- Category: News
- Created on Thursday, 29 March 2012 16:04
- Written by Amsterdam Herald
During a debate in the Dutch lower house (Tweede Kamer), Rutte repeated his position that it was not the government’s role to condemn an initiative by a political party.
In spite of Rutte’s objection, MPs passed a motion censuring the Freedom Party (PVV) site after the junior party in the coalition, the Christian Democrats (CDA), voted with the opposition.
Opposition party D66 has now introduced a new motion demanding a debate with foreign minister Uri Rosenthal about the website.
“The majority of members of the House are not satisfied with the Prime Minister’s two-line response,” said D66 leader Alexander Pechtold.
As anticipated, the latest vote in Parliament had no effect on the stance of Rutte, who has resisted all calls to take a tougher line on the PVV’s scheme.
The site invites Dutch citizens to post complaints about immigrants from central and Eastern Europe who cause trouble in their neighbourhoods or take their jobs away.
It has been fiercely condemned by Eastern European ambassadors and by the European Parliament, which passed a motion this month describing it as malicious and discriminatory.
The website was one of the reasons cited by former PVV MP Hero Brinkman for his decision to quit the party last week, leaving the minority centre-right coalition on a knife-edge.
The leaders of the two governing parties, the Liberals (VVD) and Christian Democrats, as well as the Freedom Party, are now locked in talks behind closed doors to draw up a fresh coalition deal.
If the talks fail, Rutte will have to ask Queen Beatrix to call fresh elections, but most commentators believe a revised coalition accord remains the most likely outcome.