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Following the Dutch Fiasco, The EU Would Not Survive Any Popular Vote

So little comfort for the Ukrainians who ruined their state for the sake of becoming Europe's junior members

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Originally appeared at UM+

The author is brilliant Russian columnist and political activist. Нe is a socialist who got a prison term in the USSR for dissenting from the orthodoх сommunist ideology

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Freedom cannot be stopped

The referendum that took place in the Netherlands on April 6th produced a result that the citizens practically sank the Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement.

Voting against association agreement  with the Ukraine the Dutchmen oppose not so much Kiev as Brussels. 

The initiatives of the European Union raised at a referendum almost irrevocably fail. There were a few significant exclusions when one and the same issue formulated in a little way different were brought up for the second or third time until they forced citizens to put up with the planned results. 

But apparently these tactics didn’t work this time. The surveys show that if the existence of the European Union itself was brought up to a popular vote, this union would be doomed in  most European countries – the situation is reverse to that in the USSR people voted for in the referendum in 1991 after which the Soviet Union was liquidated by the respective governments. 

In case of the Dutch referendum everything was quite dramatic since the authorities of the Kingdom weren’t eager to bring  the issue to public judgement. The population taking part in the decision-making process today is becoming the main threat for liberal democracy because the priorities, values and even ideas of the good and evil of intellectual and political class and most of other people in Europe are not just different but exactly the opposite. 

That’s why avoiding the direct discussion of the issues with the people and especially preventing them from having referendums is the most important condition for supporting the systemic stability nowadays. 

However, this can’t always work in the countries with old democratic traditions established in their legislation. The Netherlands is one of them. It is a birthplace of a victorious popular revolution first in Europe’s history after all! 

Nevertheless, the results of the Dutch Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement are symbolic for the Ukraine in its own way. Because the Ukrainian crisis started with an attempt of Victor Yanukovych’s administration to prepare an association agreement that afterwards the Ukrainian government itself did not risk to sign thus provoking Maidan, civil war and conflict with Russia.

Now when the agreement in its original form is buried, the initial absurdity of all this epic is getting more obvious. What Poroshenko promised in response was that independent of how the western partners voted, Kiev would carry out the agreement unilaterally, opening the domestic market for foreign goods and not trying to get anything in exchange. Probably, this is the best possible situation for European business.

Eventually, no one will be blamed for, if the Ukrainian officials totally ruin their industries and destroy the domestic market by themselves without any exterior help. 

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