Greece gives the Dutch an interesting lesson

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This is how it feels when you are not welcome for your passport

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The Dutch are now stopped at the Greek border because they have the wrong passport. The government of this sun-drenched nation has drawn up a list of reliable countries whose citizens are welcome, although they may be randomly picked out of the queue for a corona test by customs.

At the São Paulo airport, every arriving passenger had to press a button in 1994. Green meant walking through, red an extensive examination of your suitcases. This prevented passport controllers from being guided by their prejudices. Who knows, the Greek government may also place such equipment at the airports and the boat from Bari.

Cyprus has now followed the Greek example. Whether it all goes through is still the question, because protests have already taken place from Brussels. Members of the European Union must treat citizens of other Member States in the same way as they treat themselves, and this approach is clearly at odds with this. Greece should not refuse Dutch people at all. Therefore, all the cries of closing our borders to workers from Eastern Europe make no sense whatsoever.

The Netherlands also bans citizens with the wrong passport. In principle, we distrust people from poor countries unless they prove they have a lot of money. We suspect them of parasitism. According to many, they also infect the country with unwanted norms and values.

The Greek government – just as right as ours – is based on public health. She also fears that the Dutch will infect their country with the corona virus. What do The Hague and Athens have in common? They exclude citizens from a number of specific countries because they believe that they have a negative impact.

So you stay on the other side of the fence. Its a shame, but there is nothing to do about it. We cannot allow everyone to our beaches and islands. Figure it out. Fuck you. Go infect your own people on your own beaches.

Greece thus gives the Dutch an interesting lesson, especially to the advocates of closed borders. So it feels like this: being mistrusted and kept out of your passport.


Last publication by Han van der Horst

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