Via Monsters & Critics:
Berlin – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that she ‘regrets’ the formation of a Dutch right-wing government including Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam Party for Freedom (PVV).
Addressing German legislators, Merkel said there was no question however that her country would continue to cooperate with its neighbour.
‘We simply have to accept within Europe that sovereign countries’ government formation cannot completely terminate our cooperation in Europe,’ the chancellor said.
Merkel referred to the EU’s boycott of Austria in the year 2000, when Joerg Haider’s xenophobic Freedom Party entered government.
‘The way Austria was treated did not really serve the European idea,’ Merkel said.
Radio Netherlands Worldwide: Meet the new Dutch prime minister: Mark who?