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Wednesday, June 01, 2005
  Hogere opkomst dan bij stemming Europarlement
I don't know how long this link will last.

Selecting part of the original article:
"Het opkomstpercentage voor het referendum over de Europese grondwet is woensdag aanzienlijk groter dan vorig jaar tijdens de verkiezingen voor het Europese Parlement. In Den Haag had tot 14:00 uur 23,67 procent gestemd tegen 14,74 procent bij de Europese verkiezingen."

A rough translation is that the turnout for the European Constitution Referendum in Holland is greater than that for the last European Parliament elections.

There is a point that the political elites are turning people off politics by not being aware of people's practical concerns on the ground. Part of that arises from the failure of politicians to deliver and the creation of ever more complex systems by which people have to live their lives.

There is an opportunity of changing the direction of the European Union away from "ever closer union" and instead towards what I call "L'Europe de plusiers fromages" - which perhaps rings more of a bell in France.

We neither need nor do people want a homogenised europe with a midatlantic style of culture.

With a bit of luck that message may be heard from the referenda happening this week.
 
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