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Most of all, the Dutch vote shows us the failure of big governments and state-centralisation (Photo: Peter Teffer)

One lesson from the Dutch referendum

About seven months ago, the Dutch satirical website GeenStijl (“NoStyle”), managed to force the Dutch government to hold a referendum on the EU agreement with Ukraine.

Dutch politicians laughed at the idea of a website like GeenStijl being able to change the political field of the Netherlands.

But on Wednesday (6 April), 64 percent of the vote was against the EU Agreement with Ukraine, and the turnout passed the threshold of 30 percent.

Politicians believed the uproar wou...

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Lisbeth founded EUobserver in 2000 and is responsible to the Board for effective strategic leadership, planning and performance. After graduating from the Danish School of Media and Journalism, she worked as a journalist, analyst, and editor for Danish media.

Most of all, the Dutch vote shows us the failure of big governments and state-centralisation (Photo: Peter Teffer)

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Lisbeth founded EUobserver in 2000 and is responsible to the Board for effective strategic leadership, planning and performance. After graduating from the Danish School of Media and Journalism, she worked as a journalist, analyst, and editor for Danish media.

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