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Theresa May has to come up with more clarity on what she meant with other commitments in her Florence speech. I phoned her last week and tried to encourage her to do that and so far she hasn't.feedback
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We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Mark Rutte is associated, including Netherlands, European Union, and interest. Most recently, Mark Rutte has been quoted saying: “At the same time if there are serious companies that want to have their headquarters in the Netherlands, we'd love to have them.” in the article Dutch government rolls out carpet for business with tax cuts.
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Mar 22 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

We still know very little, but it is certain that people have been injured. Perhaps, it is to be feared, worse. The British can count on our support. We are monitoring the situation closely and are in contact with the British authorities.feedback

Mar 16 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

Proud, but it's also a big obligation. And we must not exaggerate.feedback

Mar 16 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

If you reject our country so fundamentally, I'd prefer you leave. … Act normal or leave.feedback

Mar 16 2017 - Islam

We need time for everybody to get back into the mood for cooperation, and that doesn't happen in a few hours.feedback

Mar 16 2017 - Islam

Netherlands said No to the wrong type of populism.feedback

Mar 16 2017 - Populism

The Netherlands, after Brexit, after the American elections, said 'Whoa' to the wrong kind of populism.feedback

Mar 15 2017 - Populism

It is also an evening in which the Netherlands after Brexit, after the American elections said stop to the wrong kind of populism.feedback

Mar 15 2017 - Populism

It is the third elections after Brexit, after the American elections. We have the upcoming French and German elections. And this is a chance for a big democracy like the Netherlands to make a point – to stop this toppling over of the domino stones of the wrong sort of populism.feedback

Mar 15 2017 - Populism

This is a chance for a big democracy like the Netherlands to make a point to stop this toppling over of the domino stones of the wrong sort of populism. There is still a risk that we wake up Thursday morning and seeing that Geert Wilders is leading the biggest party.feedback

Mar 15 2017 - Populism

The fact is that politicians are only enlarging the problems instead of solving them. The wrong sort of populism is not addressing the real issues of the people, only making them bigger, instead of solving them.feedback

Mar 15 2017 - Populism

It is my task to keep the nation safe and stable and deal with these kinds of people.feedback

Mar 15 2017 - Populism

These are the quarterfinals in trying to prevent the wrong sort of populism from winning. The half finals are in France in April and May and in September in Germany, we have the finals.feedback

Mar 14 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

If you look below the surface, the English economy suffers potentially irreparable harm because of their Brexit.feedback

Mar 14 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

Well, this has nothing to do with elections. We have not sought… We did not seek this fight, it was Turkey deciding to create this chaos last Saturday. That's what I'm fighting for, not for myself, but I do believe that the present strategy, the present course of the government is the best way of moving forward – and no experiments!feedback

Mar 14 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

We will not lower ourselves to this level. It is totally unacceptable.feedback

Mar 14 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

It means that we all have to make sure that we are not just there to live our own lives but we also have a responsibility to make sure that we live in a context of caring about others. It's not just me, myself and I. We are a society.feedback

Mar 14 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

I have made no anti-immigrant statements. I am fighting on my own agenda. My main point is where we thought Brexit would not happen, it happened. We thought the American elections would deliver a Clinton presidency. They didn't. My worry here in the Netherlands is that people think that this type of chaos cannot happen to the Netherlands because Geert Wilders is somewhat down in the polls. But I am warning people it could still happen.feedback

Mar 14 2017 - Labour Party

We do not rule out any party, not even … no party at all. At the same time there are huge differences between my party and the Labour Party and the Freedom Party.feedback

Mar 14 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

You want 'Nexit'. You want the Netherlands out of Europe. You know this will cost 1.5 million jobs. That would mean chaos for the Netherlands. In England (Britain), there's chaos too now, because of Brexit. You want to push the Netherlands into chaos too. Don't do it. I sincerely hope you're not going to be the biggest (party), that you won't form a cabinet, I will put up a tough fight. Don't do it. It's the worst news the Netherlands can have now.feedback

Mar 13 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

I believe they just wanted to come here to talk with Turkish people about the referendum. And again, it was very difficult to come to logistical arrangements.feedback

