“What we have to do to protect our borders is not make agreements with people like Mr. Erdogan,” he added, referring to the European Union’s migrant deal with Turkey.
The Dutch prime minister, in turn, mocked Wilders’ election pledges to ban the Koran, asking if he planned to set up a national “Koran police” to go door to door confiscating Islam’s holy book.
Preventing two Turkish cabinet ministers from speaking publicly in Rotterdam was not enough, according to Wilders, who said Rutte should “at least throw the Turkish ambassador and his staff out of the country.”
“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.”
Wilders’ pledge to ban the Koran also prompted a storm of protest from Rutte.
“I still haven’t heard how you are going to achieve the Koran police,” he said.
“There will not be a Koran police; I’ve explained that a hundred times,” Wilders replied.
“Oh, so it is a fake promise,” Rutte shot back.
“If anything, there will be a Liberals police, if you go on like this,” Wilders answered sarcastically.