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Maidan square in Kiev, the scene of the 2014 revolution after former Ukraine regime rejected the EU treaty (Photo: Marco Fieber)

Dutch farce on Ukraine: Is there a way out?

by Ramses A. Wessel and Adam Lazowski, Twente, in the Netherlands, and London,

Between a farce and a drama there is a thin line. Usually it is a drama that turns into a farce, however, with the Dutch referendum on the EU-Ukraine association agreement it was the other way round.

A farce referendum, which was triggered by the self-centred agenda of a populist movement, has just turned into a drama that will have geopolitical implications. Before the festivities in the No camp and at the Kremlin end, the EU will have to come up with a solution.

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Maidan square in Kiev, the scene of the 2014 revolution after former Ukraine regime rejected the EU treaty (Photo: Marco Fieber)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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