Netherlands rejects EU reform treaty referendum Katerina Ossenova at 2:55 PM ET
[JURIST] The Dutch government will not hold a general referendum on the proposed EU Reform Treaty [PDF text; EU materials], Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende [official profile] said Friday. Balkenende said the referendum was unnecessary because the new EU treaty had "no constitutional aspirations." The Dutch Parliament [official website] could propose a treaty referendum itself although anti-referendum parties have a majority of seats. AFP has more.
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