Geert Wilders consistently refuses any talk or debate with his opponents outside the Dutch Parliament. This makes it impossible to have a two-sided and balanced public debate about his controversial remarks. Critical remarks to Wilders are being labelled by him as “demonisation”.
Wilders refuses debate
"The PVV leader categorically declines any invitation, we learned by talking to organisations and television programmes that are related to the islam or multicultural matters".
"I do that [declining the invitation], not because I don't want any dialogue, but because a debate is not possible. Then there is no use."
"There is no moderate mainstream of [islamic] speakers, imams and science people. Not in The Netherlands, not in Europe, not in the Middle-East. Even if a process of moderation will start happening, it will surely take another thousand years."
"I have phoned Geert Wilders three times and tried to get into contact with him. Every time I get a secretary on the phone telling me that Mr. Wilders is too busy. (..) Wilders and I know eachother, I just want to talk to him.''
"Geert Wilders wants to talk about, but not with Antillians. The controversial politician keeps the organisation MAAPP for Antillians in The Netherlands waiting for two months now for his reply to a request for a meeting."
"Wilders carefully avoids the possibility of any image that might show him being nice and kind to people who could be muslim."
"We first invited Mr. Wilders and later other PVV MPs, but nobody wanted to come."
"Do you agree that inside the walls of a Dutch university, which is supposed to be a safe haven for freedom of speech, no stigmatising and demonising meetings should be held?"