Referendum on EU membership and the Netherlands?
The current government of 2010 is led by the office of Mark Rute on the right-liberal "People's Party for Freedom and Democracy."
On 1 June 2005 the Dutch electorate voted in a referendum against the proposed constitution of the European Union with a majority of 61.6 percent, three days after the French had also voted against.
Dutch policies on the use of recreational drugs, prostitution, gay marriage and euthanasia are among the most liberal in the world.
The controversial statement came from the leader of the Labour Party in the Netherlands Diederik Samson coalition partner the Liberal, who mentioned the possibility of holding a referendum on leaving the EU.
With the debate about austerity measures, and differences were revealed with the Liberals of Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
"If the question is direct - in or outside the EU, the majority, even socialists, would vote to remain in the block," said Samson, who is known for his pro-European views.
The words of the leader of the Labour Party caused dismay in the ranks of his coalition partners - the Liberals, whose leaders immediately ruled out a referendum and recall that the Dutch rejected the European Constitution in June 2005.