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Why I’ve voted yes in the referendum on the Association treaty with Ukraine


In the run-up to the referendum  on the association treaty with Ukraine I’ve changed my mind quite a few times, but in the end I decided to vote in favour of the treaty. In making this decision I think there were three questions that were most important to come to a conclusion.

Is the treaty good for Ukraine?  Is this expanding our sphere of influence and should we be doing so? And last. Is the treaty good for Europe?

In the end I think the answers to all of these questions lead to a vote in favour of the treaty, although there are certainly points from both sides on each of these topics. Continue reading Why I’ve voted yes in the referendum on the Association treaty with Ukraine

Referendum on the association treaty with Ukraine


In the Netherlands on the 6th of april we’re having a referendum on the association treaty between the EU and Ukraine. I plan to write a few pieces on this topic and have in the past few months done a bit of research.

22th of March some of the student associations in Leiden organized a debate between two of our politicians (Renske Leijten and Kees Verhoeven) and a journalist (Arno Wellens).

At the event I was allowed to record the debate and am allowed to upload it.

It is in Dutch, but for the not so few of you who speak the language, I have uploaded it and embedded it below:

Apologies for the suboptimal quality of the Audio.