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Liberals condemn Dutch PVV hotline against Eastern Europeans

February 16, 2012 3:38 PM

Guy Verhofstadt, President of the ALDE Group in the European Parliament, and the Leaders of the VVD and D66 delegations have tonight issued the following joint statement on the hotline launched last week by the PVV via a website where complaints about Central and Eastern Europeans can be posted.

"We strongly condemn the website launched by the Dutch PVV for complaints about Poland and other Eastern Europeans and ask for its immediate closure.

"The website, as stated by commissioner Reding, goes against all European values of dignity and liberty. Furthermore it risks destroying the very basis of the Union, which is non-discrimination and free movement ".

"Wilders' response with the comment that 'Europe can get stuffed' is astonishing considering that the Netherlands is an integral part of the EU and one of the founding member states".

Guy Verhofstadt, ALDE group leader
Sophie In't Veld (D66)
Hans van Baalen (VVD)