A senior Eastern European diplomat said they do not intend to stand in Rutte’s way: “At least someone has to ask: ‘Okay, Mark, how are you going to deal with Russia?'”

They also point to Rutte’s repeated failure to bring the level of Dutch defense spending to the 2 percent of GDP target agreed upon by all allies a decade ago, which they said could be used against him if Trump were elected. .

Added to this is the bilateral unrest between the Netherlands and Romania, two NATO members that are part of the European Union, since the Rutte government rejected Bucharest’s entry into Schengen, the borderless zone for countries, for years. of the EU, citing the risks of corruption and criminal activities.

By Sam