In western Europe, the Euroscepticism that used to be portrayed as a
mere embarrassing blight among Tory backbenchers is now breaking out
everywhere. Ten years ago Dutch voters rejected the EU constitution, but
were soon afterwards signed up for the almost identical Lisbon Treaty.
Ten years on, campaigners in Holland have succeeded in collecting far
more than the 300,000 signatures they needed to force a Dutch vote on
further EU enlargement. One of the authors of that initiative, the Dutch
writer and philosopher Thierry Baudet, this week announced that he
wants to turn the vote into a debate on Dutch EU membership as a whole. "