No distinction among Dutch
26 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – The response from Parliament has been divided to an appeal from Freedom Party PVV leader Geert Wilders to ban all sorts of government positions from being filled by dual nationals in order to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest.
26 March 2007
AMSTERDAM – The response from Parliament has been divided to an appeal from Freedom Party PVV leader Geert Wilders to ban all sorts of government positions from being filled by dual nationals in order to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest.
In an opinion piece in Trouw on Saturday Wilders argued for the extension of a ban on dual nationality proposed earlier by the PVV. He said it should not only apply for members of government and MPs, but for all elected officials, mayors, city aldermen, ambassadors, judges, public prosecutors, police officers and soldiers.
The Christian democrat CDA and the Liberal VVD support restrictions on dual nationality. "We should limit that as much as possible to avoid problems," says Mirjam Sterk (CDA). "But that should apply for everyone, without exceptions. Wilders should first introduce his proposal in Parliament, then we will look at it from our perspective."
The Labour party PvdA rejects the PVV proposal. Every Dutch national, whether he holds another nationality or not, has the same civic rights, says MP Jeroen Dijsselbloem.
"We are strict on the border, but once someone has fulfilled all the conditions, he is given all his rights. It is good for him to become a full-fledged citizen as soon as possible. We are not going to make a distinction between different kinds of Dutch people."
MP Jan de Wit of the Socialist Party SP also disagrees with the PVV. "As if someone with dual nationality is not able to perform a function well. As if loyalty to one's country of origin suddenly disappears upon giving up that nationality. We have to take a stand against this ridiculous idea from Wilders."
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news