Far-right Dutch politician proposes barring dual citizens from elections, politics

Far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders submitted a motion that would ban dual citizens from voting and political activity, BBC Turkish reported on Saturday.

Wilders, the leader of the Party for Freedom (PVV), said the aim of the new law was to dismiss the Denk Party, supported by Turkish and Moroccan voters, out of federal and local parliaments.

“Denk”, a party the Observer said was most cleverly named, meaning “think” in Dutch and “equality” in Turkish was founded by two ethnically Turkish parliamentarians.

The party, which is said to be affiliated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, won three seats in the Dutch parliament in 2017, amid tensions between two countries that escalated after the Netherlands refused to allow Turkish foreign minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu’s plane to land in the country.

Wilders said that those parliamentarians were elected as they were Dutch citizens, while, in reality, they had been working for the interests of Turkey.

“It would be incredible if we can keep Denk out of the parliament, local parliaments and municipal assemblies, Wilders said.

Tunahan Kuzu, the leader of Denk, said that the PVV had been becoming a party that sought to restrict freedoms. “When they failed to silence us in the parliament, they are trying to do it by changing laws,” he said.

The Netherlands’ Green leader, Jesse Klaver, called Wilders’ proposal absurd and said that it would deepen polarisation. “There are more things that unite us  other than those that are divisive, we should discuss them instead,” he said.

Lodewijk Asscher, the leader of the Labour Party, also reacted to the proposal on Twitter. “Excluding groups based on their origins is not only a threat to their freedom, but to all of us,” he said.

Though Wilders is hopeful that his proposal will be adopted, the fact that it requires a change in the Dutch constitution, which necessitates a widespread support, makes it highly unlikely, BBC Turkish said.