Thursday, July 28, 2011

Krijn Polder Wiping Tables in The Hague And Vaals

Today PETER CLUSKEY wrote in the Irish times:
"THE HEATED debate over immigration in the Netherlands took a new turn last night when the small town of Vaals in the southeast decided to refuse right of residence to EU nationals without a job or enough assets to support themselves."

Interesting quote in that article:

“We used to be a tolerant country, but not anymore,” says 37-year-old Krijn Polder, wiping down a restaurant table in Vaals town centre. “It makes me ashamed. But still, someone has to decide.”
I noticed that a Krijn Polder was wiping tables in The Hague just two weeks ago:

"We used to be a tolerant country. But not any more," said Krijn Polder, 23, wiping down tables at a canal-side café in The Hague. "
Krijn Polder has added 14 years to his age in two weeks, but his views haven't changed!
"Now, with Poland taking over the EU presidency on July 1, the proposals – currently being investigated by the Dutch parliament - have become politically highly controversial; Poles who are the overwhelming majority of the immigrants to the Netherlands from eastern Europe feel themselves to be the Dutch government's main target.

"We can't protect our community by creating more barriers inside the community," said the Polish prime minister, Donald Tusk, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg last week. "

The consensus in Dutch politics on how to deal with Geert Wilders still seems to be, as Maxime Verhagen said june 29:
'We have to make sure we do not dismiss these concerns as being offensive or unmentionable,' he will say. 'Such unease should also be the unease of a people's party like the CDA.'
Ross Douthat article "a right-wing monster" on how we should place Breivik in the current discussions on immigration in Europe in which he echo's this position:
"For decades, Europe’s governing classes insisted that only racists worried about immigration, only bigots doubted the success of multiculturalism and only fascists cared about national identity. Now that a true far-right radical has perpetrated a terrible atrocity, it will be easy to return to those comforting illusions."
The essential element that plays a central role in the debate is left out by Ross Douthat, the argument made by Donald Tusk in favor of free movement:

"undermining free movement is jeopardising the internal market, solidarity among Europeans and the very European project".

As Jason O'Mahony pointed out july 18th:

"It is that freedom that an EU passport gives, to travel, work and live across Europe, which Tusk knows to lie at the heart of the European project. It’s also the reason why the Polish leader has been very critical of other EU leaders who tip their hats towards the EU but then bad mouth it, or indeed sabotage it to appeal to an anxious home electorate eager for easy solutions and a villain to blame for their economic woes. "
Politicians should focus not on defining our European identity and it's supposed values as driver of the EU project, but on explaining the organic nature of the EU project and how it could be an answer to the aspirations of it's citizens.

1 comment:

magi said...

Great explanation, thanks for the posting!

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