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July 2, 2024 11:04 PM

PM Modi extends congratulations to new Dutch Prime Minister Dick Schoof

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Dick Schoof on his appointment as the new Prime Minister of the Netherlands on Tuesday, and said he looks forward to closely working to further advance India-Netherlands ties. In a post on social media platform X, PM Modi said, "Congratulations Dick Schoof on assuming office as the Prime Minister of the Netherlands. Look forward to closely working together to advance India-Netherlands partnership including in the areas of renewable energy, water manage...

July 2, 2024 8:01 PM

Former spy chief Dick Schoof sworn in as Dutch Prime Minister

Dick Schoof, the former head of the Dutch Secret Service, was sworn in as the Netherlands' new Prime Minister on Tuesday, ending a seven-month political impasse following the far-right's victory in last November's elections. He is leading a broad right-wing coalition cabinet promising to implement the country's "strictest-ever" immigration policy. King Willem-Alexander officiated the ceremony at the royal Huis ten Bosch Palace in The Hague, where Schoof and his cabinet ministers took their oat...

June 26, 2024 4:14 PM

NATO picks Netherlands’ Mark Rutte as next boss

NATO on Wednesday selected Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte as NATO's next boss, as the war in Ukraine rages on its doorstep and uncertainty hangs over the United States' future attitude to the transatlantic alliance. Rutte's appointment became a formality after his only rival for the post, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, announced last week that he had quit the race, having failed to gain traction. Rutte will take over on Oct. 1 from Jens Stoltenberg of Norway, who is stepping down af...

June 19, 2024 4:46 PM

Dutchman Mark Rutte, longtime Putin critic, set to lead NATO alliance

Mark Rutte, who looks set to be NATO's next secretary-general, is a staunch ally of Ukraine and a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who honed his skills as a political dealmaker during nearly 14 years as Dutch prime minister. Rutte, 57, has been one of the driving forces behind Europe's military support for Ukraine since Russia's 2022 invasion, and says defeat on the battlefield for Moscow is vital to secure peace in Europe. His view is heavily influenced by the downing of an ...

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