German Chancellor Angela Merkel described Prime Minister Mark Rutte's refusal to budge during a summit on the new budget for the European Union last week as "childish behavior". Other EU leaders also criticized the attitude of Rutte and the other frugal countries - Austria, Sweden and Demark. "What arrogance," French president Emmanuel Macron said, the Volkskrant reports.
The Netherlands and Germany want to collaborate more intensively in tackling climate change and the energy transition, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Chancellor Angela Merkel said after meeting at the Catshuis in The Hague on Thursday. There are differences in how the two countries are approaching these issues, and those differences are opportunities to learn from each other, they said, NOS reports.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima expressed their shock about a shooting in Utrecht that left three people killed and five injured on Monday. Their sympathies are with the victims, and their thoughts with the residents of Utrecht, they said in a statement on the Koninklijk Huis website. A number of world leaders also expressed condolences and support.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte says he has no plans to take a position in either the European Union or European Commission, and put an end to his Netherlands political career. Now leading his third cabinet as PM, Rutte has held the top job for over eight years.
"I'm staying. I'm not going to Brussels," he told NPO Radio 1's 10P1.
He said it would be irrelevant for other European leaders to try and persuade him to resign as Prime Minister to sit in a position like European President or European Commission Chairman. Rutte wants to serve the entire duration of the current cabinet.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte wants more clarity from the British government about the course they plan to take now that they're leaving the European Union, he said after his visit with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday.
Coalition talks in Germany between Angela Merkel's CDU, liberal FDP and The Greens reached a deadlock late on Sunday night, tumbling the country into a political crisis. New elections may be held. But according to Minister Halbe Zijlstra of Foreign Affairs, this would be the "worst case scenario", RTL Nieuws reports.
Angela Merkel's Christian democratic party CDU got the most votes in the Bundestag elections. Though the German government parties suffered substantial losses, with right-wing populist party AfD gaining significant ground. Prime Minister Mark Rutte called Merkel to congratulate her, he said on Facebook.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte used the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg this weekend to speak with Russian president Vladimir Putin about the MH17 disaster and the decision to prosecute the perpetrators in the Netherlands under Dutch law, NOS reports.
The United States is pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, president Donald Trump announced in a statement at the White House on Thursday afternoon, local time. The Netherlands deplores this decision, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in response. Our country and the rest of the world remains committed to battling climate change, he stressed. Foreign Affairs Minister Bert Koenders called Trump's decision a "cardinal error", Environment State Secretary Sharon Dijksma called it a "historic mistake".
With reporting by Janene Pieters.
Dutch Queen Maxima joined German Chancellor Angela Merkel, IMF director Christine Lagarde, and "First Daughter" of the United States Ivanka Trump at the Women20 Summit in Berlin on Tuesday afternoon. The group was met with mixed reactions from the audience throughout the 90 minute panel discussion, particularly when many avoided being called a "feminist," something Merkel described as a label that creates a sense of exclusion to men in society.
Not a single country in the European Union, including the Netherlands, congratulated Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his projected win in a referendum in Turkey on Sunday. The projected results show that 51.4 percent of Turks voted 'yes' on a referendum that gives Erdogan more power, including the possibility of ruling Turkey until 2029. But instead of congratulations, a number of EU countries responded with criticism and admonitions, the Volkskrant reports.
With the dust around the Dutch parliamentary elections starting to settle, congratulations are starting to trickle in for Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his VVD's third consecutive election win. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker all expressed their congratulations to Rutte.
Both German president Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet Chief Peter Altmaier hope that Geert Wilders and his PVV will not come out on top in the Dutch parliamentary election tomorrow. According to Altmaier, it will be better for the Netherlands if the PVV is not in its government, BNR reports.
Germany and France expressed their support for the Netherlands in the political spat between the Netherlands and Turkey. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg also called for a de-escalation in the situation. After the Netherlands' parliamentary election on Wednesday, Germany and France also have elections upcoming.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte expressed shock and sadness Monday night in response to the deaths of at least nine people in Germany caused by a truck plowing into a crowd of people. Many of the victims were taking part in that city's annual Christmas market at the Breitscheidplatz when the Poland-registered lorry barreled into the crowd, injuring about 50 people, according to German authorities.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel invited the Netherlands to the G20 summit happening in Hamburg on July 7th and 8th next year. From Thursday Germany is the chairman of the G20 for the next 12 months, NU.nl reports
Prime Minister Mark Rutte called the invitation good news. "We earn a significant portion of our money in international trade. In the G20 the largest economies of the world discus a wide range of toopics that affect financial stability and economic growth. These issues affect Dutch interests directly", he said.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Sunday night. The three had dinner together in the Turkish embassy in Brussels to prepare for the European summit on the refugee crisis scheduled for Monday afternoon, a spokesperson for the Dutch EU Presidency confirmed
Birds of prey in the Netherlands will be trained to hunt down and take out enemy unmanned flying devices, police announced on Sunday. The authorities released video of a successful demonstration from Friday, saying a final decision on continuing the program will be made over the next few months.
PVV leader Geert Wilders released a video message on YouTube calling for all male asylum seekers to be locked up in asylum centers. He wants the asylum centers to be closed institutions for the male asylum seekers so that "our women" can be protected from "testosterone bombs".
German officials made the decision to cancel the football match between Germany and the Netherlands out of an abundance of caution, Thomas de Maizière, Germany’s Interior Minister said in a press conference Tuesday night. The decision was very difficult to make, but he refused to further elaborate on the threat, he added.
Reports of a suspicious package at the football stadium where Germany was to host the Netherlands Tuesday evening led to the football match’s cancellation. "We have had concrete evidence that someone wanted to detonate an explosive device at the stadium," Hannover police chief Volker Kluwe told German newswire Deutschen Presse-Agentur.
Minister Edith Schippers of Sports will be attending the friendly football match between the Netherlands and Germany in Hanover on Tuesday on behalf of the Dutch government. German chancellor Angela Merkel and her entire team of ministers will also be attending the match.
There is a good chance that Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem will be elected for a second term as chairman of the Eurogroup on Monday afternoon. This is according to a survey done by the AD among the 19 members of the group, which found that Dijsselbloem will likely have the most support.
Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem has formally put forward his candidacy for a second term as chairman of the Eurogroup, the group of Eurozone finance ministers. Dijsselbloem previously mentioned he would like to remain in his position and visited several European capitals to garner support for his candidacy.