A agreement must be reached between the European Union and Greece on the country's debt problem within two weeks, Eurogroup president and Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem said
D66 leader Alexander Pechtold completely agrees with European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker's sentiment that there is not enough cooperation in the European Union. According to him Europe moves "too slow, too little, with too small steps" in solving issues like the refugee crisis and the Greek debt crisis.
Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis called Dutch Finance Minister and Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem not only a liar, but also an "intellectual lightweight" in a recent interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais.
The VVD will reserve judgement on the new about 80 billion euro aid package to Greece until the real bargaining agreement has been reached.
A majority in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, wants the Dutch government to give a response to the International Monetary Fund's memo that states that Greece will need much more help than assumed. They want this response before the parliamentary debate on Greece with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem of Finance on Friday afternoon.
Tour operator Hellas Travel has decided to cancel all its scheduled flights from Groningen Airport Eelde to Greece. According to the company, the economic situation in Greece has resulted in too few bookings and the weekly flight to the country is no longer feasible.
Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem of Finance was reelected as Eurogroup chairman on Monday afternoon, beating his only opponent Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos
Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Dutch Finance Minister and Eurogroup chairman, calls the new austerity proposals the Greek government handed in on Thursday "a comprehensive piece of text" that has to be closely examined to determine its quality
Prime Minister Mark Rutte expects that there may be major problems with Greece, but he is still hoping for a miracle. "The time has ticked away completely. The Greek government is playing for high stakes with the interests of its own people." the Prime Minister said on Tuesday after a special European Union Summit on the Greek debt crisis in Brussels, the Telegraaf reports.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte is not very optimistic about the European Union summit on the Greek debt crisis on Tuesday. During a parliamentary debate on the matter on Monday, the Prime Minister said that he does not want to hear any "rubbish stories" from the Greeks.