2016 was undoubtedly an important year for euroscepticism. Most notably, Britain’s decision to cease its European Union (EU) membership shattered the notion of European integration’s inevitability. The peoples of Europe are waking up to the enormous price they’ve paid for EU membership, and will continue to in 2017.
2016 will join years like 1968, 1989, and 2001 as a “year that changed everything”. With a particular focus on European integration, The Eurosceptic has ranked the ten most significant events of the year reflecting a shift against more Brussels, and towards more sovereignty.
As the dust settles from Italy’s “no” vote to constitutional reform, and a parliamentary vote in Westminster nudges Brexit a little bit closer to reality, the next big eurosceptic event looms large. The Dutch elect a new parliament on March 15, 2017, and there are strong indications that eurosceptic voices will take a significant share of the vote. The Netherlands has become a powderkeg of euroscepticism, and is likely the next EU domino to fall.
Two important votes are taking place this Sunday, December 4th. Austria is holding its long-delayed presidential election between two candidates from non-traditional political parties, and, on the other side of the Alps, Italy is holding a referendum on far-reaching constitutional reform. This article explains, in short, why these votes are so important, and in particular, why eurosceptics should care.