“You can’t say ‘the past doesn’t matter, the values we share don’t matter’ but instead try to get as much money out of it (NATO) as possible and whether I can get a good deal out of it,” she said. Von der Leyen advised Trump against getting too close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, noting that NATO had stood by the United States after the 9/11 attacks. Source Reuters
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Leader of the VVD Halbe Zijlstra expects the euro no longer exist in a few years. He would at least have told opinion maker Jort Kelder and journalist Arno Wellens. Zijlstra itself can remember little of the conversation. Source RTL
Ambassador says Italian parliament’s investigations into NGOs is ‘a routine exercise carried by two parliamentary committees’ and that there’s no ‘hidden agenda’ Source Malta Today
A referendum through which the people of the Kurdistan Region to decide whether they want to stay with Iraq or separate and establish a state of their own will be held this year, says Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani. Source Rudaw