Election first before ratifiying Brussels rescue fund, say voters

Six out of 10 Dutch voters think parliament should not ratify the treaty to set up a permanent European rescue fund until after the September general election, according to a poll for television programme EenVandaag on Tuesday.

MPs are debating the setting up of the fund this week, amid increasing calls for parliament to wait until after September 12 to have its say.
The anti-immigration PVV, Socialists and pro-animal PvdD have already called for a delay in the ratification procedure
The small Christian grouping ChristenUnie became the latest opponents of the ESM when leader Arie Slob said on Monday evening his party will not vote in favour. ChristenUnie cannot agree to contribute €40bn of taxpayers’ money without knowing what is going to happen to the money or without having any say over it, Slob said.
He wants finance minister Jan Kees de Jager to return to the negotiating table to ensure countries which contribute to the fund have control over it. The Netherlands is contributing some €5bn to the fund in cash and the rest in the form of guarantees.
Legal action
Meanwhile, Geert Wilders is to press ahead with legal action to stop Dutch ratification because he believes the establishment of the fund hands over too much power to Brussels. That case may be heard as early as next week.
In addition, the caretaker government is not in a position to approve the fund because it should not take controversial decisions, Wilders says. He wants the fund to become an issue in the election campaign.
July launch

The Netherlands goes to the polls to elect a new parliament in September, but the emergency fund has to be ratified before this. The fund, which will have at least €500bn at its disposal to start with, is due to launch in July.
Prime minister Mark Rutte has already signed the agreement but parliament needs to give its approval as well.
Wilders said last week his decision to go to court is unique in parliamentary history, but denied it was an election stunt.

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