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.
In 2005 and 2006 ESI has undertaken intensive research in the Netherlands to analyse how these events have influenced the Dutch national debate on enlargement and Turkey (Beyond enlargement fatigue? The Dutch debate on Turkish accession, 24 April 2006). An up-date is foreseen to be published during 2009.
ESI report: Beyond enlargement fatigue? The Dutch debate on Turkish accession (24 April 2006)