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Dutch PM to Greece: only way to keep the euro is deep reform

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By Seamus Kearney
Dutch PM to Greece: only way to keep the euro is deep reform

<p>There is a warning to Greece from the prime minister of The Netherlands: the only way to keep the euro is to accept deep reforms.</p> <p>Mark Rutte made the comments after a debate in parliament on the issue. His finance minister is the head of the Eurogroup of Eurozone finance ministers. </p> <p>“Our position is that Greece has to take difficult measures,” he told reporters. </p> <p>“It has to save money in order to make the economy healthy in the long term, but they are running away from it by calling a referendum and endless negotiating. It can’t go on like this.”</p> <p>Rutte said his government is not willing to give any more funding to Greece unless there is a commitment to reform.</p> <p>He says Athens must quickly make a decision on what it plans to do.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Dutch PM Mark Rutte says Greece must decide tonight if it wants to stay in eurozone <a href="http://t.co/6KWH1tOJMh">http://t.co/6KWH1tOJMh</a> <a href="http://t.co/rhF8iyCHQG">pic.twitter.com/rhF8iyCHQG</a></p>— <span class="caps">ITV</span> News (@itvnews) <a href="https://twitter.com/itvnews/status/618130933128916992">July 6, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <div id="fb-root"></div><script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)<sup class="footnote"><a href="#fn4012415816378732d92413">0</a></sup>; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_GB/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’));</script><div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/euronews/posts/10153211343343110" data-width="500"><div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"><blockquote cite="https://www.facebook.com/euronews/posts/10153211343343110"><p>Analysts say the 55-year-old, who speaks Greek with a British accent, offers a completely different style to that of his predecessor.</p>Posted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/euronews">euronews</a> on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/euronews/posts/10153211343343110">Monday, 6 July 2015</a></blockquote></div></div> <div id="fb-root"></div><script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)<sup class="footnote"><a href="#fn4012415816378732d92413">0</a></sup>; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_GB/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’));</script><div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/euronews/posts/10153212824833110" data-width="500"><div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"><blockquote cite="https://www.facebook.com/euronews/posts/10153212824833110"><p>A call for national unity in Greece … </p>Posted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/euronews">euronews</a> on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/euronews/posts/10153212824833110">Tuesday, 7 July 2015</a></blockquote></div></div>