Petition Update

“DEAFENING SILENCE”

Dmitry Savelau
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Feb 23, 2012 — The Economist: For a long while members of the Dutch political establishment have tolerated Mr Wilders’s wayward populism, wanting to show that they are listening to voters who feel like they are on the losing side of the globalisation debate, or that they have been left to their own devices in neglected immigrant neighbourhoods.

But there is a thin line between the desire to demonstrate openness to all voices and the tacit endorsement of unabashed hate-mongering and discrimination. No matter Mr Rutte's personal feelings about the website, if he fails to speak out the broader European public will make up its mind on which side he stands.