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Which role for the Benelux post-Brexit?

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The imminent departure of the UK and its multifarious consequences on the EU-27 have triggered substantial debate about the future of the European Union. In this context, the Netherlands are seeking to build coalitions amongst various small member states in the hopes of developing greater clout in EU policy discussions. This article explores to what extent the Benelux – the eldest and most institutionalised framework for cooperation amongst these three founding member states – can provide added value in today’s evolving European political landscape. It is published as part of a special issue of the Clingendael Spectator (Vol. 72 No. 3) about the new quest for European coalitions.

This article was first published in Clingendael Spectator (jaargang 72 nummer 3). Read the full text here.

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