Mark Rutte and Geert Wilders (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Russavia) - Credit: Mark Rutte and Geert Wilders (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Russavia)
Friday, August 14, 2015 - 08:37
Wilders threatens "no confidence vote" vs. PM Rutte over Greece
PVV leader Geert Wilders is threatening to bring the whole Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, back from recess with a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Mark Rutte if the Prime Minister decides to send another 5 billion euros to Greece. The PVV leader announced this on Twitter on Thursday. "IF Rutte signs for yet another 5 billion euros of our money to the Greeks, then next week motion of no confidence PVV and the full Kamer back from recess!" Wilders writes. The Cabinet can only agree to the new aid package for Greece if the Prime Minister manages to get the majority of the Tweede Kamer behind it, according to the Telegraaf. The Tweede Kamer will debate the matter with Rutte and Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem next week. In principle, only the parliamentarians on the Finance and European committees will have to be at the debate, but if Wilders submits his motion of no confidence, the whole Tweede Kamer will have to attend. The Finance Ministers of the euro countries are meeting in Brussels on Friday to discuss the third bailout package for the Greeks. The package consists of about 85 billion euros from the European Stability Mechanism emergency fund. The Netherlands has paid 4.6 billion euros into that fund and guarantees 5.7 percent of the overall fund - an amount of 35 billion euros. This third bailout package for Greece is also causing some strife in Germany. A survey commissioned by the German business newspaper Handelsblatt shows that, while a third of the Germans think that Greece needs a new aid package, 57 percent are against offering further support and 84 percent believe that Athens will not implement the necessary reforms.