Labour leader says CDA ignores integration

The Christian Democrats are ignoring the debate on the integration of minorities into Dutch society and are ‘terrified of having to talk about religion and criticism of religion,’ says Labour leader Wouter Bos in an interview with the NRC.

Labour is due to debate its new integration strategy at its party congress this weekend.
Bos tells the paper that the debate over integration is much more visible in his party because it is a ‘reflection of society in general’. The other parties represent particular sections of society, Bos says. The Socialist Party, for example, is homogenous and white, he says.
CDA leaders dismissed Bos’s comments as ‘a bit weak’. Prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende pointed out that the CDA’s own think-tank had published a policy document on integration in December.

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