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Book presentation 'Lost Consensus: Europe in the Dutch parliamentary-political debate, 1945-2012'

 
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The relationship between the European Union and the Netherlands can be characterized by three words: "rise, shine and sink-in", however the 'shining' has hardly occured. This is evident from the book 'Lost Consensus Europe in Dutch parliamentary political debate, 1945-2012'. The book focuses on the debate in Dutch politics concerning European integration since World War II. A main focus lies on the developments of political parties' positions through time in relation to the existence of fractures - or continuity - in the Dutch attitude towards Europe. The research shows how the rising European bureaucracy was welcomed with both positive and negative connotations in the national political debate.

Learn more about this book on the Dutch version of this website