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Debate on Europe getting started

16 February 2007 - A petition may be organised to plead for a Dutch referendum on a new European treaty. This was announced yesterday at a debate at Huize Lydia.

A few dozen people had turned up at the meeting. Tuur Elzinga, chairman of Attac Netherlands, saw this as a sign that interest in Europe is increasing, partly in response to attempts by the German chancellor Angela Merkel to revive the European Constitution.

The new Dutch government seems not to be inclined to organise a new referendum, after the negative outcome in June 2005. However, Willem Bos, who at the time played an important role in the campaign against the constitution, finds that it is necessary to ask the opinion of citizens again.

His Committee No Constitution / Different Europe will if necessary organise a petition to pressurise Parliament to hold a referendum after all.

The organisations that were present at the meeting criticised the constitution for being insufficiently democratic and for prescribing privatisations and free markets. Anti-European nationalism did not play a role.

“If there will be a different Europe, then they may abolish the Netherlands for all I care”, said Piet van der Lende of the Euro Marches organisation. “As long as they do not tell me I cannot speak Dutch anymore”.

Attac Netherlands has recently been discussing alternative visions of Europe with Attac chapters in countries such as Germany, Austria, Italy and Norway. A text containing ten principles for a social treaty is to be published shortly. It is not yet certain whether all chapters will endorse the text.

In collaboration with other organisations, Euro Marches will organise discussion meetings on Europe during the coming months. In addition, eight editions of a magazine on Europe will be published, starting in April. Sixty thousand copies will be distributed, half of them as a supplement to the Mug magazine published in Amsterdam.


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