Britain and The Netherlands: Similar concerns but different approaches in reforming the EU
18 Feb 2014 - 17:20
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At first sight, the UK and The Netherlands seem close allies in their efforts to drive forward EU reform, repatriate EU competences and demand more attention be paid to subsidiarity. This was at least the impression Prime Minister Cameron gave when he made his ground-breaking Bloomberg speech in which he announced a referendum on EU membership and discussed repatriation of EU competences: “So let us use this moment, as the Dutch Prime Minister recently has suggested, to examine thoroughly what the EU as a whole should do and should stop doing.”Originally, Cameron even planned to deliver the speech in Amsterdam in front of a – supposedly – sympathetic audience.
For full article in the publication 'Renegotiation, Reform and Referendum: Does Britain have an EU future?' please click here (pdf. page 50-57).