Dutch news in brief, 1 September 2006

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Dutch unemployment lowest in Europe

Dutch unemployment lowest in Europe

The Netherlands continues to have the lowest unemployment of all 25 members of the European Union. According to the latest figures from Eurostat, 3.9 percent of the Dutch labour force is without work. Youth employment is also lowest in the Netherlands: 6.6 percent compared with 17.2 percent across the EU. Poland has the highest jobless rate - 15 percent. Unemployment is failing fastest in the Baltic states Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, which joined the EU in 2004. But unemployment is rising in the UK.

Castle interior reclaimed at auction

After 125 years a major portion of the contents of Cannenburch Castle in Gelderland Province have returned home. The foundation for Gelderland Castles (Stichting Geldersche Kasteelen) took ownership of the contents during recent auctions in Brussels and Antwerp. The find includes 18th century furniture, horse blankets made with gold and silver thread and an embroidered family pendant from 1759. "From an art history point of view, the centuries-old textiles are of great value. Very few such examples are still in existence," the foundation's Jorien Jas said on Friday.

Dutchman loses appeal in murder case

Michigan Supreme Court has turned down an application by Dutchman Harry Bout for a new trial for murder. Bout is serving life sentence for the 1985 murder of Nigerian immigrant Onunwa Iwuagwu. The victim was found in 400 pounds of hardened concrete in a house in Grand Rapids. Bout continues to protest his innocence.

No decision on frigate for Lebanon

The Cabinet did not take a decision on the request to provide a frigate to the international maritime force for Lebanon. The flotilla's main mission is to combat arms smuggling. Foreign Minster Ben Bot said a letter about the request for the ship would be sent to parliament and the final decision would rest with MPs.

We're being ignored, says 'paedophile party'

Pro-paedophile group (PNVD), better known as the 'paedophile party', held a press conference in The Hague on Friday to complain it is being ignored by other political parties and the media. The announcement of the establishment of the PNVD in May caused an international sensation but it is still struggling to recognised as a legitimate party able to contest elections. To drive home its claim to be part of the political process, the PNVD timed its media event in the press centre in The Hague to coincide with Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende's weekly press conference in a nearby room. Police kept watch outside "because of the opposition in society" to the PNVD but there were no incidents.  

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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