While Ireland cast its vote for the EU fiscal pact (or ESM) in a referendum yesterday,
the party leader of the Freedom Party in the Netherlands, Geert Wilders, raised legal
charges against the Dutch government because of their “illegitimate vote”
on the treaty.
After walking out of negotiations on austerity measures, leaving the Dutch minority government unable to deal with the economical situation in Europe two months ago, the anti-European Wilders now disagrees with the ESM and wants the government to wait with the vote until the a government is elected in September.
After setting an unsuccessful ultimatum for the Dutch parliament to postpone the vote, Wilders took his objections a step further by suing the Dutch government for an illegitimate vote. “Not as a politician, but as a worried citizen trying to protect the Dutch people.”
This morning the judge ruled that Geert Wilders is wrong. The parliament was chosen by the people and with that vote they automatically agree with the decisions made by the Dutch Second Chamber.
The Freedom Party’s foreman is very disappointed with the ruling but says he will fight until the bitter end – looking for other options to force the postponement of the vote.
So with the Netherlands and Ireland back in the saddle the work on the economic reconstruction of Europe can continue.