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Prime Minister Mark Rutte speaks at a memorial service for victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, in Nieuwegein, Netherlands.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte speaks at a memorial service for victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, in Nieuwegein, Netherlands.
(JASPER JUINEN/NYT)

MH17 threatens to divide Europe’s leadership

Instead of uniting allies, the missile attack that brought down Malaysian Airlines MH17 is in danger of dividing European leaders.

The biggest question mark lies over the behaviour of the Dutch government. It is grappling with the need to look tough in its response to the killing of 193 Dutch citizens while at the same time avoiding excessive harm to its trade with Russia.