Dutch dont want the guilder back

7th March 2012, Comments 1 comment

If a referendum were to be held now on reintroducing the Dutch guilder to replace the euro, 61percent of voters would reject the idea, says the RTL news station.

Its report is based on an opinion poll from Maurice de Hond. Geert Wilders’ populist Freedom Party says a referendum should be held on the issue.

On Monday, the Freedom Party presented a report prepared by Lombard Street Research, a Eurosceptic British agency. Its findings indicated that dropping the euro and returning to the guilder would benefit the Netherlands. Only 23 percent of the opinion poll respondents believe the agency’s research was dependable.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte has also been critical of the Freedom Party report. He says he’s “absolutely convinced” that the guilder would have been “broken by speculation” in 2008 and 2009. He believes the Netherlands would have come out worse from the credit crisis if the euro hadn’t been introduced.

© Radio Netherlands Worldwide


© Radio Netherlands Worldwide

1 Comment To This Article

  • Patrick posted:

    on 12th March 2012, 14:30:34 - Reply

    "He believes the Netherlands would have come out worse from the credit crisis if the euro hadn’t been introduced."

    We're out of the credit crisis? He probably believes in the tooth fairy and santa clause as well.