Washington Post

It's about time we retire the handshake anyway

With all the populist politicians around (my own prime minister included), it has become an empty, quasi-egalitarian gesture. It may be just as well to let it die out. Foto: Colourbox

At a news conference last week, the Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, declared, "From this moment, we stop shaking hands in the Netherlands."

And then, ending the meeting, he cheerfully shook hands with the health official standing next to him...

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