Old VVD Facebook posts upsets Spain
Thursday 26 July 2012
A month-old Facebook post on the VVD’s election campaign page has led to protests in Spain after it was picked up by the Brussels’ correspondent of El Mundo, the NRC reports.
The posting, published two days before the European football championship final at the end of June, features Spanish footballer Xavi and Italian player Andrea Pirlo with the slogan ‘they can have the cup but not our credit-worthiness.
The accompanying text reads: ‘Italy or Spain will be European football champions. Now they have to become champions at making cuts because if it is up to us they will not be allowed to profit from our thriftiness without getting their own affairs in order. Like if you agree!’
A VVD spokesman dismissed the hundreds of angry Spanish reactions, saying the post is tongue in cheek and fits in with the way of communicating via Facebook. But he declined to comment when asked if it is appropriate language for a prime minister, the NRC said.
The eurozone crisis is a central theme in the election campaign, ahead of the September 12 vote.
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