About: Dutch referendum

Elections 31-05-2017

Dutch senators approve compromise on EU-Ukraine pact

Dutch senators backed a hard-won compromise yesterday (30 May) to ratify an amended EU-Ukraine deal, clearing one of the final hurdles for approval of the deal to help nudge Kyiv closer to the West.
Global Europe 02-02-2017

NATO calls on Russia to help stop spike in violence in eastern Ukraine

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on Russia yesterday (1 February) to use its "considerable influence" with rebels in eastern Ukraine to end what he described as "the most serious spike in violations" of a shaky truce there in a long time.
Europe's East 17-01-2017

Poroshenko says Ukrainians at risk of losing faith in EU path

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said yesterday (16 January) Ukrainians risked becoming disillusioned with Ukraine's pro-European path if there are further delays to plans to cement its closer integration with the European Union.
Global Europe 15-12-2016

EU summit extends Russia sanctions for six months, reassures Dutch over Ukraine deal

EU heads of state and government agreed tonight (15 December) to roll over sanctions against Russia over its actions in the Ukraine for a further six months, ticking off one element of an otherwise problematic and late-running summit.
Global Europe 14-12-2016

EU officials: Summit set to be a ‘minefield’ of ‘sensitive, explosive’ stuff

Thursday’s summit of EU leaders (15 December) will be a “minefield”, senior EU officials warned on Wednesday (14 December), citing a list of “sensitive, explosive stuff” that could blow up in their faces.
Future EU 13-12-2016

EU keen to move on with ‘life after Britain’

The EU is keen to move on with life after Britain, and Thursday's summit - which one official described as "very complicated" - will deal with most of the crises affecting the bloc.
Enlargement 07-12-2016

Füle: If the EU disengages from the Balkans, others will engage ‘immediately’

Former Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle told an audience today (7 December) that if the EU distances itself from the Western Balkans, other geopolitical players will immediately seize the opportunity to assert their influence over the region.
Global Europe 22-11-2016

Trump’s Russia policy looms large over EU-Ukraine summit

The EU-Ukraine 18th summit to be held on Thursday (24 November) is expected to discuss the consequences of an expected distancing of Washington from Kyiv, and the need for Brussels to do more in assisting the pro-Western government of President Petro Poroshenko.
Trade & Society 04-11-2016

Dutch referendum petition launched to oppose CETA ratification

A Dutch group very similar to the one which organised the referendum that blocked the EU-Ukraine association agreement has already collected over 190,000 signatures for blocking the ratification of CETA, the EU-Canada trade deal.
Europe's East 03-11-2016

Commission offers to help the Dutch revive EU-Ukraine pact

The Dutch government announced that it would seek to move forward following the referendum in which a majority of voters rejected the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, by adding a declaration interpreting the treaty. The Commission said it was ready to help.
Global Europe 26-10-2016

MEPs call on Tusk to end EU summits ‘paralysis’

During a debate held today (26 October) in the European Parliament, MEPs criticised the European Council for its inability to decide on issues such as CETA and EU-Russia relations, with calls for Council President Donald Tusk to “end paralysis in the Council”.
Global Europe 21-10-2016

Netherland’s Rutte still mired in Ukraine referendum aftermath

At the EU summit overnight (20-21 October) Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte obtained little support for his proposals for a way forward following the referendum in which his compatriots rejected the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.
Elections 19-10-2016

Ukrainian First Deputy PM: The Dutch cannot block the whole EU

The Netherlands cannot block the European Union over the ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association agreement, Ukraine’s First Deputy Prime Minister Stepan Kubiv told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.
Brexit 13-06-2016

Dutch PM says he’s ‘totally against referendums’

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte today (13 June) admitted a referendum called by eurosceptic groups on whether to back closer ties between Ukraine and the EU had been "disastrous" after voters soundly rejected the pact.
Europe's East 28-04-2016

EU and Ukraine postpone summit

The EU and Ukraine have postponed a summit scheduled for next month until September to give the pro-Western government in Kyiv more time for political and financial reforms, the EU said yesterday (27 April).

Commission proposes visa-free travel for Ukrainians

The European Commission proposed lifting the visa requirements for citizens of Ukraine on Wednesday (20 April). The move, which was expected, comes despite the Dutch referendum vote against the EU-Ukraine association agreement, partly motivated by hostility to migration.
Brexit 20-04-2016

Will Brexit make the EU more pro-Russian?

Asked if Brexit will make the EU more pro-Russian, international experts with different backgrounds approached by EURACTIV were not unanimous in their assessment. However all said that without the UK, the EU will be weaker internationally.
Elections 11-04-2016

EU to propose visa-free travel for Ukraine despite Dutch vote

The European Commission will propose this month granting visa-free travel to Ukrainians despite a Dutch referendum vote against an EU-Ukraine agreement partly motivated by hostility to migration, a senior EU source said.
Global Europe 07-04-2016

Juncker sad about the Dutch referendum, Cameron says it won’t affect Brexit

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker was saddened by the outcome of a Dutch referendum which saw voters reject a key EU pact with Ukraine, his spokesman said today (7 April).
Global Europe 07-04-2016

Dutch voters reject EU-Ukraine association

Dutch voters on Wednesday (6 April) rejected a European pact with Ukraine in a referendum seen as a barometer of anti-EU feeling, dealing an embarrassing blow to the government in charge of the rotating EU presidency, sending shockwaves throughout the Union.
Brexit 06-04-2016

Dutch referendum on Ukraine treaty will test anti-EU sentiment

A Dutch national referendum today (6 April) on the EU-Ukraine Association agreement is turning into a test of anti-EU sentiment before June's Brexit vote.
Europe's East 05-04-2016

Poroshenko defends record after Panama leaks

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko defended his commitment to transparency yesterday (4 April) after lawmakers called for an investigation into allegations contained in the so-called Panama Papers that he had used an offshore firm to avoid tax.
Brexit 29-02-2016

Farage to back ‘no’ vote in Dutch referendum on Ukraine’s EU association

Leading British eurosceptic Nigel Farage will visit the Netherlands in April to help whip up support for a key Dutch referendum aimed at opposing an EU cooperation deal with Ukraine.

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