Mar 13 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

Turkey is a proud country, but also the Netherlands is a proud country. We will never negotiate under threats, under these type of utterings of the foreign minister. So that's why we stopped discussions and we told him that he was no longer welcome that Saturday.feedback

Mar 13 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

We've seen it with Brexit, we've seen it with Trump, when we thought it wouldn't happen the night before. The chance is still large as life that we wake up on March 16 and Wilders' (party) is the biggest.feedback

Mar 13 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

This has never happened before – a country saying someone is not welcome and then them coming regardless.feedback

Mar 13 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

It's not about who will eventually govern. It's about the signal that will be given if Wilders becomes the biggest force.feedback

Mar 13 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

Internationally it would mean that people say the next domino has fallen, no matter who eventually governs. After Brexit, the U.S, also the Netherlands–then France, Germany and Italy will follow. If you look at the chaos that arose in the U.S. and the U.K., then it's essential we avoid that.feedback

Mar 13 2017 - Islam

I want the Netherlands to be the first country which stops this trend of the wrong kind of populism.feedback

Mar 13 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

Some Turkish politicians are talking about Nazism and fascism in relationship to The Netherlands. This country, as the Mayor of Rotterdam pointed out yesterday, was bombed during the second World War by the Nazis. It's totally unacceptable to talk in this way. So of course there is absolutely no way excuses can be made, they should make an excuse for what they have done.feedback

Mar 13 2017 - Islam

We've ended up in a bad movie. The Turks have ramped this up themselves.feedback

Mar 13 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

It's the difference between tweeting from the sofa and running a country. Since then you have radicalised still further by saying the mosques will close and you will remove Korans from people's homes. I will not work with a politician like that, either in government or with a supporting deal. Not ever, ever.feedback

Mar 12 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

This is a man who yesterday made us out to be fascists and a country of Nazis. I'm going to de-escalate, but not by offering apologies. Are you nuts? We are in the wrong situation with Turkey at the moment. We asked the minister not to come because of the tensions we expected in Rotterdam and because we are not comfortable with such a visit. A visit from a Turkish minister to the Dutch people to talk about a Turkish referendum, and still they come.feedback

Mar 12 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

This is a man who yesterday made us out for fascists and a country of Nazis. I'm going to de-escalate, but not by offering apologies. Are you nuts?feedback

Mar 12 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

The Netherlands will not let itself be blackmailed.feedback

Mar 12 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

We can never do business under this kind of blackmail.feedback

Mar 12 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

The biggest problem in this case is that Turkey is talking about Turkish citizens who they want to talk to. These are Dutch citizens who possibly also have voting rights in Turkey. Turkey is a proud nation; the Netherlands is a proud nation. We can never do business under those sorts of threats and blackmail.feedback

Mar 12 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

Since last week [foreign affairs] minister Bert Koenders and I have been constantly trying to de-escalate the situation. We need to talk about this. This has never happened before, a country saying someone is not welcome and then them coming regardless.feedback

Mar 11 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

I understand they're angry but this is of course way out of line.feedback

Mar 11 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

This morning on TV (the Turkish minister) made clear he was threatening the Netherlands with sanctions and we can never negotiate with the Turks under such threats. So we decided...in a conference call it was better for him not to come.feedback

Mar 11 2017

I understand they are angry but this is of course way out of line. We will do everything to keep the relations with Turkey as good as possible, as strong as possible.feedback

Mar 11 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

This morning on TV [the Turkish minister] made clear he was threatening the Netherlands with sanctions and we can never negotiate with the Turks under such threats. So we decided ... in a conference call it was better for him not to come.feedback

Mar 11 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

Many Dutch people with a Turkish background are authorized to vote in the referendum over the Turkish constitution. The Dutch government does not have any protest against gatherings in our country to inform them about it. But these gatherings may not contribute to tensions in our society and everyone who wants to hold a gathering is obliged to follow instructions of those in authority so that public order and safety can be guaranteed.feedback

Mar 10 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

This is our chance to stop this trend. There's still a big risk that will be the biggest party. But we've seen the chaos after Brexit and after the elections in America. And we can't have that here.feedback

