Dutch Politician Geert Wilders Tells Turkey To Stay Away From The EU

Geert Wilders

Right wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders  leader of the Party for Freedom, the most popular party in Netherlands at the moment, has called on Turkey to stay away from the European Union.

In a video, subtitled in Turkish, Wilders addresses the Turkish people and says that Erdogan’s Turkey has raised the flag of Islam and is in essence an Islamic State.

Europe doesn’t want more Islam, but less. Islam’s values do not coincide with European values of democracy, freedom and human rights, says the popular far right Dutch politician. “Turkey stay away from us, you’re not welcome here.”

The Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte swiftly condemned the video.


Russia Insider reports:

Wilders, who is fiercely anti-Islam, has surged in public opinion polls with his call for the closing of national borders in the face of a migrant crisis that has seen hundreds of thousands of people, mostly Muslims, fleeing to Europe this year to escape conflicts and poverty in the Middle East and beyond.

Turkey promised at an EU summit in Brussels last Sunday to help stem the flow of migrants in return for cash, an easing of visa restrictions for Turks visiting Europe and renewed talks on admitting Turkey as a member of the bloc.

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In his English-language video posted online on Friday with Turkish subtitles, however, Wilders told Turks in typically blunt fashion: “Your government is fooling you into believing that one day you will become a member of the European Union. Well, forget it.”

“You are no Europeans and you will never be. An Islamic state like Turkey does not belong to Europe,” he said. “We do not want more but less Islam. So Turkey, stay away from us. You are not welcome here.”

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte swiftly condemned the video.

“We have freedom of speech, but this sort of remark, in which a whole country and a whole population is deeply insulted, is totally unacceptable and contributes absolutely nothing to resolving the problem,” Rutte told a news conference.

Recent opinion polls indicate Wilders would win the most seats in the Dutch parliament if there were an election today. His Party for Freedom would gain more seats than the two ruling coalition government parties combined, the polls show.

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