Dutch PM dismisses Wilders’ suggestion
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende says proposing a union with Flanders is not on his list of agenda.13 May 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende has dismissed a suggestion by Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders that he approach his Belgian counterpart Yves Leterme with the idea of merging the Dutch-speaking regions of northern Belgium with The Netherlands.
In today's issue of De Telegraaf, the Prime Minister said he has plenty of contacts with Leterme, but they have nothing to do with a union between the two countries.
Balkenende said he would let the Flemish decide what they want to do with their own country.
According to the free newspaper Sp!ts, a poll conducted on a Belgian website shows that 52 percent of the Flemish oppose a union with the Netherlands while 43 percent find it a good idea.
[Radio Netherlands / Frank Scimone / Expatica]