D66 leader Alexander Pechtold certainly seems to have aroused a cross-section of parliamentary hackles for daring to ask if Geert Wilder’s wife still has Hungarian nationality. Wilders and his anti-immigration cohorts in the PVV want to bring an end to dual nationality because, they say, it gives you divided loyalties.

So, one would think the situation chez Wilders was just a teeny bit relevant. But not so.
The critique is two-fold. Firstly, Pechtold is using tactics that he himself has condemned. And secondly, he was wrong to bring Wilders’ wife into the debate.
‘This is not sensible,’ GroenLinks told the Volkskrant. ‘You cannot fight evil with evil,’ said the fundamentalist Christian SGP.
Wilders has also refused to answer the question, saying Pechtold’s demand was irrelevant. So what about the family of the ministers he wants thrown out of parliament for having two passports? Are they irrelevant too?
The sister of integration minister Nebahat Albayrak works for the immigration service IND, Wilders told the paper. ‘It’s different if there is a functional relationship,’ he said.
Doubtless, Wilders will be closely following the way MP Jules Kortenhorst – who earns €60,000 a year from a UK cosmetics company – behaves if parliament ever debates a subject where his loyalty could be called into question.

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