Here’s one for my European readers: have you heard of the Ukraine-European Union Association Agreement?
If you want the nitty-gritty on that, check out the Wikipedia page. In short though, it’s an agreement that says things about Ukraine relation to the European Union. Mostly trade stuff, but also a few military and political pages. Though everyone in the EU has already given their A-OK, some folks over here in the Netherlands got upset about some things in the agreement and started collecting signatures so they could force our government to hold a vote. That happened, and the referendum was today!
It’s quite the controversial thing actually. People saying it’s a waste of money, people playing it off as an anti-European tactic, people not voting because they don’t know what it’s about (which is a big deal because the result is invalidated if less than 30% of the people vote), the media giving face-value arguments— if they even inform at all. Most politicians are pro-agreement, current results show the people are anti-agreement. The end result is an advising one, meaning our government isn’t legally bound to do anything with it. But they said they would listen, so I’m incredibly curious to see what they’ll do with a “no” vote.
Honestly, it’s kind of a shitfest. I don’t doubt the agreement will end up making it through regardless of what happens, but the implications of the results and backlash that’ll inevitable happen are really interesting.