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Suriname issues protest note over Dutch minister's 'failed state' comment

PARAMARIBO (Reuters) - Suriname issued a protest note to the Netherlands on Thursday after the Dutch foreign minister said the South American nation was a “failed state” because of its ethnic diversity.<p>FILE PHOTO: Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok attends a meeting with Egypt's Foreign Minister …

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These Aerial Photos Show The Destruction Left In Hurricane Irma's Wake

Hurricane Irma — one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record — left a trail of devastation in its wake as it tore through the Caribbean, …


The Groundhog Ophef Edition – Week 28

With the summer break looming, we decided to pick out our favourite examples of ‘ophef’ – those tornados of outrage that blow up on social media only …


Juncker struggles before gala, leaders step in to help

BRUSSELS (AP) — If the NATO summit was tough on the dozens of leaders attending, it appears to have been even tougher on European Commission …


Rutte pledges more cash for defence

Mark Rutte said that the Netherlands should spend more money on defence, at the start of a NATO meeting in Brussels.<p>By 2024, NATO allies should spend …


Joint Statement from President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Mark Rutte

President Donald J. Trump welcomed Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands to the White House yesterday. Both leaders note the relationship …

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Watch Dutch PM Laugh in drumpf's Face, Say No! to His Ignorant Statements on Trade.

Dutch Prime Minister and imminently sane person Mark Rutte couldn’t help but laugh in drumpf’s face and exclaim No! yesterday as the Halloween Hued …

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Press release: PM meeting with Prime Minister Mark Rutte: 3 July 2018

A Downing Street Spokesperson said:This afternoon, the Prime Minister met Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands for a working lunch at the …


Rutte urges ‘clarity’ from May with nine months to go to Brexit

Mark Rutte has urged his British counterpart Theresa May to provide more clarity on Brexit with less than nine months...


Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte Tells Off Trump Right To His Face

"No!"<p>A routine White House photo-op took an unusual turn on Monday when Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte interrupted President Donald Trump and then contradicted him on tariffs and trade.<p>The Trump administration in May announced tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the …

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Mark Rutte interjects as Donald Trump talks EU trade deal

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte interrupts Donald Trump with 'No' when the US president says failing to reach an EU trade deal would be a good thing.

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Trump: WTO needs to change ways or US will do 'something'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is warning the World Trade Organization that if the United States isn't treated "properly, we will be doing something."<p>Trump is again denying plans to withdraw the U.S. from the WTO but tells reporters in the Oval Office that the trade organization needs to …


Trump says new Mexican president may help U.S. with border issue

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he had spoken to Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador about border security and believed the new Mexican leader would help the United States with its border issue.<p>Trump, speaking to reporters during a meeting with …

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Trump: I've interviewed 4 potential justices

While meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in the Oval Office, President Donald Trump said that he has interviewed four potential Supreme Court justice nominees.

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Watch live: Sarah Sanders gives daily press briefing

July 2 (UPI) -- White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was scheduled to give an on-camera press briefing on Monday afternoon.<p>The briefing was set …

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'That's the big one': Donald Trump threatens auto tariffs

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Forget cherry picking and security — focus on fixing Irish border, EU tells May

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Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte says EU migration deal is ‘big step forward’

European leaders have reached an agreement on dealing with the flow of African migrants after a marathon 10 hour meeting...


Dutch PM Rutte to visit Trump, discuss NATO, on July 2: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will visit the White House on July 2 and discuss security goals within NATO, trade and other issues with U.S. President Donald Trump, the White House said in a statement on Monday.

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Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands

President Donald J. Trump will welcome Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands to the White House on July 2, 2018. President Trump looks forward …

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The Balls, Bans and Bangs Edition – Week 24

The podcast team looks back at a week in which the government decided that burqas were a bigger threat to society than stray fireworks, a school in …


Holland's PM Mark Rutte says voters in other countries won't vote to leave the EU because it will hit them in the pocket

HOLLAND’S prime minister has said voters in other countries don’t want to leave the EU because they see Brexit hitting Brits in the pocket.<p>Mark Rutte …


Dutch PM Rutte urges EU to cut CO2 emissions by more

STRASBOURG (Reuters) - Europe needs to reduce its carbon emissions by more than currently planned to limit global warming as agreed under the Paris climate agreement, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told the European Parliament on Wednesday.<p>The European Union aims to reduce carbon emissions, which …

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Brief from Brussels: What came out of Strasbourg plenary?

In this edition of the Brief from Brussels: our round-up from Strasbourg plenary session, where Dutch PM Mark Rutte presented his vision for Europe and a new defence fund was laid out; and we take a look around a photo exhibition in Brussels, aiming to highlight the importance of media freedom.


The Did You Spill My Coffee Edition – Week 23

This week’s podcast asks if Amsterdam can hold back the rampant spread of tourism in the age of Airbnb and stag weekends. We also look back at a week …


UPDATE 1-Possible to reduce Groningen gas output faster -Dutch minister

(Adds more detail on government plans)<p>AMSTERDAM, June 7 (Reuters) - Production at the Groningen natural gas field could be reduced to less than 12 billion cubic metres (bcm) per year by October 2020, faster than planned, the Dutch economic affairs minister said in a letter to parliament on Thursday.<p>…


After mopping up spilled coffee, Dutch leader Mark Rutte becomes a symbol of etiquette

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte was walking into the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport building in The Hague on Monday when he dropped coffee. In a bid to clean up his mess, the head of a major European government reached for a mop — and started swiping at the spill.<p>As they saw what he was …

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Even PM Modi would’ve been proud of Dutch PM Mark Rutte’s coffee spill at Parliament, here’s how

If you haven’t seen a Prime Minister with a mop in his hands and cleaning his own spilled clutter in Parliament, then you haven’t met the Prime …


Dutch PM cleans up his spilled coffee to the cheers of cleaning staff

Mark Rutte, who has led the Netherlands since 2010, took a hands-on approach to sopping up his mess as the building's tickled cleaning crew cheered …


Watch Dutch PM Mark Rutte's 'Swachh Netherlands' moment

The coffee spill happened just in front of a row of turnstiles, and staff members at the Netherlands parliament stood by as it disappeared without a …