I'm Dutch, I know the propaganda, and it's utter BS. Our triple A status has never been in doubt and won't be for a long time. Our debt-ratio could go up much higher in these economic times and still be rated triple A. These creditrating agencies have a peculiar stance. When they see the debt-ratio climb, they start warning: get debt and deficits under control. Once a government starts implementing austerity measures, the warning becomes: because you implemented austerity measures, your economy will not be able to grow which means your debt will remain a problem. These creditrating agencies are using two economic models: classic economic theory before the measures (debt must be kept in control) and keynesian after the measures (most important thing is economic growth by stimulating demand)
Kerry meets Egyptian officials in bid to assuage concerns over Iran deal (AP)
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