The Netherlands doesn’t understand Southern Europe’s pain

In the Netherlands, the public underestimates how much Southern Europe has already suffered. And how we benefited ourselves, says Joris Melman, analysing the Dutch stance in the negotiations on the EU’s economic responses to the corona crisis.

Post-Crisis Democracy in Europe blog, 20 April 2020

Translated and adapted version of an opinion piece published in Trouw.

Two men looking down at open suitcase

Dutch financial minister Wopke Hoekstra and prime minister Mark Rutte have been criticised for taking a hard stance on EU solidarity © Beeld, ANP Foto.

Published Apr. 20, 2020 10:44 AM - Last modified June 24, 2020 11:15 PM