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Neue Nüchternheit und kritische Öffentlichkeit – die Niederlande und die europäische Integration

Alfred Pijpers and Gudrun Staedel-Schneider
Integration
Vol. 30, No. 4 (Oktober 2007), pp. 449-462
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/24223542
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Abstract

Viewed against the backdrop of the Dutch veto of the proposed EU Constitutional Treaty, this paper argues that the Dutch position towards European integration has undergone fundamental changes in recent years: where there used to be a general ‘permissive’ consensus, today scepticism prevails. A clear divide between citizens and politics prevents the Dutch democracy from functioning at its best within the European Union. In addition, there are new challenges such as the strong influx of immigrants and the negative side effects of globalisation; most people believe that the nation-state is still the most likely actor to solve these problems. In this light, the author addresses the question of how this change of attitude has affected the Netherlands' European policy and which consequences can be expected in the long run (in terms of shaping the further integration process) and in the short term (with regard to ratifying the Reform Treaty).

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