European Stability Initiative - ESI - 22 April 2018, 18:20

Centraal Station

This is a moment of soul-searching in the Netherlands. The events of 11 September 2001, the murder of film-maker Theo van Gogh by a Dutch Moroccan extremist in late 2004, and the discovery of extremist Islamist networks have all contributed to the current debate on Islam in the Netherlands. The rejection of the EU constitution in the Dutch referendum on 1 June 2005 also raised questions about the level of support for European integration.

So far, however, neither the debate on Islam nor the new debate on the EU have undermined Dutch support for EU enlargement and Turkish accession.

Since October 2005 ESI has undertaken intensive research in the Netherlands to analyse how recent events have influenced the Dutch national debate on enlargement and Turkey.

Here we offer a comprehensive overview of the state of the debate: Dutch voices on Turkey (April 2006) and Background Documents (April 2006).

A full ESI report on the Dutch debate on Turkey and the EU was published on 24 April 2006.

Highlights of the Dutch Debate

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