In April the Dutch people will vote on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. In an interview with the NRC, a Dutch leading newspaper, Juncker warned the Dutch voters a “NO” would lead to a big continental crisis. “Russia and anti-European movements will profit from a Dutch No; the Dutch have to vote yes for reasons not related to the treaty, the Dutch should act like a European strategist” according to Mr Juncker.
Even the Dutch leader of the most pro-European party, Mr Pechtold, was shocked by the warning, fearing it would have an adverse affect on the Dutch voters.
The Dutch government introduced a law on a consulting referendum in 2015, the Dutch legislature claimed to be aiming at democratic improvements passing that law while in reality it turns out to have been constructed to prevent a referendum from ever happening. The Dutch people who want a consultative referendum are obliged to collect 300.000 signatures on paper. Since on average, it takes an hour to collect one valid signature, the Dutch authorities were absolutely convinced that no one would ever manage to collect that many signatures.
Paradoxically, an organization was created by the Dutch authorities to facilitate a Dutch referendum, knowing that its principal would never want to see a referendum happening. For this reason they do not accept the use of the Dutch digital authentication system (DigID), a system introduced by the Dutch authorities for citizens communicate digitally with the Dutch government.
Unfortunately for the Dutch lawmakers, a Dutch blogger figured out how to collect genuine signatures digitally. The only thing people have to do is to put their their handwritten signature in the PC, using an electronic drawing canvas. In this way 300.000 signatures have been collected, while the Dutch mainstream media completely ignored this watershed moment.
The first Referendum under the new law is going to be against the acceptance of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. The organization sees the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement as provoking unnecessary violent tensions in Europe. The EU has been established to promote stability and peace on the continent; however, with the agreement the founding principles are being neglected.
The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and NATO’s involvement in Ukraine has resulted in:
1. violent riots in Kiev;
2. toppling of the Ukraine government;
3. annexation of the Crimea;
4. war in eastern Ukraine;
5. possible enlargement of the EU without the consultation of the EU citizens;
6. flow of money to a country that is still ruled by corrupt oligarchs;
7. European-NATO encroaching into former soviet republics.
As the Netherlands heads the EU presidency, the Dutch will go to the ballot box to vote against the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. The Brussels elites already knows that there is resentment against the enlargement of the European Union; it is, however, new that the referendum also includes NATO policies.