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Dutch coalition divided on Cameron's speech on Europe: FD

Wednesday 23 January 2013

The two Dutch coalition parties are divided in their response to British prime minister David Cameron's speech on Europe, the Financieele Dagblad reports on Wednesday afternoon.

The paper says while the VVD Liberals are positive in their reaction to the speech, their Labour coalition partner thinks the cabinet should distance itself from Cameron's remarks.

'Britain has been an important partner for the Netherlands and will continue to be so,' VVD spokesman Mark Verheijen said. The MP said he shared Cameron's analysis that too much power has been transferred to Brussels and needs to be given back to the member states


But Labour's Europe spokesman Michiel Servaes says Cameron wants to fundamentally change the character of the European alliance. His main message is to call for a more flexible form of EU membership, allowing Britain to opt out of key agreements, Servaes said.

'In so doing, Cameron is taking an axe to the roots of the European alliance and the internal market,' the FD quoted him as saying. The Dutch cabinet must clearly distance itself from this road, the MP said.


In a formal statement, Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans said the Netherlands agrees with Britain that the EU needs reform and that he hoped the British government and other like-minded member states will put all their energy into reforming the EU.

'You reform the EU from inside, not by walking away,' the Labour minister said. This why the Netherlands is keen to ensure Britain remains a member.

'An EU which has been reformed, made more democratic, more efficient and economically stronger is the best way of convincing all European citizens of the need for this historically unique project,' he said.





© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Cameron is right, the EU started as open markets, trade and travel now it is all about wasting money and generating more poverty in Europe.

By AndyT | 23 January 2013 8:07 PM

After years of promiss this is the payout of the British. Bunch on cowards!!!!!

By Mary | 23 January 2013 9:28 PM

As if David Cameron is the average British person Mary. At least the brits didnt sell themselves down the line for the EU fat cats like us pathetic Dutch did!

By Sam | 23 January 2013 11:35 PM

Sorry, Mary, I am not sure what you mean exactly.

By What? | 24 January 2013 12:00 AM

Dutch coalition divided on Cameron's speech on Europe: FD. Mr. Servaes, a name very similar to a Swiss sausage misses some key points. Holland as a trading nations. Everything has an end only the sausage has two and it was because of the Dutch Labour Mr. Cameron did not hold the speech in Holland, well done Mr. Servaes.

By Terence Hale | 24 January 2013 4:28 AM

The EU was based on agreements between member states to encourage free trade & travel to encourage prosperity. My how times have changed! - 'more like a cartel of banksters & corporate seeking total power over everything & everybody run by unelected leaders.

A dictatorial oligarchy cannot be reformed, only disbanded: which country will play the disobedient domino to cause it's downfall?

The attractive salaries for EU members of parliament & scare tactics are what's keeping it afloat. :P

By The visitor | 24 January 2013 7:08 AM

Better for UK to leave EU. They are only hindering EU progress.

By ufo | 24 January 2013 9:34 AM

I am more and more concerned that politicians are not representing their people, but themselves and their parties for their own gain. Last week NED2 showed a program in which was stated that Greek bankruptcy will occur but only after the German election in order to save Merkel and her buddies. In addition, short term solutions are not what is need right now - we need to look far ahead in order to make the world financially stable in the long run. It is scary that politicians do not seem to be doing this. They are more concerned about getting a vote than doing the right thing for the future.

By Maria | 24 January 2013 10:14 AM

@AndyT: even worse, the EU started as the European Coal and Steel Community. Quite a change to what we know today, and quite a substantial power grab.

I'd have fewer problems with the EU if it was more democratic, and the powers of the commission were severely limited to an advisory body/civil service rather than policy setting organisation.

By H. | 24 January 2013 11:20 AM

Typical politician desperately, trying to secure the next election victory, the referendum should take place now, and not on a far flung promise? The euro and the EU is a failure full, of unelected fat cat beurocrats that ordinary people never voted for, and by their hand, flooding struggling European country's with low skilled immigrants. And, no I am not a racist. Europe, does not unite us, it divides us.

By Highlander | 24 January 2013 11:46 AM

Finally everyone is now listening to Nigel Farage!!!

By mza | 24 January 2013 2:23 PM

If Britain leaves the EU there would have to be work permits or departure for EU people working in Britain. And the same for Brits in EU countries. Not that it's ever going to happen. This is just Cameron trying to get back the support the Tories lost to UKIP. If he gets back into power there won't be any referendum. Meanwhile businesses thinking of setting up in the UK will look elsewhere.

By MJP | 24 January 2013 4:05 PM

Agree with you 100%, Highlander. Well said, sir.

By woods | 24 January 2013 4:44 PM

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