“Nobody” wants to end up like Putin, says the Dutch king – POLITICO

Dutch King Willem-Alexander joked Wednesday that “no one” wants to take the position of Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a rare political remark from the monarch.

“If you haven’t [constructive criticism]You could end up like Putin,” he said in Maastricht at a parade during the annual King’s Day celebrations, “and nobody wants that.”

The Dutch monarch made the comments in response to a recent poll showing the public had confidence in the king to like at 54 percent, the lowest level since the beginning of his rule. “POLLS don’t do much for me – what I think is good is constructive criticism,” he said before mentioning Putin.

Although the royals in the Netherlands are sometimes known for playing an influential role in politics behind the scenes, they are normally expected being apolitical in public – even though the king has previously expressed his support for Ukraine. “Our hearts go out to the people of Ukraine and all those affected by the violence,” he said called in a joint statement with his wife Queen Máxima in February, immediately after Putin declared war on Kyiv.

Despite accession to the throne with a sky high popularity In 2013, confidence in Willem-Alexander was hit after criticism for his rare public statements during the first deadly wave of COVID-19 indignation on the royal family’s trip to Greece amid pandemic restrictions in 2020.

Known for his party lifestyle from a young age, the king deserved it nickname of “Prins Pils” (Lager Prince) for his copious beer drinking as a student.

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