RaboResearch - Economic Research

August 8, 2017

The British referendum on membership of the European Union has also rekindled the debate in The Netherlands about EU membership, and hence the questions about the EU and the advantages and disadvantages of the Dutch membership.

Our economy is deeply intertwined with that of the EU. Whether it performs poorly or well, Europe affects us all. Entrepreneurs first, especially those operating internationally, but ultimately also the citizens. For that reason, Rabobank plans to regularly feed the debate on Europe with facts and analyses. Here you can find our publications about the advantages and disadvantages of the EU and about the future of the EU.

The advantages and disadvantages of the EU

The Dutch agriculture and horticulture industry has a strong interest in the EU - November 14, 2016
In this publication we focus on the impact of The Netherlands leaving the EU (Nexit) on the Dutch agriculture and horticulture industry. Question at the end: will the Dutch agriculture and horticulture industry remain to receive the more than EUR 800 million income support in case of a Nexit?

The future of the EU

The uncertain future of European integration - February 9, 2017
European integration involves more than simply financial and economic integration. The original purpose of the European cooperation was above all political, and not economic. Nonetheless, the fact that economic considerations are not at the forefront does not mean that they can be ignored without painful consequences. Certainly now, when the European cooperation is up for debate, it is important to carefully weigh all the economic benefits and disadvantages that membership of the European Union entails. Because there is a lot at stake.

Is The Netherlands nex(i)t? – December 2, 2016
All eyes are on the Netherlands next March during the parliamentary elections. Could it be the next country to experience a populist upheaval? And could the election results even lead to a ‘Nexit’?

EU exit contagion risk – November 4, 2016
In this Special we focus on political exit contagion risk of ‘Brexit’ to other EU countries. We look at the current political landscape in the EU and the rising trend of Euroscepticism.