Actually with the critical ECB meeting looming on Thursday, it could in fact be more like a ‘trifecta’ than a ‘double whammy’. Anyway, however you classify things, on Wednesday it will be the turn of the Netherlands. My impression is that the politicians don’t know quite how to respond.
Incidentally, with so much news coming in so fast, we will be directing most referendum information posts to our other page: A Few Euros More.
According to De Telegraaf Dutch Prime Minister is ‘disappointed’:
Prime Balkenende “has been disappointed” by the French ‘ no ‘ against the European constitution. He stated he had rather expected a positive result on Sunday evening. Balkenende called Dutch voters to vote ‘yes’. We should not our laws to be made by the French.
Frans draws our attention to an interesting post on the Dutch blog Steeph, and also writes:
“pm Balkende is disappointed. The quote is quite remarkable. It says “We should not let the French tell us what to do”. www.nu.nl had a more elaborate comment that even included “the Dutch should teach them a lesson”
Mr Aartsen (leader of the coalition party VVD) had a remarkable comment too:
Nederland krijgt volgens hem nu de kans door een overtuigend ‘ja’ volwaardig mee te beslissen hoe verder te gaan met de Franse republiek. “Now the Dutch have the chance with a clear yes to decide on how to deal with the French republic”
Mr maaten VVD-MEP had a wiser comment mentioning that apparently the people in the bigger countries do not have the idea that they are better of with the treaty.
My feeling (Edward) Is that the impact of the vote is going to be made much worse by the way European leaders are responding. I have just been listening to Josep Borrell (Catalan President of the European Parliament) interviewed on France info: “business as usual” is the line.
I thing this is a clear case of Ostrich-itis. The point *isn’t* that this puts all of Europe into crisis. This is not necessary. But ‘crisis’ can only be avoided by recognising openly and clearly that something has gone wrong. The EU leaders are not carrying the EU voters with them on the constitution, and a dialogue must begin. The sooner this is recognised the better. I would say Thursday morning would be an important ‘waterline’. Everything points to a Dutch no, and a need for a real change of course in the way we handle things.