By Anne Rovan
Posted yesterday at 8:14pm, updated yesterday at 11:24pm
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte meets US President Joe Biden in the Oval Office of the White House on January 17. ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP
He remains reluctant to deliver tanks to Ukraine and fundamentally rejects new European loans.
Correspondent in Brussels
Mark Rutte takes the lead, two weeks ahead of a European Council devoted to immigration and the EU’s response to American subsidies. Traveling to Brussels on Tuesday for a lunch with his Belgian counterpart Alexander De Croo and a meeting with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the Dutch Prime Minister also took time to meet some journalists from the European press, including Le Figaro.
Objective: Announce the positions he will take on February 9th and 10th during the meeting of the Twenty-Seven. Firstly, on immigration, an issue that was put on the agenda at his request, noting, as he stresses, that “we’ve somewhat forgotten about this issue” with the pandemic and that “we’re now regularly waking up again with high arrivals”.
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