Van Baalen, a member of the dutch parliament for the VVD, and head of the list for the European parliamentary elections for this party, criticized Turkey for opposing Anders Fogh Rasmussen as new secretary general of NATO.
The VVD is losing ground in the polls to Geert Wilders and Hans van Baalen apparently wants to use this issue to get some "positive attention" in the run up to the European elections.
The fact that Anders Fogh Rasmussen is now becoming a symbol of anti-muslim sentiment in Europe does not bode well for his candidacy. The longer this controversy continues the more we will see people like Hans van Baalen come out of the woodwork. I am affraid even Anders Fogh Rasmussen himself would prefer these people to stay silent.
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