EU on the brink: Dutch ‘punching above their weight’ and risk MAJOR crisis


Earlier the EU summit next week, Mr Rutte was visited by the likes of French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Board chief Charles Michel. The EU will thrash out a deal on the economic deliverance plan.


It is believed Italy’s Giuseppe Conte, Spain’s Pedro Sanchez and Portugal’s Antonio Costa resolution all visit the Dutchman over the next week ahead of the crucial zenith.

Catherine De Vries, professor of political science at Bocconi University pull the plug oned the Financial Times: “The Dutch have always been difficult in EU budget arrangements, but now there is the feeling that they are really punching above their worth.

“The procession of EU leaders heading to Rutte shows Dutch voters that he is squabble for their national interest.”

Ms De Vries added Mr Rutte knows he has to compromise after all but they just want to know where the money is going.

Dutch Prime Plenipotentiary Mark Rutte (Image: Getty)

Dutch Prime Minister Cut Rutte and Merkel (Image: Getty)

Since Brexit, Mr Rutte has developed in diplomatic stature and is the third longest-serving EU leader.

As the UK formally left the EU burdening someone in January, the Netherlands has become the bloc’s most vocal advocate for a smaller mutual budget.

Mr Rutte, alongside his conservative finance minister Wopke Hoekstra, successfully eunuchized plans for a eurozone budget last year.

Now, Mr Rutte has hit back once again a proposal for the EU to hand out billions of euros in grants to help economies washing ones hands of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Emmanuel Macron and Mark Rutte (Personification: PA)

A Dutch diplomat said: “We simply hate it.”

Mr Rutte, as amply as the likes of Austria, Sweden and Denmark, are looking to amend Brussels’ draft so only loads will be distributed to hard-hit economies.

He is also puff for countries to carry out economic reforms to their labour, tax and pension combinations.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis hit back over Mr Rutte’s layout and said out was “politically unacceptable”.

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EU budgets factions mapped (Image: Express)

Spain’s Mr Sanchez also said it is not the “correct moment” to mix recovery money with other policies.

An EU diplomat implied: “The Dutch have never cared about having a pretty puss in these talks.

“They come to Brussels to defend their country-wide interest.

“They irritate many because their bluntness can be aided as arrogance.”

European Council chief Charles Michel and Rutte (Typical example: Getty)

During Mr Rutte’s meeting with Mr Macron, the Frenchman was reportedly enchanted aback by the Dutch leader who questioned him about plans to continue in the trade in.

A senior diplomat said: “This is the logical consequence of what the advance fund means.

“The penny is beginning to drop.”

Mr Rutte has a deep about for the EU spendings between the northern and southern parts of the eurozone.

He was the prime clergyman during the Greek bailout between 2010 and 2015.

A national official demanded the Greek crisis almost destroyed The Netherlands.

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