The Dutch Referendum on the EU Association Agreement with Ukraine

The Dutch referendum about the EU Association Agreement with Ukraine leads to uncharted waters on several fronts. April 6, 2016 is the first time when an electorate of one EU member state gets a direct say on an external EU agreement. This brief provides an overview of the referendum’s (i) legal and political background, (ii) state-of-play, including the argumentation of its main proponents and (iii) future prospects as the situation opens a range of new questions for the Netherlands, the EU and Ukraine in an unprecedented context. (PDF) Zuzana Novakova

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