Dutch voters snub EU-Ukraine treaty supported by Ukrainian Jews

April 9, 2016 05:52

AMSTERDAM — A treaty to increase European Union-Ukraine ties was dealt a blow when 60 percent of Dutch voters in a national referendum on the deal voted nay.

The leadership of Ukraine’s Jewish community had lobbied hard in favor of the treaty.

In an apparent expression of anti-EU sentiment, 60 percent of those who voted in the referendum Wednesday came out in opposition to the Ukraine-European Union Association Agreement. The treaty would remove trade barriers and promote military and scientific cooperation between the EU and Ukraine.

The Netherlands is the only EU member state that has not signed off on the treaty, which requires unanimous approval by all 28 EU members. 

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