Mar 09 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

The Turks know that we are against such a visit to address large groups of Turks. It has to do with the fact that he is a minister. It is not that we are barring Turkish politicians but ministers who want to talk about such purely national issues.feedback

Mar 09 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

Well yes, in the Netherlands it might be a particularly difficult phase after the elections but typically it can take some time but we eventually will form a government.feedback

Mar 06 2017 - Islam

We are now number one in the polls, but we still have the Freedom Party just behind us, Geert Wilders, so there is still a big risk that he could come out number one, so I think that it would be very bad news. I will fight very hard for my party to get out first.feedback

Mar 05 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

We believe that Dutch public space is not the place for political campaigns of other countries.feedback

Mar 04 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

We find this unacceptable, the public sphere of the Netherlands is not the political campaign area of other countries.feedback

Feb 28 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

He's against the freedoms and values of our society.feedback

Jan 24 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

We feel a growing discomfort when people abuse our freedom here to spoil things, while they just come to our country for that freedom. I understand that people think if you so fundamentally reject our country, I prefer that you leave. Act normally, or leave. The solution is foremost a mindset. We must continue to make clear what is normal and what is not normal in this country. We will have to actively defend our values.feedback

Jan 23 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

I have that feeling, too. Behave normally or go away.feedback

Dec 16 2016 - Dutch elections 2017

The situation with Russia is getting ever more confrontational. That is a direct threat to our stability.feedback

Dec 15 2016 - Dutch elections 2017

It is in the Dutch interest that Europe is strong in its relationship with Russia, with Russia being increasingly aggressive in its foreign policy.feedback

Oct 05 2016 - Dutch elections 2017

Fantastic news. All of the Netherlands is proud.feedback

Sep 15 2016 - Dutch elections 2017

All these countries have an interest in fighting terrorism, in a more secure Europe, in preventing uncontrolled migration, all have an interest in economic cooperation to create more jobs.feedback

Jul 02 2016 - Dutch elections 2017

England has collapsed politically, monetarily, constitutionally and economically.feedback

Jun 29 2016 - Dutch elections 2017

It's not only the British voters who have doubts about European cooperation. There is skepticism in many other EU countries.feedback

Jun 02 2016 - Dutch elections 2017

I think it would be very bad news, for the UK, for the Netherlands, for Europe as a whole. For two reasons. First of all, take the Netherlands and the UK. We are both seafaring nations. Our prosperity, our ability to create jobs, future growth, is built on the free market, is built on open borders.feedback

Mar 04 2016

Europe has to say you go to Lithuania, you to Germany, you to the Czech Republic and so on. That resettlement instrument is clearly not yet in sight.feedback

Mar 04 2016 - Refugees

We hope we can reach an agreement with Turkey on taking back economic migrants, the non-Syrian refugees.feedback

Mar 04 2016

If it works with the non-Syrians we have dealt with 40 to 50 percent of the entire refugee stream already.feedback

Mar 03 2016 - Greece

What I am seeking is the best possible outcome for Greece. Even if it means, to achieve that, using all tools provided for under (EU) conventions.feedback

Jan 07 2016 - Greece

All energy now is focused on getting the deal with Turkey working, on building the hot spot and reception capacity in Greece and Italy, so that will be all of the focus over the next two months.feedback

Jan 07 2016 - Greece

So what we need to do is to build reception capacity and the hot spots in Greece, Italy is a bit, is one or two steps further now, but still a lot more needs to be done there and only when they have been established, you can relocate people from these hot spots over the rest of the European Union.feedback

Jan 07 2016

Well formally then we have to take a position because this is a consultative referendum, then the law requires the government to take a position and put this to the Dutch parliament. How we will deal with the outcome of the referendum and that we will decide after the 6th of April, after the referendum, and of course your question assumes there will be a negative outcome and I will put all of my energy in coming to a positive outcome.feedback

Jan 07 2016 - Refugees

Well there is no Dutch proposal as you stated it. What we have said is that we have to think about a situation where the influx of refugees stays at a high level it is currently, even now in winter, with the risk of a spike again in the spring, and then you have to think about what are the alternatives to what ifs, and I cannot go into the what ifs are I am thinking of.feedback

