Van dermeersch, Dewinter and Jan Penris travelled to Greece last week, to see the refugee crisis with their own eyes. However, they combined this trip with a visit to Golden Dawn, a controversial party considered by many as neo-Nazi. The visit was shared on various social media.
For Vlaams Belang President Tom Van Grieken this is a bridge too far. He does not want Vlaams Belang to be associated with neo-Nazi movements. "The three have seriously damaged our party's image", he said. Vlaams Belang held an extraordinary meeting on Sunday to decide on a punishment.
Van dermeersch was the only one of the 3 with a seat in the party board. She will lose this seat, and her position as community Senator. However, she remains a Flemish MP, while Penris and Dewinter keep their seat in the federal Chamber. Dewinter, a long-time member of Vlaams Belang, will be reprimanded. The party did not have the authority to take their MP seats away from them anyway.