I do not understand why I have to defend myself. When one million people take to the streets in Turkey no-one says: These people are extremists who protest against the Islamization of Turkey. No-one would dream of saying a thing like that. But if the same thing happens here, in the heart of Europe, they say: These people are extremists. Can you explain this to me?
But you do know that Hugo Coveliers [Ulfkotte’s lawyer] is a little bit of a collaborator of the far-right [Vlaams Belang]…
Hugo Coveliers (in Dutch):
I find it totally inappropriate of you to say that not just I, but also the Vlaams Belang are far-right… It all depends where you position yourself in politics. If you, as most VRT journalists do, are a left-winger, then people who are centrists are to the right of you. But who belongs to the far-right here? Obviously the mayor of Brussels [Freddy Thielemans, a leading member of the Parti Socialiste (PS)], who acts in an authoritarian fashion. The PS, by the way, a party which has been convicted for corruption – many members of that party have been convicted for corruption, but that is never mentioned – that is the party that is now adopting an extreme authoritarian position. And don’t forget: Mussolini was a socialist!
Udo Ulfkotte (in German):
I have worked for the Frankfurter Allgemeine [Germany’s leading (conservative) newspaper] for 17 years, I am a writer and I am currently a professor in security management at a German university. This is exactly why I am so fascinated by the mayor banning this demonstration for security reasons. […] You want to know why I am here, in the offices of the Vlaams Belang? If someone in your family, your child for example, falls ill, you are not choosy when help is offered. In Belgium the only party which offered to help me was the Vlaams Belang. […] As a German I come from a family that made mistakes during the Second World War. I have learned that we should not make that mistake again. […] [Upon hearing that the case has to be brought before French-speaking judges] I seem to be in one of Kafka’s novels.