The Dutch are
important in the EU, and for the EU. Besides being a founding (Benelux) country, they've also had major contributions in shaping the structures and modus operandi of the whole thing. Unfortunately however, what's happening at the minute is that economic power and market size is becoming a more important factor in shaping policies. For example, regional economies such as Ireland, Portugal and Greece (all with populations c. 10 million) are net importers of goods, thus rely on bigger economies, or had so far, to fund their trade deficits and budget deficits. Countries such as Holland are net exporters of goods, which is why the EU made sense, because a) it provided a huge market b) it alleviated political tensions which plagued Europe between 1912-1945. However, large-market countries (Poland etc.), now being net-absorbers of 'western' country products, are demanding greater say, whilst older members, now weakened by financial crisis (and their own internal corruption, like Greece), are becoming weaker in terms of influence and say.
All in all, very interesting. Because you have a viral rise in nationalism (a phenomenon the EU was supposed to mitigate), and what is in effect a re-nationalization (doubts over the Schengen agreement etc.), all creating a very different atmosphere to the 1990s when there was an all-out drive to form a large common market.
Anyway, I'll shut up now, could harp on for hours, this is a a tennis forum
Sending you a huge kiss xxx
PS. You have the most adorable rabbit ever...