Troubles with Rule of Law in the Netherlands
If equality and non-discrimination are prerequisites for modern democracy and the rule of law, then the Netherlands seem to be losing it.
The "Complaints about East Europeans" website by Dutch anti-immigrant, ruling coalition partner Freedom Party (PVV) has been online for close to a week now, keenly defended by controversial Islam-bashing PVV leader Geert Wilders.
The irony that precisely the government which is blocking Bulgaria and Romania's Schengen accession on grounds of alleged problems with the rule of law should partake in a campaign of stereotyping and hate mongering.
The VVP website informs you that since the 2007 opening of the Dutch labor market for workers of 8 newcoming Central and East European EU member states, a number of hardships has befallen the Netherlands and its people.
"This massive work migration has led to many problems: crowding, pollution, flooding of the labor market, problems with integration and housing," the site informs you.
It then enquires: "Have you had trouble with people from Central and Eastern Europe? Or have you lost your job due to a Pole, Bulgarian, Romanian or another Central- or East-European? The Freedom Party would like to hear."
On top the website - clippings from tabloid Algemeen Dagblad and conservative Reformatorisch Dagblad boasting the worst type of journalistic setereotyping headlines, such as "East Europeans turn criminal. They remain jobless and go stealing", and "Criminal gangs from Eastern Europe sell stolen wares on the black market."
Respected center-right Dutch PM Mark Rutte, who has reatedly slammed Bulgaria and Romania for not keeping up to high European rule of law standards, has not managed to distance himself from his dubious coalition partner Wilders.
"We work well with the PVV, but not on European affairs," was all that Dutch PM Rutte could say regarding the matter.
One might ponder how it has come to pass that the Netherlands, for centuries a symbol of religious tolerance in Europe, is now consistently sending signals of hate and discrimination.
Until an answer has been found, some questions to ask would be: "Have you had trouble with the Dutch Freedom Party? Have you lost your job, felt discriminated or threatened due to its policies?"
Bulgarian AnonOps and Anonymous groups should be informed and recuested for action.
Dutch Racism Revolve is a very serious thing to be neglected by the EU.
It is not a journalism, it is not a politics it is just a racism in it core and source.
"Love Bulgaria" just 1%++
Unfortunately populism is on the rise just about everywhere. It's not an exclusive Dutch thing.
I'm not so worried about the Dutch economic future. It has a very open and flexible economy. But also in a rich prosperous nation like Holland there are huge difficulties with immigration and an unsustainable welfare system that is creaking in its foundation. People are seeing benefits, healthcare, education etc. being slashed left, right and centre and also billions of their tax euro's being poured into Greece. That's the breeding ground for the likes of Mr. Wilders. They don't think about people in Eastern Europe who never experienced those welfare systems and also have to get by.
But in linking Mr. Wilders to the Dutch government and not only that also the judicianal system the author is making 2 fatal errors.
1. Mr. Wilders and his pary are not part of the Dutch government. They support a minority coalition on certain subjects, like the abovementioned cuts - even if they sometimes fall out over those too - making the position of Dutch government a hard struggling act. They are walking on a tight rope. But there's no other way since otherwise the country is virtually ungovernable and they didn't want to end up like Belgium.So sometimes they rely on Mr. Wilders support in parliament, other times they rely on the opposition. And let me make it clear that virtually none of those parties supports Bulgaria's entry into Schengen.
2. By linking the government to the judicial system the author implies that the Dutch government could prosecute Mr. Wilders. That is in a country that takes it's judicial system serious unthinkable. There is a clear separation between state and the judicial system precisley because of this.
By mashing up those two half truths the author is doing exactly what Mr. Wilders is famous for. Scaremoangering.
I really thought the Dutch were above this cheap populist garbage as an educated and prosperous nation. Obviously not.
It's very regrettable for populist politicians to take the road of the lowest common denominator. Whether it's the Republicans in the US bashing Mexicans and other immigrants, the Spanish nationalists discriminating Moroccans and South Americans, the French mistreating Africans or the Dutch, British, Irish and Belgians demonizing the mythical "Polish Plumber" and Eastern Europeans as a whole. Even in mediocre forums such as this one we have trashy Brits like hercules and ankle bashing Bulgarians, Eastern Europeans and Jews left and right in every posting acting like they will teach us Eastern savages how to do things, or as ankle put it" "Bulgaria is a 4th world country with people with a lesser intelligence than primates."
Hopefully these "rich" nations in decline will realize that they are creating a negative future for themselves in this rapidly changing global economic and power structure where the former "savages" will be calling the shots.
First get your facts straight. Wilders and his PVV are not part of the Dutch government. That makes it a website of a politician and his party not the Dutch government. Therefore the government cannot do much about it. It's called freedom of opinion, whether you like that opinion or not.
What remains to be seen however iis whether this site is in breach of various laws or not. If it isn't Wilders and his party could and no doubt will be prosecuted. Becuase of the strict seperation between state and the judicianal system however the government cannot be involved.
Personally I wouldn't hold my breath of that happening though since they tried to do that last year and the case got nowhere. Mainly because Wilders is smart enough to make sure everybody knows what he's getting at without actually saying it. Making a legal case a bit thin because he needs to actually say it.
On a personal note as a Dutchman I'm absolutely ashamed of Wilders and his shanigans. Since he's fortunately sliiping in the polls he seeking a new scapegoat. So after the Muslims, Greeks it's now Eastern European migrants. One wonders what he'll think off next. Dutch farmers?