[The Dutch] are founder members of the EU, a medium-sized country, a creditor nation – and they are very cross and increasingly Eurosceptic. It is quite possible that Germany would sign off on some new bail-out, only to find that it was rejected in the Netherlands and Finland.The turn of phrase used in this article put a smile on my face. How sublimely British and perfectly understated: 'very cross'. Yes, I do tend to get a bit stroppy when I read stuff like this. Or this.
Second, the Rutte piece is interesting because it spells out what airy phrases like “political union” might actually mean. For countries like Greece - and maybe someday Portugal or Italy – it would demand a huge loss of sovereignty. I don’t think they will accept that – and maybe Mr Rutte doesn’t either – which could be why he holds out the prospect of expulsion from the euro-zone as the ultimate sanction.