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Apparently, the Dutch Parliament has given the country’s Finance Minister Jan Kees de Jager until Friday to outline possible scenarios for how to deal with Greece, including the impact on the Netherlands should the Greek government default on its debt….

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"Politicians, now what?"

This is the front page headline of tomorrow’s Dutch magazine Elsevier.

The subtitle reads, “the best exit strategy is the break-up of the eurozone”.

It seems that people are growing increasingly tired of waiting for an answer to the question and are …

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Bailing out and proud

A small dispute erupted yesterday between the Netherlands and the European Commission. The point of contention was the actual size of the second Greek bailout.According to Elsevier, a spokesman for Dutch PM Mark Rutte claimed that the bailout amounts t…

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A new opinion poll shows that Austrian, anti-immigrant, populist party FPÖ would end up on top if elections were held today, beating both the social democratic SPÖ and conservative ÖVP. There are of course multiple reasons for the party’s rise, but …

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Progress?

UK Chancellor George Osborne yesterday refused to sign off the EU budget for 2009 in a routine vote in Brussels. This was a purely symbolic – but still important – gesture to protest wasteful spending in the EU. A spokesperson for the Treasury said tha…

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