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  • Dutch election snapshot: Rutte wins, fragmentation prevails

    There’s a saying in the Netherlands: “Act normal, that is crazy enough”. It seems that the Dutch who voted in yesterday’s general election felt the same way. The exciting election resulted in a record turnout (82%) and produced a clear winner: the VVD, party of current Prime Minister, Mark Rutte. Rutte’s right-of-centre VVD outperformed the…

  • Brexit: the views of Cameron’s counterparts

    With a referendum definitely on the cards, Brexit has become a distinct possibility. In 2014 David Cameron managed to win the Scottish referendum to keep one union together – will he be able win another to keep Britain in the EU? Keeping his EU partners on side will be key – but what are their…

  • Dutch EU Presidency: The stars aligned?

    The upcoming Dutch Council Presidency in the first half of 2016 will handle many important dossiers, ranging from the Circular Economy, to the reform of the Emission Trading System, the Copyright Directive, the Capital Markets Union and many more. In addition the Dutch are taking the helm of the Council while the EU faces tough…

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