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Dutch PM Rutte says he sees less than 50% chance of EU fund deal

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte arrives for the first face-to-face EU summit since the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Brussels, Belgium July 17, 2020. Francisco Seco/Pool via REUTERS

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Friday said he saw less than a 50% chance that European leaders would reach a deal on the European Recovery Fund at their summit in Brussels.

“I would say less than 50%, but let’s be hopeful”, the Prime Minister said as negotiations on the fund were about to start.

“You never know, we could still come to a compromise. It’s still possible.”

Reporting by Bart Meijer; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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