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US thanks Romania for its leader exiting the NATO leadership race to clear the way for Rutte

Jun. 21, 2024 11:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday thanked Romania for its president withdrawing from the race to lead NATO, saying the move would help ensure the Western military alliance stays properly focused. Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivered the message to his...

'Teflon Mark' Rutte set to bring consensus-building skills from Dutch politics as next NATO chief

Jun. 20, 2024 14:11 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Over the course of more than a dozen years at the top of Dutch politics, Mark Rutte got to know a thing or two about finding consensus among fractious coalition partners. Now he's on track to bring the experience of leading four Dutch multiparty governments to the...

And then there was one: Mark Rutte. Romania's president withdraws from the race for NATO chief

Jun. 20, 2024 09:25 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Romania’s president has withdrawn from the race to become NATO’s next secretary general, leaving outgoing Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte all but certain to head the world’s biggest military organization from October. The office of President Klaus Iohannis...

Romania’s president pulls out of race to become next NATO chief, clearing way for Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte

Jun. 20, 2024 08:52 AM EDT
BRUSSELS (AP) — Romania’s president pulls out of race to become next NATO chief, clearing way for Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Germany and Dutch-owned operator end talks on grid sale because of budget constraints

Jun. 20, 2024 06:00 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A state-owned Dutch company that is the biggest electricity grid operator in Germany said Thursday that talks on selling its German business to the government in Berlin have been terminated due to the administration's budget constraints. TenneT, one of four...

Dutch leader Mark Rutte clears a big hurdle to becoming NATO chief after Hungary lifts objections

Jun. 18, 2024 11:43 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Hungary on Tuesday lifted its veto on Mark Rutte becoming the next head of NATO after the outgoing Dutch prime minister gave written guarantees that he would not force the country to take part in the military alliance’s new plans to provide support to Ukraine. ...

4 Dutch parties say they've reached agreement on ministers in a new right-wing government

Jun. 11, 2024 07:46 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The four parties negotiating to form a coalition government in the Netherlands have reached agreement on a new team of Cabinet ministers, far-right leader Geert Wilders said Tuesday. It's another key step toward forming the first Dutch government led by a far-right...

Complex coalition talks loom in Belgium after Flemish nationalist parties win federal election

Jun. 10, 2024 04:32 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Flemish nationalist parties dominated general elections in Belgium on Sunday as Prime minister Alexander De Croo’s liberal party took a hit, with difficult coalition talks to form a new government now looming. Despite polls predicting that the far-right,...

Nationalist parties, far-left on the rise ahead of Sunday's federal elections in Belgium

Jun. 07, 2024 01:10 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The last time federal elections were held in Belgium in 2019, it took nearly 18 months before a new prime minister could be sworn in to lead a seven-party coalition government. The wait was even longer after the 2010 vote when the country needed 541 days to form a...

Dutch exit poll suggests neck and neck race between far right and center left in EU election

Jun. 06, 2024 17:07 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — European Union parliamentary elections kicked off in the Netherlands on Thursday with an exit poll suggesting that Geert Wilders’ far-right party made big gains and was in a tight race with an alliance of social democrats and greens to emerge as the biggest party. ...