The lower house of Dutch parliament mostly approves of the agreements the Euro-countries reached on debt relief for Greece, NU.nl reports after talking to the parliamentary parties.
Eurogroup President and Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem is an insignificant "puppet" hanging on the strings of German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, according to former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis
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.
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.
The D66 wants the Netherlands to send humanitarian aid, in the form of medicines and money, to Greece if the chaos in the country continues for another week.
More than 61 percent of Greek voters voted "no" to the European lenders' proposals in the referendum on Sunday. Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Dutch Minister of Finance and current Eurogroup president, called the result "extremely regrettable".
Greek Finance mInister Yanis Varoufakis' statements that an agreement between Greece and the other euro countries is in the offing, is "completely untrue", according to to Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem
The vast majority of Dutch people think that Greece should stop complaining and accept the latest proposal by the European Union countries and the Intentional Monetary Fund on their debt problem.
The Amsterdam stock exchange opened the AEX significantly lower on Monday morning due to the escalation of the Greek financial crisis.
The Eurogroup did not manage to reach an agreement with Greece on the last part of the current lending program which expires at the end of this month. The Greek government has broken off the negotiations. Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher calls the situation "extremely troublesome".
Dutch banks are ready for the expected financial turmoil in Greece this week. The country announced that banks would be closed on Monday to introduce capital controls, news agency Reuters reports.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is warning travelers to be extra careful when planning a stay in Greece due to the financial unrest in the country. Travelers should also stay up to date to changes in the situation.
Hundreds of protesters gathered on Dam Square in Amsterdam on Sunday to express their solidarity with Greece. The European Union will hold an emergency summit on the so-called Grexit on Monday. Greece submitted a final proposal, which Jean-Claude Juncker, chairman of the European Commission, called a "good basis" for the summit, NRC reports.
The Greek Tourist Board criticized the Dutch travel agent association ANVR after advising tourists headed for Greece to take extra cash with them. The recommendation was made in case Greek banks are no longer able to replenish ATMs, either because of a national bankruptcy or because of a bank run.
Tourists heading to Greece should stop at an ATM before travelling to their destination, in case Greek cash machines go empty. As the country's financial problems mount, visitors to the country should prepare for troubles withdrawing money from ATMs, warns travel agents association ANVR.
Finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem told reporters before the Eurozone finance ministers meeting in Riga that reaching a deal with Greece is unlikely today. When asked about the prospect of reaching a deal soon, he replied “April is not over yet,” reports The Guardian.
It is still possible that Greece will exit the euro zone (the so called Grexit), Frans Timmermans, the Vice President of the European Commission, said on the television program Buitnhof yesterday. He also called the threat made by the Greek minister of defense to open up the borders for ISIS-combatants if Europe does not give Greece favorable conditions "insane and outrageous", NU reports.
Euro Group President and Minister of Finance Jeroen Dijsselbloem is dissatisfied with the "poker game" Greece has been playing with the other 18 Euro countries regarding their debts these past few weeks.
Greek Prime Minister Tsipras and Euro-group Chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem have reached a "reasonable compromise" on a study in preparation for the meeting on Monday, the Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said in an interview with Niewsuur.
The extra Euro-group meeting about the issue with Greece last night did not achieve anything. Further talks have been pushed back until Monday. In two weeks the Greeks will have no money, and the other 18 Euro Ministers will only agree to help them further if the Greeks accept the conditions attached.
Yesterday the coalition parties seemed to have a different approach to the Greek issue. The PvdA is was willing to listen to Greece's alternative plans, while the VVD decided to take a harsher stance
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said it would be very strange if Greece chose to exit the eurozone, and dropped their policy measures meant to get the country’s finances in shape. Calling the proposition “bizarre,” he refused to speculate on a possible Grexit, saying only, “I assume that is not going to happen.”