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Queen’s Day Celebration Went Off Without a Hitch

May 2, 2011

Queen’s Day Celebration Went Off Without a Hitch

Tens of thousands of people from all over the Netherlands came out to enjoy the weather and different festivities planned throughout the country on Saturday. The events passed peacefully enough with relatively few arrests. Most arrests were for charges public order offences and being drunk in public. Major cities such as Amsterdam and Rotterdam were visited by huge more...

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Dutch Human Rights Campaigner Max van der Stoel Dies

April 26, 2011

Dutch Human Rights Campaigner Max van der Stoel Dies

The Dutch politician and human rights campaigner Max van der Stoel died in his home on Saturday at the age of 86.  He served two terms as Minister of Foreign Affairs and as the first High Commissioner on National Minorities of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Van der Stoel held a number of honors, awards and appointments both internationally more...

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Uncertainty in the Dutch Economy

April 22, 2011

Uncertainty in the Dutch Economy

By: Celina Eno CBS (Central Bureau voor de Statistiek) stated that the number of people leaving the Netherlands is more than those coming. Perhaps people are fleeing from a future of hopelessness and unemployment. Some years back, getting a permanent job contract was a life time guarantee for daily bread, but nowadays, the rhythm has changed to that of insecurity more...

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Dutch Youngster Causes Thousands to Mourn in Alphen aan de Rijn

April 21, 2011

Dutch Youngster Causes Thousands to Mourn in Alphen aan de Rijn

A memorial service has been held in Alphen aan den Rijn for the victims of the shopping centre shooting 10 days ago. Twenty-four-year-old Tristan van der Vlis, opened fire in the town’s a shopping centre killing six people and injuring 16 others. A number of the victims included the children and elderly. The gunman then turned the gun on himself. According to more...

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Public Transporation Strikes in The Hague

April 20, 2011

Public Transporation Strikes in The Hague

People of The Hague dependent on public transportation should be aware that on Wednesday, April 20th 2011 there will be a strike from 10:00 am to 14:00pm. This means there will be no buses, trams and light rail services will operate in The Hague during the aforementioned time. According to officials, public transport services will resume after this specified more...

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Workers Needed in the Agriculture and Horticulture Sector in the Netherlands

April 19, 2011

Workers Needed in the Agriculture and Horticulture Sector in the Netherlands

The VVD, CDA and ChristenUnie want Minister of Social Affairs, Henk Kamp, to provide a single solution for farmers who are now in trouble with their harvest, because of strict regulations regarding work permits for migrant workers (e.g. Romanians). The two governing parties and the Christian Union called the VVD minister to appear on Monday. Both MP Malik Azmani of the more...

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Increase in Violence amongst Asylum Seekers

April 18, 2011

Increase in Violence amongst Asylum Seekers

Alasam S, an asylum seeker shot dead a policeman in Groningen last week, and he is thought to have battered his girlfriend to death. S is originally from Benin, and was told that he has lost his right to live in The Netherlands. Alasam S has been in the Netherlands for over ten years now, coming to the Netherlands in 2001 as an unaccompanied minor at the age of more...

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No Clear Majority – Alliance Forced to Rely on Others

March 3, 2011

No Clear Majority – Alliance Forced to Rely on Others

As the dust settles after the provincial election last Wednesday, no clear majority has emerged. The results: Parties Seats Before Seats After VVD 14 16 PvdA 14 14 CDA 21 11 PVV 10 SP 12 8 D66 2 6 GROENLINKS 4 5 CU 4 2 PvdD 1 1 50PLUS 1   The PVV party was both a winner more...

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