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EU leaders struggle to save deadlocked Covid-19 recovery summit | France24 |

Tempers flared in the conference room as frustration boiled over after a full weekend of haggling, with French President Emmanuel Macron upbraiding the Dutch and Austrian leaders and threatening a walkout.

EU leaders in bitter clash over Covid-19 recovery package | The Guardian |

The Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, has insisted he cannot be expected to take on extra national debt in order for the EU to make cash payments to member states without his parliament having a say.

In response, Orbán, the nationalist prime minister of Hungary, who was an anti-communist dissident in his youth, accused Rutte of aping Soviet methods to crush dissent by failing to properly set out the terms on which funds would be blocked.

What a bs from Mark Rutte ... Dutch parliament and a referendum voted down EU expansion into the Ukraine ... Rutte circumvented the clear result ...

by Oui on Mon Jul 20th, 2020 at 04:02:28 AM EST

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