EU leaders arrive at European Council on third day of negotiations | AFP

Angela Merkel, Ursula von der Leyen, Mark Rutte and Emmanuel Macron arrive at the European Council building in Brussels on the third day of negotiations on a huge post-virus recovery plan for the shattered European economy.

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European leaders meet for 2nd day on recovery plan | AFP

European Council President Charle Michel meets leaders Angela Merkel (Germany), Emmanuel Macron (France), Giuseppe Conte (Italy), Pedro Sanchez (Spain) and Mark Rutte (Netherlands) on the second day of a summit to agree on a post-virus economic recovery plan.

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EU leaders arrive at European Council on second day of negotiations | AFP

Angela Merkel, Ursula von der Leyen, Mark Rutte and Emmanuel Macron arrive for the second day of an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels. The leaders of the European Union are holding their first face-to-face summit over a post-virus economic rescue plan.

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The Netherlands Is Letting People Get Sick to Beat Covid-19

Like a lot of other world leaders, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is now in the business of calming his citizens down. But he’s also a pragmatist. Last week at an update on COVID-19, he said, “The reality is also that in the coming period a large part of the population will be infected with the virus.”

That’s why the Dutch are trialling a different strategy to protect the vulnerable: they’re trying to achieve so-called “herd immunity,” the term for what happens when enough people have survived the disease to effectively slow its spread. “As we wait for a vaccine or medicine, we can slow down the virus spreading and at the same time build up herd immunity in a controlled manner,” Rutte said.

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UK PM Boris Johnson meets with Dutch counterpart at the UN | AFP

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, in New York. IMAGES

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Images before the beginning of Bastille Day military parade | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron put European military cooperation at the heart of the Bastille Day parade at a time of growing tensions with the United States. Key EU leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, are to join Macron to watch the annual parade down the Champs Elysees that marks the July 14, 1789 storming of the Bastille fortress in Paris in the French Revolution. IMAGES before the parade

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Dutch Prime Minister Rutte casts EU ballot

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has voted in the European elections in The Hague. The Netheralnds and UK kicked off four days of voting across the 28-nation bloc that pits supporters of deeper integration against populist Euroskeptics who want more power for their national governments.

Luxembourg, Belgian, French, Dutch leaders meet for talks on EU

Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel welcomes Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and French President Emmanuel Macron to hold talks after a Europe-wide consultation on the future of the European Union. IMAGES

Germany’s Merkel attends opening of Bayreuth Festival

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the opening of the Bayreuth Festival, dedicated to composer Richard Wagner, with her husband Joachim Sauer and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Also present on the red carpet, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and Bavarian President Markus Soeder are booed by a small group of demonstrators chanting slogans in favour of migration policy. IMAGES

Surveillance video of van attack on Dutch newspaper office

A man rammed a van into the Amsterdam headquarters of one of the Netherlands’ major national newspapers on Tuesday before setting the vehicle alight.
Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte called the attack ‘a slap in the face of a free press and Dutch democracy’
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Looting ‘serious’ in hurricane-hit St Martin: Dutch PM

Hundreds of extra police are being sent to the Caribbean island of St Martin after reports of people breaking into shops following the devastation of Hurricane Irma, according to French and Dutch authorities. Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte says the Netherlands will be contributing to efforts to “ensure that there is food and water, but also to ensure security”, saying that looting is a “serious” problem on the Dutch part of the hurricane-hit island.

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