Sun Jul 19th, 2020 at 12:06:53 PM EST
After Brexit and the election of Boris Johnson, it's Conservative Dutch Prime Minister to do Donald Trump a favor ...
'Frugal four' seek smaller aid package
The size of the recovery package has been the biggest bone of contention as the Netherlands, along with Austria, Denmark, Sweden — the so-called "Frugal Four" — as well as Finland have put their weight behind a smaller fund and smaller portion of grants.
They demanded that any loans or grants should be accompanied by strict conditions to ensure the countries that are under heavy debt carry out labor market reform.
Germany and France have been pushing for an ambitious package of loans and subsidies to member states, and have repeatedly appealed for a compromise.
Hungary's Orban: 'The Dutchman' Is Responsible for EU Summit Disarray
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Sunday that Dutch leader Mark Rutte was responsible for the deadlock at a European Union summit, where leaders were set to haggle for a third day over a vast stimulus plan for their coronavirus-hit economies.
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Frontpaged - Frank Schnittger
"I don't know what is the personal reason for the Dutch prime minister to hate me or Hungary, but he is attacking so harshly," he told reporters in front of the steps of a European history museum in a Brussels park, a short walk from the summit venue.
"I don't like blame games but the Dutchman is the real responsible man for the whole mess... The Dutch prime minister, he is the fighter."
Orban, a right-wing nationalist who has accumulated unprecedented powers since winning election a decade ago, has clashed with the EU's executive and other member states for years over his perceived backsliding from democratic governance.
A group of wealthy and fiscally "frugal" northern states led by the Netherlands has blocked progress at the summit towards agreement on a 750 billion euro fund to revive Europe's economies.
They want strict control over how funds are spent, and there has been a fierce argument over whether money could be withheld from countries that fail to live up to democratic standards.
Yep ... using the human rights argument to bully other nations. Lessons learned from Trump/Pompeo?? Is the EU Treaty insufficient? Winning the deadlock in an economic package due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rutte has an excellent PR management team back home.
Europe's Future Divided Into Vassal States
More background, a diary I was working on when the EU news cycle took over.
More to come ...