Dutch news in brief, 14 September 2006

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Train station evacuated after derailment

Train station evacuated after derailment

Dordrecht train station was evacuated at around 1.30pm on Thursday when a chemical smell began emanating from a goods train that derailed near the station. Experts established that there were no dangerous chemicals involved.

CDA eyes 50 seats

Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende's Christian Democrat Party (CDA) hopes to win 50 seats at the general election on 22 November. The party used the 50th birthday party for parliamentary party leader Maxime Verhagen to highlight its ambitious goal. The number 50 was emblazoned on his birthday cake. The CDA currently has 44 seats.

Dog dies in locked car

A dog died after being locked in a car in the Zeeland town of Zoutelande in the heat of Wednesday evening. Passers-by broke a window to remove the animal from the high temperature within. They gave him cold water and tried to revive him but the dog died a short time later. The 66-year-old German owner said he checked on the animal earlier in the evening and he was fine. Police are investigating the incident but the resident of Mönchengladbach was not fined.

Animal party expects to win 3-5 seats

The Party for the Animals (PvdD) expects to win three to five seats in the general election on 22 November. "We are on the eve of a historic breakthrough. For the first time in history an animal party will have representation in a parliament," leader Marianne Thieme said during the presentation of the PvdD's candidate list in The Hague. Several celebrities are on the list, including Georgina Verbaan and Kees van Kooten.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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