely tribal & add only confusion to simple minds, not solid solutions.

By The visitor | February 11, 2012 6:54 PM

Governments demand loyalty from their citizens but seem to not reciprocate .The duty of any government should be to their own citizen first but sadly they seem to favor their image on the world stage.

By bruce hughes | February 12, 2012 12:48 AM

‘Europe can get stuffed,’ Wilders said in a reaction to Reding's statement. ‘We’ve had more than 32,000 reports. The website is a hit.
What a twist!what are the contents of this 32k comments??I bet most of it contain complaints about this website,dutch, or good comment about eastern european..haha

By whatapity | February 12, 2012 12:59 AM

If he says there are 32.000 submission about us, and he suggests that all those are negatives, I demand to know the positive/negative ratio.

By Andi Stancu | February 12, 2012 8:37 AM

It is interesting that some want the PVV website censored or condemned by public officials. Uncomfortable as the PVV websites is, a society that allows even distasteful voices to speak is considered tolerant. A tolerant and moral society can display its disagreement and have the conviction that right will out over wrong. What are the Dutch afraid of?

By roland | February 12, 2012 6:22 PM

so now the Dutch PVV party is also being denounced publicly by the EC; calling the party's latest action an open call to intolerance! whats next Dutch folks? whats the next round of excuses and twisted reasoning for this clearly wrong behavior that much of your culture and your prime minister chooses to simply ignore?

By Bill | February 13, 2012 7:20 AM

"‘Europe can get stuffed,’ Wilders said in a reaction to Reding's statement. ‘We’ve had more than 32,000 reports. The website is a hit.’"

Great, I just wonder how many of those were actual complaints...

By Konio | February 13, 2012 9:12 AM

i wonder why i remember now the office of complaints against the Jews, set up by the Nazi party in Munich before the Nazis reach government.
May be because Nazism follows the same practices (updated with new technologies, of course)?
May be because the main enemy for Nazism has been always a cooperative and prosperous Europe?
May be because, as history shows, Nazism needs to stir up hatred as well as create conflicts and confrontations to grow?

By zenplus | February 16, 2012 8:57 PM

Well, wondering what would happen if 150.000 thousand Poles would leave tomorrow, stop paying taxes supporting all the unemployed "real-Dutch" who never worked a day in their live. Wondering why Wilders is not so brave when it comes to criticise Moroccan migrants? Is it because Poles are white and therefore it is not a "racism" to pick on them? Wilders is a shame for all the decent Dutch people and their beautiful country.

By Martin | February 16, 2012 9:37 PM

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