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Former EU counter-terrorism coordinator slams his party's door

(BRUSSELS2) The alliance between the Christian Democrats of the CDA and the liberals of the VVD to form a minority coalition government, supported by the populist, anti-immigrant party of Wilders (PVV), is causing much unrest in the ranks of the highest dignitaries of the Dutch and European right.

Gijs de Vries, the former coordinator of the EU's anti-terrorist fight, announced his decision to leave his party, the VVD (liberals) to join D66, which can be seen as left-wing liberals. Without doing the same, CDA Frans Andriessen, former European Commissioner for Competition, publicly expressed his reluctance on the television program Nieuwsuur on Saturday, fearing that this agreement would alienate many voters from the party.

Abroad, German Defense Minister Karl Theodor Zu Guttenberg described Wilders on Sunday as “ charlatan “, calling for the” vigilance ". " These guys are all the same, whether it's Le Pen, Haider or Wilders ».

As for the President of the EPP, Wilfried Maertens, he has just published a press release which also sounds like a warning. " I deplore this political development – he writes – because it can threaten the understanding, cohesion and solidarity of our European societies. It is an obligation of the main political families in Europe to reflect on this sad reality and to fight it jointly. As in the past, the EPP will continue to refuse to work with far-right and far-left parties at the European Union level.”

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).