It seems like 2007 is shaping up to be the year of the demise of the EU.Of course, actual events in 2007 and this, the year of our Lord 2008, have proven us spectacularly wrong. But there is some cause for optimism, as the Dutch public at large seems to start to begin to develop an understanding about the EUnions true character.
The Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) reports (NL) that scepsis about the European project is on the increase.
In 2006 a clear majority of [Dutch] voters is against further European unification: 55 percent is against, 26 percent in favour with 19 percent taking a middle position. With that the distrust of Europe [they mean the EUnion - KV] has increased considerably since the beginning of the nineties. In 1994 there were more proponents (38 percent) then opponents (30 percent) of a far-reaching European unification.The only slightly worrying thing about the report is the apparent extent to which the EUnion has got its claws into the education of our young. According to the CBS report:
With a support of 68% the youngest group of voters (18 to 25 years of age) is the only population group with warm feeling for Europe [they mean the EUnion - KV].Then again, wisdom comes with age, doesn't it?