Jan 07 2016

Well we are of course working on a positive outcome and this is not a referendum the Dutch government called, there is a law in the Netherlands where so many people, through signatures, can force a referendum, a consultative referendum on a particular issue. This is what happened here.feedback

Jan 07 2016 - Eurovision

Some of the people against it think it is a first step to membership, it is not. We have these association agreements with countries in middle America, in the Middle East, and they are not applying for membership. Maybe for the Eurovision song contest, but not for the European Union.feedback

Jan 07 2016 - Ukraine Crisis

And we will make it clear and explain to the Dutch public why we put our signature under this treaty, its because its in the Dutch interest. To one, have a free trade agreement with Ukraine, we are a trading nation, we can earn a lot of money when Ukraine is more successful than it is currently, it's in the Dutch interest.feedback

Jan 07 2016 - Human Rights

And secondly, because it is all about building the state, the rule of law, implementing all of the human rights, well the things we have fought for in the European Union.feedback

Jan 07 2016 - Greece

Well if they would be stranded in Italy and Greece, it would be relatively easy to get the scheme going. The problem is that they are not stranded, they come into Greece and then they and go on and continue in the West Balkans, comes through Slovenia, Austria into mostly Germany or Sweden and sometimes the Netherlands and Belgium.feedback

Jan 07 2016

We need a greater sense of urgency frankly, and I hope that some member states who still believe that they can hide away from this, leave it to other member states, will come to realise that this is a problem that can only be solved if everybody takes part in burden sharing. And we are not there yet and we know perfectly that some countries don't want to do it, so we need to convince them.feedback

Nov 14 2015 - Islam

We are not at war with a country, a belief or with Islam.feedback

Oct 13 2015 - Malaysia

I want to call on Russian authorities to respect but also to provide complete cooperation with this report and the following criminal investigation by the Dutch public prosecutor in collaboration with four other countries.feedback

Mar 28 2015 - US, China relations

Bilateral, inter-regional trade flows between Asia and Europe are already the largest worldwide. So we depend on each other. That's a fact. For example, financial stability in the Eurozone directly influences growth rate in Asian countries. And the rise of a prosperous middle-class in a large part of Asia is crucial for Europe's future.feedback

Jan 22 2015 - World Economic Forum

It is not on the table at this moment. We have to look at the situation – if indeed the situation deteriorates any further. At the moment at least we need to remain with the present sanctions.feedback

Jan 22 2015 - World Economic Forum

Well, the feelings are running high in terms of this terrible crash. The Netherlands has been asked by the world to lead the independent investigation, and I expect results over the course of this year and that means that I cannot at all assume who might be behind this, who has done this. I know there are many theories around, but I really have to be silent on this.feedback

Jan 22 2015 - World Economic Forum

Yes, I think so, I do believe so. The Minsk process, the peace process, means that Europe is really taking leadership in solving this.feedback

Jul 26 2014

There are strong indications that the Russians are continuing to arm the rebels.feedback

Jul 21 2014 - United Nations

Frans Timmermans is travelling to New York for consultations with the United Nations and members of the Security Council to extend the international coalition, whose aim is to secure a quick repatriation and to make sure that all the facts are uncovered about the horrible events of MH17. All this should have been done days ago. But we're working as hard as possible to ensure a quick repatriation.feedback

Jul 18 2014 - Malaysia

It appears flight MH17 has been shot down, but we are still waiting to get clarity about the exact cause of the disaster.feedback

Apr 29 2013

They will be surrounded both on and alongside the water by the best the Netherlands has to offer. From historic ships to a joint performance by the royal concert orchestra and DJ Armin van Buuren. It will be a feast for your eyes and ears.feedback

Sep 13 2012 - People's Party for Freedom and Democracy

Obviously I'm very happy my party came out number one. It's also a big responsibility now to live up to the expectations of our voters. We now have to focus on forming a stable governement as soon as possible.feedback

Sep 13 2012

The austerity policy from the last two years didn't work. We need growth in Europe and therefore we need a stronger euro.feedback

Sep 12 2012

There is a real choice in this election. Also in Europe, will we continue with our close relationship with Germany and Finland in fighting the euro crisis or will it make a shift towards a more France-oriented Europe which I will be against?feedback

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