Netherlands unveils €17 billion package for hard-hit households

Dutch King Willem-Alexander unveils a €17.2 billion package for citizens as he openss parliament in The Hague, amid public cheers and jeers. – EPA pic, September 21, 2022.

THE Dutch government announced an “unprecedented” €17.2 (RM78) billion package yesterday to help citizens facing soaring energy prices and double-figure inflation driven by the ongoing war in Ukraine.

Dutch King Willem-Alexander unveiled the package as he opened parliament in The Hague, amid public cheers and jeers and opinion polls showing dipping confidence in Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s government.

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