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Rutte Becomes Longest-Serving Dutch Premier as Job Gets Tougher

Mark Rutte

Mark Rutte

Photographer: Valeria Mongelli/Bloomberg
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Mark Rutte became the longest-serving Dutch prime minister on Tuesday and his job is about to get harder than ever with runaway inflation and an energy crisis hitting the coffers of households.

“The number of puzzles on my desk now is quite large,” Rutte said at a recent press conference. With Angela Merkel leaving as German chancellor last year, he is now second to Hungary’s Viktor Orban as the longest-tenured head of government in the European Union.