Wilders' tweet taunts Turkey

19th October 2010, Comments 0 comments


The Turkish government has summoned the Dutch chargé d'affaires in Ankara to clear up questions about the new Dutch coalition agreement. One of the issues discussed at the Turkish Foreign Ministry was the Dutch cabinet's plan to limit social security payments for Turks who return to their homeland. The Dutch ambassador is in the Netherlands at present.

A spokesman for the Dutch foreign ministry says the chargé d'affaires was summoned in reaction to a lawsuit concerning compulsory integration for two Turkish nationals resident in the Netherlands. A Dutch court ruled two months ago that Turkish people with residence permits are not obliged to take the civic integration exam. However, the Dutch state and local councils have appealed against the verdict.

Geert Wilders, whose Freedom Party is providing parliamentary support for the new coalition, is known for his highly critical attitude towards Turkey's desire to join the European Union. On Tuesday he twittered, "If the government of Islamic Turkey wants me to tell them why they must never become a member of the EU, I would be happy to come and explain."


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