Wilders wants Netherlands out of EU

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Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders thinks the Netherlands should leave the European Union. He has advocated leaving the eurozone before, which comes down to the same thing as countries that drop the euro cannot remain a member of the European Union.

Speaking in New York where he is promoting his book “Marked for Death”, he said: “We can become a member of the European Economic Area EEA like Norway or of the European Trade Association ETA like Switzerland so that keep the economic advantage. By no longer being a member of the EU and the eurozone, we determine our own rules, like who comes into the country, immigration and have our own currency.”

His words come as the Netherlands prepares for a parliamentary election on 12 September, after he withdrew his party's parliamentary support for the minority VVD-Christian Democrat government just over a week ago. This led to the fall of the Dutch government after seven weeks of negotiations in which the three parties failed to agree on new austerity measures.

National sovereignty is set to be the main theme of his campaign. “Without it we cannot defend our identity and fight against Islamisation,” he said.

In the Freedom Party’s last election manifesto in 2010, Mr Wilders did not call for the Netherlands to leave the EU, but he did want to get rid of the European Parliament. In spite of this the party fielded candidates in the European Parliament elections.

Earlier today, Mr Wilders dismissed rumours he is planning to leave the Netherlands to live in the United States.


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1 Comment To This Article

  • me posted:

    on 2nd May 2012, 10:46:56 - Reply

    Mr. W should leave the EU. He is a spineless, self promoting, narcissist. He is the champion of black and white thinking.