THE NATIONS: Step Toward the Future

It was one of those small actions that hold hopes and promises far greater than mere words. By a 66-to-7 vote, the lower house of the Dutch States-General approved a constitutional amendment that 1) empowers the national government to surrender legislative, administrative and judicial prerogatives to supranational organizations; 2) authorizes Parliament (by two-thirds vote) to ratify treaties even when they conflict with The Netherlands' constitution, and 3) enables the government, in certain circumstances, to declare war without Parliamentary consent.

The hardheaded Dutch, who learned in World War II that they cannot exist...

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