Dutch PM Rutte: NATO remains cornerstone of European defence

FILE PHOTO: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte holds a news conference at the European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium October 18, 2018. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Friday rejected the idea of a European army, as raised in Germany and France.

“The idea of a European Army goes way too far for the Netherlands,” he said after a cabinet meeting. “NATO is and remains the cornerstone of our defence policy.”

(Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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