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Friday 28 November  
Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders
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"Stop the European profiteers"

Published on : 6 August 2012 - 1:40pm | By Wim Jansen (Photo: ANP)
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Dutch Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders has gathered 75,000 electronic signatures against Europe in less than three days. On Friday, his right-wing populist party launched a website opposing the high salaries of top European Union officials.

Wilders said he set up the website, "Stop the European Profiteers", to launch a popular protest against the extremely high salaries of members of the European Parliament and the European Commission. The website's slogan is: "not a cent more from the Netherlands to Brussels as long as the perverse profiteering continues". On Monday morning, Geert tweeted that 75,000 people had signed his petition.

Brussels has reacted angrily. "Apparently, elections are about to be held in the Netherlands," said a spokesman for the European Commission. "Of course we pay high salaries. We're not baking hamburgers here," he added. In response, Wilders tweeted: "if they only baked hamburgers in Brussels, they would at least be doing something useful".

A European Commissioner earns 27,000 euros a month. The Freedom Party says the starting salary of a European civil servant should be 4600 euros a mnoth. The Commission spokesman added that it was difficult to recruit qualified Dutch civil servants. "Apparently," he said, "we don't pay enough".

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DJ (that's all i want to give) 1 February 2013 - 10:32pm / Ireland

This man is a breath of fresh air. I am sick of the EU, which has ruined my country (Ireland).

Aaron 9 August 2012 - 8:07pm / NZ

Another European demagogue fishing for votes. Hasn't Europe learnt anything from the 1930s and 40s.

Leonard Dirk van Heest 8 August 2012 - 5:10pm / USA

I wish we would have more brave men like Mr. Wilders in America - who points out the truth about politicians spending the people's money. The EU, like my representatives in Washington, forget whom they serve. As an example - only Washington DC is flourishing during our economic crisis.
Brussels must be the same. How much does the average Dutch person make a month?

SlipStream 10 August 2012 - 10:35pm / USA

Isn't Ron Paul the man you are asking after? ... what say you Sir?

Nick Broekstra 7 August 2012 - 11:00pm / United Kingdom

Well done Geert Wilders. It is high time the abuse of power and disgraceful behaviour and downright theft of public money by our so-called European leaders and politicians is stopped and been made accountable.

Joths 7 August 2012 - 12:29pm

EU = money pit

Hans van den Bos 7 August 2012 - 10:06am

What are 75.000 people, if you look at 17 million Dutch!

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