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Topic - Mark Rutte
With no sign of Russia abandoning the Crimean Peninsula, President Barack Obama said Tuesday he's concerned that Moscow will move deeper into Ukraine and warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that the international community is prepared to impose punishing sanctions against his country's economy.
President Barack Obama begins a week of international travel with Russia's Crimean incursion at the top of his agenda, even as he simultaneously seeks to re-emphasize U.S. influence abroad.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and King Willem-Alexander will attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi next month, despite the Netherlands' recent troubled relationship with Russia.
Dutch Queen Beatrix announced Monday that she will abdicate on April 30 after 33 years as head of state, clearing the way for her eldest son, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, to become the nation's first king in more than a century.
The Netherlands long has been a source of inspiration for closer European integration — and a bellwether of European discontent.
The Netherlands' caretaker prime minister appealed to a polarized Dutch Parliament on Tuesday to help him get the economy back on track rather than let the country drift in political limbo until new elections.
The Dutch government, one of the most vocal critics of European countries failing to rein in their budgets, quit Monday after failing to agree on a plan to bring its own deficit in line with EU rules.
A four-month political impasse ended in the Netherlands on Thursday, as the country's first postwar minority government took office promising deep budget cuts and tightened immigration rules.
The arrangement would see the victorious Liberal Party forge a coalition with the Christian Democratic Appeal, backed by the outside support of the anti-Islam Freedom Party.
The winner of the Netherlands' national elections in June is getting another crack at forming a right-wing coalition government, nearly seven weeks after Dutch voters went to the polls.
In a prerecorded message carried by national broadcaster NOS, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said "music and good times are everywhere: all the ingredients for a splendid day."
"All our discussions today and tomorrow will focus on one question: How to prevent nuclear terrorism," Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said as he opened the meeting.