WORLD NEWS TOMORROW EUROPE – Political parties in different countries have declared not being a fan of referendum the way former PM Cameron has used in the United Kingdom. For many political parties a referendum is a final piece after a government has taken a decision about new laws or treaties. Not the other way around.
Dutch politicians declare that the people should be the ones driving the wish for a referendum but only as a reference after decisions by governments over laws and treaties have been taken. If through referenda “The people” massively show to disagree then a government should need to review their decision. This is partly what happened during the Ukraine Referendum in the Netherlands. With a majority of the voters against the Association treaty, the Dutch PM Rutte declared to wait how to deal with the results until after the Brexit. Despite the negative results, the referendum was declared to only be advisory of nature.
In march this year, French voters have clearly demonstrated to want their own “Yes-No” referendum. This came out only a week after “Alternative Fur Deutschland” won a prime position in state elections in Germany also declaring their wish for an “Yes-No” Referendum.
The flooding of refugees from middle east countries, as a result of the instability caused by the war in Syria, shows a growing potential for further destabilization of Europe fuelling discussions about closing borders and denying access to immigrants and refugees as a whole. How will Germany react on the continuous stream of refugees after the attack on the train by a 17 year old teenage Afghan refugee who struck down and wounded 18 people with an axe? Will it continue to keep their borders open or do they have other solutions to contain the terror aggression? How will France deal with the terrorism attacks that continue to influence France’s current way of life? France declared to prolong the state of emergency 24 hours after the Nice attack for another three months.
Recent terror events will make the call for protection louder and the “Yes-No” referendum is for many people tone of the few ways to express their anger and fear about current European Situation and enable them to do something about the threat to their country.
Will European governments find proper solutions in time with the right people at the right places understanding this terror horror? Can a “Yes-No”referendum help governments in forcing new legislations to provide better security and safety and protecting their own people?
An obvious consequence of a “Yes-No” referendum is the fact that many countries will most likely Exit the European Union. The general public opinion in France and Germany is not in favour for remaining within the EU in the light of current threats. A Frexit or Dexit would most likely create a collapse of the western European world as we know it now. Extreme right political parties embrace this idea and gain huge popularity over it. But what chaos will come from that? It is unlikely governments in Europe will allow this and extreme tools as “Yes-No” referendum are simply not an option. But the real question here is: Can Europe stand strong together and take sufficient measures to protect its people and guarantee safety for the future?