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PVV 'anti-Pole' website is damaging the economy: MEP

Tuesday 13 March 2012

The website set up by the PVV, where Dutch people can register their complaints about people from central and eastern Europe, is damaging the Dutch economy, Hans van Baalen, leader of the Dutch Liberals in the European parliament, says in Tuesday's Telegraaf.

'After the Fitna film, Geert Wilders is again playing with fire and threatening contracts for Dutch companies,' the paper quotes Van Baalen as saying.

The European parliament is due to debate the website later on Tuesday but prime minister Mark Rutte will not attend to explain his position. Rutte has consistently refused to condemn the website, saying it is a matter for the PVV alone. His minority government has a formal alliance with Geert Wilders' party.

Polish MEPs are so angry about the website they have called for a boycott of Dutch goods.

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Readers' comments (8)

Why would Rutte, the current elected Dutch Prime Minister, allow the Dutch economy to be damaged by Wilders at such a crucial time; during this very serious recession? He is allowing it by refusing to condemn it of course. These parties were voted into office and power by the Dutch voters themselves - but why? I cannot understand the logic in this.
And I thought Americans were stupid just a few years ago for voting Bush in twice. Silly me, this Dutch type of voting takes the cake. NL wins in the stupid voting contest - well done!

By Bill | March 13, 2012 9:16 AM

Wilders will be the downfall of the Nederland.

By jason buttle | March 13, 2012 9:16 AM

Eastern Europe is the biggest export market for the Netherlands, bigger than US, Brazil, China & India. About 30% of the domestic gross product comes from exports to Eastern Europe. So, please boycott, let's see how many jobs Dutch will loose then because of Eastern Europeans.

By expat | March 13, 2012 9:17 AM

As an individual of Polish origin, I am more than disturbed that the prime minister (or the Queen) does not step in and condemn the website. As far as I am concerned their silence is tacitly approving the PVV. Any political (or economical like a product boycott) decision taken by Poland or any other eastern European country is more than understandable

By Michael K | March 13, 2012 9:40 AM

Rutte will not do anything to rock the boat. He needed GW to make his dream come true & become prime minister. The only thing Rutte cares about is personal ambition.
He hasn't the balls to go against Wilders.
Don't forget that Wilders also wants to premier some day.

By Donaugh | March 13, 2012 9:43 AM

Go PVV go !!! my votes are for PVV in next elections if I can be a Dutch citizen until that time ;) Allah will give me the power I believe :)

By AfghanGuy | March 13, 2012 1:32 PM

Where is the proof that this website is hurting the economy? I would like to see solid numbers to prove it.

By Pam | March 13, 2012 2:30 PM

It is true that Wilders has got his own puppet-government. VVD and CDA won't be able to riazele any of their statements without his support, so actually Wilders is in the greatest position he could wish, but I don't think that that is good for the Dutch community.

By Ichigao | March 23, 2012 12:33 PM

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