The Dutch EU Presidency: A bridge over troubled water

Halfway through the Presidency, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte revealed his thoughts on what still needs to be done by the end of his term at the helm of the European Council. Rutte spoke at a pre- EU Summit Briefing hosted by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and the ALDE Party. He chose to focus on his presidency’s main priority, the single market, but during the discussion it again became evident how overshadowing Brexit and the Refugee Crisis are for his Presidency. Not a single question was asked on the completion of the single market, even though the Prime Minister maintained an ambitious schedule for it. So far the Dutch Presidency has proved to act, in the words of the musician Paul Simon, as a bridge over troubled water. Continue reading

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte “cautiously optimistic” before EU Summit

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Source: ALDE Party

March 17 and 18: European leaders and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu are meeting in Brussels to confer about a new deal on an ambitious resettlement program to tackle illegal migration into the EU. In an interview with FNF Europe, Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, assesses the chances of such an agreement and outlines how the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the EU will help Europe meet its current challenges.

 

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“Lasst uns an die Arbeit gehen!”

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Premierminister Mark Rutte                                                                          Source: flickr.com/photos/european_parliament

Mit einem ebenso entschlossenen wie pragmatischen „There is a job to be done, let’s get to work“ beschloss Premier Mark Rutte die Vorstellung der Prioritäten der niederländischen Ratspräsidentschaft vor dem Europäischen Parlament. Die Niederlande übernehmen die Ratspräsidentschaft in stürmischen Zeiten für die Europäischen Union: die Bewältigung der Flüchtlingskrise, die Schließung von Grenzen, eine neue europaskeptische Regierung in Polen und das bevorstehende Referendum über den Verbleib Großbritanniens in der Union sind nur einige der Herausforderungen, die Mark Rutte und seine Regierung in Angriff nehmen müssen. Continue reading