This happened at an official dinner Queen Beatrix III of the Netherlands hosted in his honor.Â And none of these palace EUnuchs hae the cojones to kick this A-sole where it hurts:
‘Cabinet taken hostage’
The “anti-Islam”Â Freedom Party (PVV) in the southern province of Limburg has slammed its own provincial representatives Antoine Janssen and Theo Krebber because they have agreed to attend a lunch with Turkish President Abdullah GÃ¼l, who is currently on a visit to the Netherlands.
Opportunist jumps ship: good riddance!
- Frans van Rhee resigned because he is ’embarrassed’ about Wilders,Â will retain his seatÂ as an independent.
The Turkish president was responding to a question on how the Dutch far-right Freedom Party’s anti-Islam policies would affect Turkish-Dutch ties during a joint press conference with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in The Hague on Wednesday.
GÃ¼l said “all kinds of opinions can exist in countries which believe in pluralism,” but warned against the use of extremist views in politics. “Some anti-Semitic and xenophobic ideas in Europe had results that could never have been imagined before World War II. So, if these ideas are misused for political purposes, they can be dangerous, they can spread quickly and cannot be brought under control,” GÃ¼l said. “We see such instances in countries where Islamophobia is seen. So, everyone has to be careful.”
GÃ¼l also voiced similar views on Tuesday at an official dinner Queen Beatrix III of the Netherlands hosted in his honor. Speaking at the dinner GÃ¼l said extremist views and thoughts should not be allowed to hurt “the special friendship” between Turkey and the Netherlands, adding that the two countries have expanded their joint efforts to improve relations further.
In a weekend tweet, Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders, known in the Netherlands and abroad for his extreme opinions on Islam and non-Western immigrants, accused GÃ¼l of bullying Christians, beating Kurds and being a friend of Palestinian militant group Hamas. The Netherlands is home to nearly 400,000 people of Turkish origin, many of whom are guest workers who have lived in the country for years and their children.
GÃ¼l said 400,000 Turks lived in the Netherlands and 300,000 of them were Dutch citizens, adding that Turkey was happy to see the efforts of the Turkish community in becoming an integral part of Dutch society. “There are five deputies of Turkish-descent in the Dutch parliament and Turks own 18,000 companies here, employing 50,000 people. This is a reflection of the overall Turkish community living in Europe. They are becoming an integral and an important part of their wider societies,” GÃ¼l said.
Speaking at the dinner GÃ¼l also expressed his pleasure to be in the Netherlands. GÃ¼l reminded Queen Beatrix of her first visit to Turkey, pointing out his pride at having the chance to be her escort to the province of Kayseri in his former post as a Turkey’s foreign minister.
In 2007 Queen Beatrix visited Turkey together with her son, Prince Willem Alexander, and her daughter-in-law, Princess Maxima, who was eight months pregnant with her third child at the time. The visit had symbolic importance since the queen rarely travels abroad.
GÃ¼l said that the seeds of friendship were sown between the Netherlands and the Ottoman Empire during the Dutch Golden Age of the early 17th century. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were initiated in 1612. Turkey’s president said that on March 12, 1612 the first Dutch ambassador, Cornelius Haga, paid an official visit to Istanbul and was received by Sultan Ahmet I. Two months later, the Ottoman sultan signed an agreement with the Netherlands providing the Dutch state a special right to free trade and entrance into the country. Commenting on the current state of Turkish-Dutch relations as well, GÃ¼l said that Turkey and the Netherlands were NATO allies and powerful economic partners based on their strong historical ties.
Figures released by the interior ministry show 5,420 illegal aliens were deported in the second half of 2011, a 10.7 percent drop compared to the same period in 2010, when 6,090 illegal aliens were made to leave the country.
Current affairs programme Nieuwsuur reports that the decrease is mainly due to delays caused by in-fighting and amateurism at the immigration ministry’s Laisser Passez department, which is responsible for coordinating and carrying out deportations. Nieuwsuur says its report is based on statements made by Laissez Passer staff in confidential documents.
In its efforts to deport illegal aliens, Laissez Passer is often frustrated by uncooperative embassies that sometimes even refuse to accept that the alien in question is actually a compatriot. However, staff say that ineffective working methods and a poisoned atmosphere are equally to blame.
Freedom Party MP Sietse Fritsma has announced he will ask Immigration Minister Gerd Leers for an explanation.