The Netherlands Vote June 1st

The Netherlands has now announced that it will hold its referendum on the European Constitutional Treaty on June 1st.

Before that it is generelly expected that the referendum in France will be held.

And it has now been announced that Denmark will have its referendum immediately after the summer on September 27.

Public opinion is the Netherlands on these issues are likely to be in a somewhat volatile stage. There has been a strong reaction against the perception that the larger powers – read Germany – can do what they want with the Growth and Stability Pact, while the somewhat smaller ones are supposed to adhere to it.

And to this should be added the debate on all of the issues connected with the Van Gogh murder last year. Issues of immigration and integration were certainly at the forefront of the debate when I was in The Hague some time ago.

But against this stands the very strong approval of the Constitutional Treaty by all of the major political parties of the country.

3 Responses to The Netherlands Vote June 1st

  1. simulev skriver:

    Sir. Care to comment today’s Chicago Sun-Times?

    U.S. can sit back and watch Europe implode”The president, in other words, understands that for Europe, unlike America, the war on terror is an internal affair, a matter of defusing large unassimilated radicalized Muslim immigrant populations before they provoke the inevitable resurgence of opportunist political movements feeding off old hatreds.”[…]
    ”Most of the so-called constitution isn’t in the least bit constitutional. That’s to say, it’s not content, as the U.S. Constitution is, to define the distribution and limitation of powers. Instead, it reads like a U.S. defense spending bill that’s got porked up with a ton of miscellaneous expenditures for the ”mohair subsidy” and other notorious Congressional boondoggles”[…]
    ”For what it’s worth, I incline to the latter position. Europe’s problems — its unaffordable social programs, its deathbed demographics, its dependence on immigration numbers that no stable nation (not even America in the Ellis Island era) has ever successfully absorbed — are all of Europe’s making. By some projections, the EU’s population will be 40 percent Muslim by 2025. Already, more people each week attend Friday prayers at British mosques than Sunday service at Christian churches — and in a country where Anglican bishops have permanent seats in the national legislature.

    Some of us think an Islamic Europe will be easier for America to deal with than the present Europe of cynical, wily, duplicitous pseudo-allies. But getting there is certain to be messy, and violent.”

  2. Sven K skriver:

    It’s true that our politicans’ conviction not rarely differs from peoples’ viewpoint on international affairs, such as the role of EU and immigration. An EU built on politicians’ vision might be as dead as the ‘Roadmap for Peace in the Middle East’… and we have to start all over.

    Hopefully the people of the Middle East wouldn´t copy the context of western democratic praxis right over, which is much the same as in the late 1930’s when Hitler was elected chancellor.

  3. Robert Daguillard skriver:

    In fact, it’s not at all clear that the Dutch people will vote to ratify the European Constitution, for the reasons to which Carl alluded. In the past week, I remember reading a poll that had a plurality of Dutch voters undecided on the treaty and those opposed outnumbering those in favor 29 to 20% or something similar.

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