Dutch PM Rutte 'not available' for Van Rompuy job

11th July 2014, Comments 1 comment

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Friday dismissed reports that he would consider replacing European Council president Herman van Rompuy, whose term ends later this year.

"I haven't been asked and I'm not available," Rutte told journalists at a post-cabinet meeting press conference.

He was reacting to questions on a possible move to Brussels to replace Van Rompuy, whose second term as Council president ends in November.

Rutte's name has been bandied about in Brussels and in media reports since last month, but he and his deputy Lodewijk Asscher quashed the rumours.

"I always knew this was not an attractive position for him," Asscher told public broadcaster NOS.

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1 Comment To This Article

  • HTD posted:

    on 14th July 2014, 13:22:31 - Reply

    Pity that Rutte wouldn't take this post. That would be a face-saving way for him to exit the economic mess that he and Samson have created here in the NL.
    However, 'kicking him upstairs' might eventually come back to haunt not only the NL, but the other 26 EU Member States as well. Therefore, the most responsible way for us Dutch to take responsibility of this predicament would be do hold another general election, the sooner the better.
    Of course, this is easier said than done, if such an election would likely put Geert Wilders in a higher position to do even more damage to the NL in more ways than just economic as is the case with Rutte and Samson.
    Protest voters who would vote for Wilders hopefully will soon come to realize that casting their votes his way are no guarantee that their lives will improve, but more likely could get worse.
    In the meantime, if Samson would resign his posts, then at least the PvdA might be able to return to the left wing of Dutch politics from its current right of center position.