Dutch news in brief, 17 May 2005

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Wilders starts bus campaign , Right-wing independent MP Geert Wilders started a bus tour across the Netherlands on Tuesday to campaign for a 'no vote' against the EU constitution. It is the first time since the murder of Theo van Gogh that Wilders has been seen in public for an extended period of time. The MP was apparently the victim of threats by Islamic extremists. He will visit 22 cities in two weeks in the lead-up to the 1 June Dutch referendum on the proposed EU constitution.

Wilders starts bus campaign

Right-wing independent MP Geert Wilders started a bus tour across the Netherlands on Tuesday to campaign for a 'no vote' against the EU constitution. It is the first time since the murder of Theo van Gogh that Wilders has been seen in public for an extended period of time. The MP was apparently the victim of threats by Islamic extremists. He will visit 22 cities in two weeks in the lead-up to the 1 June Dutch referendum on the proposed EU constitution.

Call to increase pensionable age to 67

Democrat D66 leader Boris Dittrich has proposed gradually raising the age at which people can start drawing a pension to 67 over the next 25 years. The proposal is part of an internal discussion document being circulated within D66 following the loss of a Senate vote earlier thus year over direct mayoral elections. The pamphlet says solidarity between young and old is vital to ensure prosperity and urges a new approach to environmental issues. Democratic reform also remains an important party principle, it says. The D66 will draw up a final policy document in November.

Firefighter blockade in Amsterdam

About 250 firefighters blockaded the headquarters of the Amsterdam fire brigade on Tuesday morning in a battle to win a new CAO workplace pay and conditions agreement. Some 200 firefighters also protested in Delft against the stalled talks over a new CAO for municipal public servants. At 10.30am, the firefighters drove their trucks away from the Amsterdam headquarters and the industrial action was called off in Delft. The firefighters are particularly angered by moves to prevent early retirement. All municipal public servants are expected to strike on 9 June.

No appeal in Naaldijk family tragedy

Neither the public prosecutor nor the defence will appeal the 17-year jail and psychiatric detention sentence imposed on a man accused of the Naaldijk family tragedy last year. The 40-year-old man, from The Hague, attacked the family on 14 October 2004, killing his 37-year-old ex-girlfriend and cutting the throats of her three children. They survived the attack. The defendant was sentenced two weeks ago.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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