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How a Dutch Satire Site Could Disrupt EU-Ukraine Relations

  • Dutch election board declares gathered signatures valid
  • All EU nations must ratify treaty for it to take effect
A woman walks past a tent displaying the European Union and Ukrainian flags in Independence Square in Kiev.

A woman walks past a tent displaying the European Union and Ukrainian flags in Independence Square in Kiev.

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New rules in the Netherlands have given a satirical website the opportunity to upend a treaty between the European Union and Ukraine.

Backed by a blog best known for its political commentary, a group called GeenPeil collected enough signatures to call for a non-binding referendum on a pact that establishes closer economic ties between the EU and the former Soviet state. More than 400,000 were declared valid by the Dutch election board on Wednesday, surpassing the 300,000 threshold required to force a vote. A date still must be set.