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'Frugal' EU nations push back vs French-German recovery plan

The Netherlands has always taken a tough stance on economic aid for struggling southern European nations and the coronavirus pandemic does not appear to have changed that.

Without going into detail, Rutte said the proposal by the nations dubbed by some the Frugal Four would likely include tough conditions for loans.

"If you want help, you have to make far-reaching reforms so that you can look after yourself next time," Rutte told reporters. "Otherwise I can't explain it to the Netherlands that we want to help."

Mark Rutte: The Netherlands and Italy have an excellent relationship

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Wed May 20th, 2020 at 04:32:27 PM EST
Rutte and his Finance minister could afford to be vocal while Germany was covering for all the smaller "frugals". Now that this particular tide is receding in Berlin, one can see who's been swimming naked.
by Bernard on Wed May 20th, 2020 at 06:11:50 PM EST
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The cover of a Dutch weekly magazine:

by Bernard on Sat May 30th, 2020 at 02:07:25 PM EST
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