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Dutch PM clashes with parliament over EU summit
Date 24/10/2011 17:14  Author webmaster  Hits 882  Language Global
• 24 OCT 2011

By Philip Ebels | EUobserver

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte clashed with parliament in the Hague on Saturday, over his refusal to elaborate on the government’s position at Sunday's eurozone summit for fear of giving away its negotiation strategy.

Even though expectations about the summit have been tempered, EU leaders are still set to make important headway on issues key to pulling the eurozone out of its crisis – with final decisions taken at a separate summit on Wednesday.

“It will be difficult for me to answer your questions,” he told the lower house, which for the first time since the First World War assembled at the weekend. “Everybody is listening in. It might hurt the stake of the Netherlands.”

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