- Category: News
- Created on Thursday, 16 February 2012 17:01
- Written by Amsterdam Herald
The site, which encourages people to post complaints about the behaviour of Eastern European migrants, has sparked a furious response across Europe and been condemned by 10 ambassadors.
So far the Dutch coalition government, which is dependent on the support of the PVV and its leader Geert Wilders, has rejected calls to distance itself from the PVV’s initiative.
The European People’s Party has challenged Rutte to explain his government’s stance when the European Parliament debates the issue on March 13.
Joseph Daul, chairman of the EPP, said the website went against European values, adding it was “reckless to encourage hatred and discrimination”.
The EPP group includes representatives of the Dutch Christian Democrats (CDA), who are partners with Rutte’s Liberals (VVD) in the centre-right minority coalition.
European justice commissioner Vivane Reding has condemned the site, meldpuntmiddenenoosteuropeanen.nl, as an “open call to intolerance”, while VVD elder statesman Frans Weisglas denounced it as “pure discrimination”.
The PVV says the site has been a success, with 30,000 visitors in its first week. However, it is unclear how many of the complaints are genuine, as some protesters have vowed to jam the site with bogus messages.
Dutch businesses in Poland say the scheme has hurt trade, with some Poles boycotting their goods in retaliation.