Netherlands not interested in euro summit

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Dutch participation in a summit of the leaders of the 17 top euro countries would only be useful if a good outcome is certain. This was the response of Prime Minister Mark Rutte when asked Thursday about the possibility of such a meeting.

“We must not organise a summit unless we’re sure to come to good conclusions,” Rutte told journalists after meeting in Brussels with NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmuseen. Rutte also said he had not been approached for such a meeting.

Regarding the Greek financial crisis, Rutte says haste is not necessary because the country has enough money to meet its obligations until mid-September. He also regards the panic over Italy’s finances unwarranted because the Italian government has already initiated action.

In the next few months, further discussions will be held over financial involvement in Greece. Germany and the Netherlands want to extend their loans to the country as part of a new rescue plan offering about 85 billion euros in funds.

According to Rutte, more should be done to establish a permanent solution for Greece. “That takes time,” he said. “If it could happen quickly, you could quickly have a summit.”

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