Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
I have to dispute the vilification of Rutte. While I am not a huge fan of his economic policies, what Rutte said was wildly misrepresented in the Irish Times for one. While my Dutch is not perfect, I listened to his speech on the day and I was stunned at the reaction in the Irish press. It bore no relationship to the speech I heard. Rutte was calm measured and reassuring. Instead of this herd immunity canard, he said that there was three options, and that the Dutch approach was to maximally control it so that the hospitals could cope, and that eventually herd immunity would come (my understanding was this is exactly the flattening the curve.

Please read his speech. You can find impartial coverage in dutchnews.nl in English. https:/www.dutchnews.nl/news/2020/03/mps-back-ministers-on-coronavirus-herd-immunity-is-not-the-aim -says-rutte

by piobar on Sun Mar 22nd, 2020 at 12:39:24 AM EST
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