Prince Constantijn made an empassioned plea for greater Dutch involvement in the EU in a speech marking the 50th anniversary of the treaty of Rome on Tuesday. Europe was not a threat to everything that was ‘typically Dutch’, the prince told his audience of students in The Hague.
The only threat to the Dutch is the Dutch themselves through ‘cutting themselves off and building walls’, the prince said. ‘Europe is all around us. Ignore it and you are doing yourself no favours’, he said. ‘Acknowledging it expands your opportunities’.
Constantijn is the youngest of queen Beatrix’s three sons.
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