The war of words between Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and far-right populist Geert Wilders exploded in a face to face debate on Monday as Wilders called on Rutte to close the Netherlands’ borders.
“You are being taken hostage by [Turkish President] Erdogan. Close the Dutch borders,” Wilders told his top rival, Rutte, during the 30-minute televised debate.
“That’s a totally fake solution,” Rutte retorted, hitting back at Wilders’ suggestion that the Dutch borders should be shut.
“You want Nexit, you want the Netherlands out of Europe. You know what it will cost… don’t do it,” he warned.
If the Netherlands were to leave the EU, it would be “the best thing that could happen to us,” Wilders argued.
Rutte responded that a “Nexit” would cost 1.5 million jobs and trigger “chaos.”
“What we have to do to protect our borders is not make agreements with people like Mr. Erdogan,” Wilders said, referring to the European Union’s migrant deal with Turkey.
Preventing two Turkish cabinet ministers from speaking publicly in Rotterdam was not enough, according to Wilders.
“We must directly expel the Turkish ambassador and the rest of his staff from the country, otherwise we accept that we are being insulted,” he said.
“That’s the difference between tweeting from your couch and governing the country,” Rutte replied, mocking Wilders’ penchant for prolifically writing on Twitter.
“If you govern the country, you have to take sensible decisions, and that isn’t sensible,” he noted.
The palpable anger from many Europeans on the effects of unchecked immigration, resulting in many cases, in physical assaults on Europe's women, coupled with a vast lessening of the quality of their lives, may well result in both Wilders' electoral triumph in Holland, Le Pen's electoral victory in France.
The existing governments of these countries have earned the change-up, by not thinking the ultimate effects of such immigration through, as has Germany.