Dutch campaigner wins Traesko Prize


Dutch left Euro-MP Kartika Liotard has been awarded the "Traeskoprisen", the prize given by the broad-based Danish People's Movement against the EU. to the international political figure who most clearly "has both feet on the ground." The prize is awarded in recognition of the SP's campaign against the European constitution. Fittingly enough for a Dutchwoman, the prize consists of two rather handsome clogs.

Ms Liotard went to Copenhagen at the weekend to collect her prize, which consists of a pair of clogs, during an international conference hosted by the People's Movement.

Previous winners of the Traesko prize include Commission official and whistle-blower Bernard Connolly, former Norwegian government minister Anne Enger Lahnstein, Swedish ex-MP Birgitta Hambraues and the writer Astrid Lindgren.

At the People's Movement conference guests from several European countries could be seen enthusiastically waving Dutch and French tricolours. As Ms Liotard said, “These two countries represent a little of the hope which people feel who do not want to see the heavy freight train of the European Union hurtling off at a speed and in a direction which most Europeans have had their fill of. And this conference makes it clear also that this is not about an 'anti-Europe' standpoint, because in the time that I've been here I've spoken with representatives from virtually every European country, whether inside or outside the Union – and European cooperation is a priority. Cooperation yes, federalism no, that is perhaps the clearest summary of what I've heard.”