About: Mark Rutte

EU Elections 2019 07-09-2018

France, Benelux to propose EU aid for Africa in return for migrant help

France and the three Benelux countries on Thursday (6 September) launched a plan to offer EU funds to African countries in return for help stemming the flow of migrants to Europe.
Freedom of thought 31-08-2018

Geert Wilders wins, Muslims lose in latest Prophet Mohammed cartoon furore

Geert Wilders is back in the headlines, thanks to a controversial Prophet Mohammed cartoon competition, which has caused a furore in Pakistan. But the race for Europe's toughest anti-Muslim politician has several other contestants, writes Shada Islam.
Enlargement 22-06-2018

Netherlands to veto the opening of accession negotiations with Albania

The Dutch parliament blocked on Thursday (21 June) the opening of EU accession negotiations with Albania. The EU summit will decide on 28-29 June whether to open negotiations with Macedonia and Albania.
Economy & Jobs 20-06-2018

Macron wins Merkel’s backing on budget for eurozone

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday (19 June) won German Chancellor Angela Merkel's backing for reforms that are aimed at bolstering the eurozone against crises, including a vaunted budget for the bloc.
Economy & Jobs 13-06-2018

Rutte rejects Commission’s new funds for monetary union

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Wednesday (13 June) the EU should use the tools that are already available to support reforms and protect the euro, in his latest criticism of proposals to deepen the bloc's integration.
Global Europe 25-05-2018

Pressure builds on Russia under MH17 investigation

Dutch prosecutors identified a Russian military unit on Thursday (24 May) as the source of the missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, killing all 298 people on board.
Global Europe 23-04-2018

Erdogan: Austria will ‘pay a price’ for banning Turkish campaigning

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Saturday (21 April) criticised Austria for planning to ban any possible campaigning for the June elections, saying that countries attempting to undermine his country's democratic struggle would "pay a price".

Rutte pours cold water on Bulgaria’s Schengen and Eurozone dreams

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte poured cold water on Bulgaria’s ambition to unlock its stalled bid to join the EU border-free Schengen area on Tuesday (6 February) and said the country also needed more work to meet the criteria for joining the Eurozone.
Future EU 26-01-2018

Inspired by Europe’s comeback, EU leaders promise to ‘deliver’

The World Economic Forum missed European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday (24 January), but presidents, prime ministers, and ministers from all EU countries were there to send the message that Europe is back.
Economy & Jobs 15-12-2017

Macron convinces Merkel to hold key debate on future of euro in March

Amid the political paralysis in Germany, EU leaders decided on Friday (15 December) to postpone for March a “strategic political discussion” on the future of the eurozone and adopt a 'reform roadmap' in June.
Future EU 24-10-2017

Going Dutch: Why Germany needs others besides France

The Franco-German engine gets all the media attention, but it is Dutch-German cooperation that has done the important work in recent years. France and Germany can do a lot together, but Germany and France should remember that Berlin has - and needs - other options, writes Christel Arlette Zunneberg.
Elections 31-05-2017

Dutch senators approve compromise on EU-Ukraine pact

Dutch senators backed a hard-won compromise yesterday (30 May) to ratify an amended EU-Ukraine deal, clearing one of the final hurdles for approval of the deal to help nudge Kyiv closer to the West.
Brexit 24-04-2017

Barcelona pulls out the stops for EU medicines agency

Barcelona's mayor and Spain's health minister have agreed to work together to bring the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to the Catalan capital. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Brexit 21-04-2017

Amsterdam backs a ‘transparent and objective’ relocation of EU drugs agency

The Netherlands announced on Thursday (20 April) Amsterdam's candidacy for hosting the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which is currently based in London.
Enlargement 24-03-2017

Who provokes, who rules, who benefits?

Turkey, or let us say the Turkish president and the government, continues losing prestige in the West with his aggressive and provocative approach. Zakir Gul asks, is Erdoğan paving the way for a one-man-rule presidency with the upcoming constitutional referendum in Turkey?
Economic governance 17-03-2017

Dutch vote throws Eurogroup leadership into doubt

Jeroen Dijsselbloem could well lose his role as chair of the EU body coordinating eurozone policy after his party was routed in the Dutch election. But there is a chance he could retain his position even if he is no longer finance minister in a new coalition.
Elections 16-03-2017

Dutch election offers huge relief for other EU governments

Exit polls showing Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD) far ahead of Geert Wilders and his Freedom Party (PVV) were greeted with relief in Brussels yesterday night (15 March), amid fears of a surge in populism in Europe, with elections in France and Germany still to come in 2017.
Elections 15-03-2017

Dutch vote in key elections as far-right slips

Millions of Dutch voters go to the polls Wednesday (14 March) in key elections overshadowed by a blazing diplomatic row with Turkey, with all eyes on the fate of far-right MP Geert Wilders.
Elections 14-03-2017

Dutch leaders clash in tense elections debate

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte clashed with his main rival anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders on Monday (13 March), as they laid out starkly opposing visions of their country's future in an election campaign now consumed by a diplomatic row with Turkey.
Enlargement 13-03-2017

Erdogan pledges to punish ‘Nazi remnant’ Netherlands ‘in harshest way’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called the Netherlands a 'Nazi remnant' and said the country should face sanctions for barring Turkish ministers from speaking in Rotterdam, fuelling a row over Ankara's political campaigning abroad.
Elections 08-03-2017

Dutch gear up for crunch election as far-right eyes victory

Dutch voters go to the polls next week in pivotal elections with the Liberal party, at the helm of the ruling coalition, seeking to fend off a strong challenge from the far-right.
Global Europe 03-03-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Going Dutch – The Geert Wilders conundrum

Don’t let the numbers fool you. Following several months of predictions that the Dutch Freedom Party (PVV) would win the 15 March elections, Prime Minister Mark Rutte's conservative VVD party this week pulled ahead, by less than 1% of the vote.
Elections 15-02-2017

Anti-Islam Wilders frontrunner as Dutch election campaign begins

Campaigning for the Dutch election kicks off today (15 February) with anti-Islam leader Geert Wilders frontrunner in a vote that will test the anti-establishment sentiment that swept Britain out of the European Union and Donald Trump into the White House.
Geert Wilders
Elections 13-02-2017

Wilders says others will soon forget pledge not to work with him

Anti-Islam Dutch politician Geert Wilders said on Sunday (12 February) that promises by other parties not to work with him would be quickly forgotten if, as expected, his far-right Party of Freedom gets more than 30 parliamentary seats in next month's election.