Hype around the Dutch, French, and German elections this year has overshadowed what is likely an even larger threat to European integration. Spain’s Catalonia region plans to hold a referendum on secession from Spain this year. With polls showing public opinion evenly split, there is a real chance for an independent Catalonia in the coming months and years, possibly triggering the region’s exit from the European Union.
The upcoming Dutch election is about far more than choosing between political parties on the ballot. It is about restoring the ability of Dutch people to chart their future. On March 15, voters need only ask themselves a single, key question: do you wish to govern yourselves, or do you wish to give that power away?
With the Dutch election fast approaching, this blog post aims to list all eurosceptic parties the country has on offer. Beyond helping inform Dutch voters, this is also an opportunity to underscore the diversity of euroscepticism.
The sad state of political and economic affairs in Greece has caused its people almost ten years of suffering; a lost decade with no end in sight. The only way of ending this purgatory is for Greeks to demand their country’s departure from the single currency. It’s high time for Grexit.
European political and economic integration has been enabled by broad consensus across many parties and nations. Socialists, conservatives, industry, environmentalists, and cultural minorities all saw their aspirations reflected in the EU. Today, many of these groups no longer see themselves in the European project, fuelling growing euroscepticism from the very same factions that helped the EU come about.
The Scottish government aims to sever Scotland’s ties with Westminster, but wishes to remain in the European Union. This position is not only impossible, but dangerously misleading to Scots.
Headlines denouncing democratic movements as “populist” have proliferated in recent years. These comments rarely define what populism means, and almost all shed those accused of it in a negative light. The tactic of pejoratively calling populist any person or movement questioning governing structures is not only unhelpful, it is endangers progress.
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.