Wednesday, June 01, 2005

The Dutch turn 

Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende has made a final appeal to voters on, urging them not to reject the European Union constitution saying the charter would not cause the country to lose influence in the 25-member bloc.
At Peaktalk, Dutch-born blogger Pieter Dorsman previews tomorrow’s non-binding Dutch referendum:

Polling... found out that the no-vote is strongest among the free-market Liberal Party (the VVD, the Dutch right) and the hard-line socialist SP. The supporters of the centrist Christian-Democrats are generally in favor while the Labour Party is split. All these results really point to one thing and that is the desire of a majority of outspoken Dutch voters (from both the left and the right) to have something that has been absent from Dutch politics for years: a debate about Europe.


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