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Dutch PM apologizes again for miscalculation on Greek bailout fund


09:50, August 17, 2011

THE HAGUE, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte apologized for the second time within a week on Tuesday for giving confusing information about the new financial support package for Greece.

Rutte caused the confusion after the European Union summit on July 21, as he said that the Greeks would receive 109 billion euros (156.96 billion U.S. dollars)of aid, including 50 billion euros (72 billion U.S. dollars) from banks and insurers.

However, the sum of the second Greek bailout actually totalled 159 billion euros (228.96 billion dollars). Rutte explained himself later by saying that he was only talking about the situation until 2014 and not about the whole package until 2020.

"Sorry," Rutte started the meeting in The Hague. "I think the communication was not good on July 21. I did not make clear calculations. They only showed a part of the story. I had to communicate better."

Opposition Labor Party PvdA was not satisfied with the apology and accused Rutte of deliberately creating confusion. "If you can't convince them, confuse them," MP Ronald Plasterk said during a debate with the Prime Minister.

The House of Commons now demanded a letter with more explanation Wednesday morning.


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