"Referenda elsewhere could hurt NL"

25th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

25 June 2007, AMSTERDAM – It could work out to the Netherlands' disadvantage if referenda on the new European treaty are held in other EU member states. There is a chance that the population in countries that initially ratified the constitutional treaty will vote against the new treaty agreed on Saturday because this treaty was made "less European" at the request of the Netherlands.

25 June 2007

AMSTERDAM – It could work out to the Netherlands' disadvantage if referenda on the new European treaty are held in other EU member states. There is a chance that the population in countries that initially ratified the constitutional treaty will vote against the new treaty agreed on Saturday because this treaty was made "less European" at the request of the Netherlands.

German state secretary for European affairs Peter Altmaier suggested this on the television programme Buitenhof on Sunday. His comment was in response to the possibility that a referendum may be held in the Netherlands again at the insistence of opposition parties Socialist SP and Freedom Party PVV. Other countries are also considering referenda. If one country votes against the treaty, Europe will be facing a major problem.

18 countries had already ratified the European constitution which the Netherlands and France rejected in 2005. Most of these countries approved the constitutional treaty without a referendum.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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