Lubbers: Dutch identity does exist

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8 October 2007, AMSTERDAM – Unlike Princess Máxima, former prime minister Ruud Lubbers does feel there is a distinct Dutch identity, though this identity is constantly being refined. "There is no one in the world that doesn't recognise a Dutch person."

8 October 2007

AMSTERDAM – Unlike Princess Máxima, former prime minister Ruud Lubbers does feel there is a distinct Dutch identity, though this identity is constantly being refined. "There is no one in the world that doesn't recognise a Dutch person."

Lubbers made these comments on Sunday during a debate with Paul Scheffer, author of new book Het land van aankomst (The country of arrival), organised by the Volkskrant and De Rode Hoed society. The prime minister said that some of the qualities for which the Dutch are known include individualism, energy, curiosity and initiative.

For the rest Lubbers said that had he been the prime minister responsible he too would have definitely given Máxima permission to make the controversial statements she made during the presentation of the WRR report on identification with the Netherlands.

He pointed out that when prime minister he had urged for a freer interpretation of ministerial responsibility and that he had given Queen Beatrix more latitude to broach certain issues.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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