- Category: News
- Created on Friday, 11 November 2011 09:01
- Written by Amsterdam Herald
Party leader Geert Wilders told De Telegraaf he wanted to assess the long-term economic consequences for the Netherlands of leaving the euro.
If the research supports the move, Wilders says he will call for a referendum on membership of the single currency.
“The cabinet is scaring us into thinking that the lights will go out if we walk out on the euro,” he told the newspaper. “Of course it will cost money, but I want to know if we won’t benefit in the long run from returning to the guilder.”
With Greece battling to stay in the eurozone, the idea of one of Europe’s wealthier countries ditching the currency has previously been unthinkable, and there is likely to be little appetite for the measure among the governing parties.
The cabinet is currently drawing up a second round of austerity measures as the economy continues to stall, which are due to be presented at the start of next year.
The PVV has been vociferous in its opposition to the Greek bailouts and if Wilders campaigns for a return to the guilder it is likely to put further strain on its relationship with the minority Christian Democrat (CDA)- Liberal (PVV) coalition, which it has agreed to prop up.
Wilders denied he was stirring up tension. “This research is not designed to bring down the cabinet,” he said. “It has nothing to do with whatever budget cuts are forthcoming.”