1. WaPo: Dutch lawmaker to turn to court in bid to stop country from ratifying Europe bailout fund
Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders says he will file a lawsuit to block the Netherlands from ratifying the permanent European bailout fund.
Wilders, leader of the Netherlands’ third-largest political party, forced the collapse of the all-conservative government last month by walking out of austerity talks he said would hurt the economy to satisfy European budgetary rules.
The Netherlands is in a mild recession. After Wilders’ walkout, new national elections have been scheduled for September. Wilders, known as an anti-Islam populist, but now campaigning also as a European skeptic, has called for the euro’s abolishment.
The Netherlands’ caretaker Cabinet said Wednesday it plans to ratify the treaty creating the bailout fund, but Wilders said in a statement the treaty surrenders significant sovereign fiscal control and should only be approved after elections.
Not surprisingly, Wilders takes the nationalist, sovereignty stance when it comes to providing funding for the Europe bailout fund. As a far-right politician it would be surprising if he did anything else.
Wilders takes Dutch state to court to head off EU emergency fund
Wilders told the paper his decision to go to court is unique in parliamentary history, but denied it was an election stunt. 'I am defending the interests of the Netherlands,' he told the paper. He earlier failed to get enough support in parliament to call a halt to the ratification process.
The PVV leader has said several times he intends to make the election campaign a referendum on Europe.
We have learned that we cannot live alone, at peace; that our own well-being is dependent on the well-being of other nations far away. ... We have learned to be citizens of the world, members of the human community. ... We shall strive for perfection. ... We may make mistakes, but they must never be mistakes which result from faintness of heart or abandonment of moral principle.