VVD leader under fire on passports

Former aid minister Agnes van Ardenne (CDA) has launched a strong attack on VVD leader Mark Rutte and former defence minister Henk Kamp for siding with the anti-immigration party PVV on dual nationality.

Van Ardenne told the Volkskrant that both Rutte and Kamp should be thrown out of parliament for questioning the loyalty of three Labour politicians with two passports. The two were ‘desecrating the democratic constitutional state’, Ardenne told the paper.
The VVD was in danger of becoming extremist and had jumped on PVV party leader Geert Wilder’s bandwagon, she said.
Support from the VVD has allowed Wilders to call for three emergency debates on the dual nationality issue since the new government was formed.
At the weekend, VVD stalwart Frits Bolkestein also said that Wilders had gone too far. Wilders left the VVD in 2004. His views have since become much more extreme, Bolkestein said.

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