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Dutch drama over Greek crisis

Pardijs, Dina, (2015), “Dutch drama over Greek crisis”, European Council on Foreign Relations, 24 Αυγούστου

The Greek crisis may have claimed an unexpected new victim: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. In a five hour debate last week on the Dutch support for the latest bailout for Greece, the leader of the largest government party VVD was attacked by members of parties from across the political spectrum.The man who is often called the ‘tefal-premier’ for his ability to sail through debates unscathed seemed visibly unsettled. Since the position of the main parties was clear before the debate, support for the Greeks was never in real danger. Interesting is what the various U-turns and reverse U-turns of Dutch politicians indicate about the effect of the Greek crisis on one of the founding countries of the EU.

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