Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Romania proposes boycott of Dutch vegetables

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian President Traian Basescu has called for a boycott of Dutch vegetables because of Netherlands' decision to block his nation's entry into Europe's border-free area.

"I think it's good not to buy Dutch vegetables," Basescu said on TV Sunday while shopping at a supermarket, adding that he prefers Spanish or Turkish produce.

His government has not taken steps to implement such a boycott, but in September Romanian authorities seized truckloads of tulips and bulbs from the Netherlands after the Dutch government said it would veto Romania's entry to the Schengen open borders policy.

Last week, Basescu criticized the Netherlands for doing that, calling it an "abuse." The Netherlands has demanded that Romania first step up its fight against corruption.

Basescu also sneered at the Netherlands for its liberal drugs and prostitution policies.

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