Fri Sep 17th, 2021 at 09:56:21 AM EST
Highly Unlikely ...
PM Mark Rutte travels to London today to visit his friend and Conservative colleague Boris Johnson ... it's about Afghanistan he says. 🤥 Hard to believe as his caretaker Cabinet was shaken by vote of censure in Dutch lower house yesterday affecting both the FM Kaag (D66) and Defense minister Bijleveld (CDA). Both are leading politicians of parties still supporting the caretaker government. Sigrid Kaag resigned to work full time as MP and key player in the formation talks ongoing for six months after the election.
He lost two key figures of his cabinet due to failures on withdrawal from Kabul and leaving interpreters with family and human rights workers behind. Handling of visa and papers were in chaos as staff had left with the first evacuation flight. Rutte has no soul of decency and serves his party's populist agenda on immigration and with priority less taxation for multinationals. Problems are not solved ... where is our Dutch leader? His heart is in corporate welfare, not the hard working people of main street Rotterdam or Groningen.
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In this time of crisis Mark Rutte finds time to travel outside the EU-27 to discuss "Afghanistan" .... Again??
LONDON, Sept 3 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday agreed to work with his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte on re-establishing an international diplomatic presence in Afghanistan as soon as the political and security environment allowed, Johnson's office said.
The second dossier Rutte wants to discuss in Downing Street 10 is sustainability and climate change, he says. 🤥
Highly unlikely! On both counts the Dutch are far behind and court orders the government to meet the criteria set forth by the European Commission in Brussels.
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In my analysis these will not be on the table in talks with Johnson today. As FM Sigrid Kaag resigned yesterday, Rutte has free reign to cover foreign policy and speak of commitments in full secrecy.
Amazon to buy power from Shell and Eneco's subsidy-free Dutch offshore wind farm
Opposition to data centers that massively buy up Dutch green electricity is increasing in the Netherlands. "As if Microsoft is ruling the country."
Dutch court is right place to challenge Shell over emissions, say activists
AMSTERDAM, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Environmentalists seeking to drive down emissions produced by energy giant Royal Dutch Shell told a Dutch court on Thursday the Netherlands was the right place to hear their case.
Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and five other groups are demanding that Shell drastically cut emissions of greenhouse gases in a lawsuit filed in 2019 in the Netherlands, where the company has its headquarters.
Lawyers for the company, which has subsidiaries around the world, said any damage caused by any emissions should be judged in countries where those emissions took place.
"Decisions made in the Netherlands determine Shell's investments and divestments and shape the company's energy portfolio," the lawyer representing the environmental groups, Roger Cox, told the district court in The Hague.
Dutch court rules oil giant Shell must cut carbon emissions by 45% by 2030 in landmark case | CNBC - May 26, 2021 |
Who is Dutch lawyer who dared to file lawsuit against the State and multinational Royal Shell?
Time most influential 100 - Roger Cox | By Al Gore |
May 26, 2021, may go down in history as a turning point toward accountability for the fossil-fuel industry and its central role in creating the climate crisis that threatens our way of life.
That day, while American companies ExxonMobil and Chevron faced unprecedented rebukes from their own shareholders, in the Netherlands, attorney Roger Cox helped set an even more significant precedent: winning a David vs. Goliath legal battle against Royal Dutch Shell that requires it to reduce its emissions 45% by 2030.
The Dutch court's ruling sent shock waves through corporate boardrooms around the world, marking the first time a company has been held legally accountable to the Paris Agreement. Acting on behalf of more than 17,000 Dutch citizens, Cox's innovative approach drew upon the latest climate science, breaking important ground that could compel businesses around the globe to act ambitiously to safeguard the well-being of future generations.
Biden's climate summit brings some ambition boost but no true U.S. climate leadership
The new alliance Aukus will not offer leadership on Sustainability or Climate Change. It's a further bid on military spending, not promoting democratic principles, but rather a hard reality of preserving the American Empire for influence in the Indo-Pacific.
Mark Rutte would love to hold onto his seat of power as both antagonists Macron in France and Merkel's CDU/CSU in Germany are facing fresh elections. There is no love lost here, nor with the Mediterranean countries especially Greece and Italy. Rutte sought alliance with Nordic states. Unlucky for Rutte, these have just turned to the centrum left. Progressive left and socialist agenda is poison to the VVD party in The Netherlands.
Cabinet formation talks break down: Right wing won't work with left represented by Labour and Greens | NL Times - Aug. 31, 2021 |
The last time Mark Rutte acted on behalf of a Dutch multinational, it moved its corporate HQ from Rotterdam to London: Unilever.
Unilever is now formally a British company
Most likely the Anglo-Dutch high level talks will be about the benefits of Brexit on relaxation of regulations, free market, corporate taxation and the escape from the European Court of Justice and Human Rights. Most likely Mark Rutte will express support for Aukus and would appreciate a little adjustment to Naukus.
The big lie in the secret agenda of talks will be Indo-Pacific security and China.
Aukus: is an arms race with China the price of 'Global Britain'?
If the strategy of nuclear deterrence bears so many risks, why is the UK involved in AUKUS? After all, the US has the ability to provide Australia with all the technology and logistic support in needs to develop nuclear-powered submarines. Yet, according to recent news reports, the UK took the lead in making this partnership a reality, despite the fact that it will contribute much less than the US.
Post-Brexit Britain is keen to reestablish itself as a global player. It is also looking to improve its relationship with the US which has been strained by the hasty withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan last month.
AUKUS is an opportunity for the UK government to convince the world, and its electorate, that Britain does not need the EU, and that "Global Britain" can be a key player on the international stage.
GB taking the lead ... makes the sacking of Dominic Raab in favor of Liz Truss that more ... ehh ... rewarding. 😉
How think tanks can be fooled and an article is fit for the scrap bin ...
The Hollowness of Global Britain | Carnegie Europe - Aug. 31, 2021 |
Illusions about the UK's special relationship with the United States and a supposedly painless Brexit have been shed. The inability of Boris Johnson's government to face up to that makes it impossible to define a new role for Britain in the world.
Nobody with the slightest humanity could equate the horrific events in Kabul with McDonalds running out of milkshakes. Yet in recent UK news broadcasts, stories of mildly inconvenient food shortages at home have vied for viewers' attention with the desperate plight of families 4,000 miles away.
In their very different ways, both stories give fresh urgency to an old question, now that Washington has turned its back on London, and London has turned its back on Brussels: what should be Britain's place in the world?
The Dutch are quite familiar with trade in the Far East through their colonial past, governing the vast island continent of Indonesia. The Dutch managed to open trade with Imperial Japan ahead of its many European competitors. Rutte and the Dutch don't want to miss out on this market and opportunity offered by Aukus and join Global Britain where he can.
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So many occasions to support Trump of the US, Boris Johnson of the UK ... Conservative PM Mark Rutte lets Dutch Navy join Global Britain in action advancing on disputed waters in the South China Sea ... wtf.
HMS Defender MS Evertsen #WeAreNato sailing for Crimea