Dutch news in brief, 22 March 2006

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Nawijn's party in opposition, The political party founded by former Immigration Minister Hilbrand Nawijn is not part of the coalition in the Dutch city of Zoetermeer. The Labour Party (PvdA) announced on Wednesday it has opened coalition negotiations with the Liberals (VVD), Democrat D66 and the Christian Democrats (CDA). Nawijn's LHN party came from nowhere to win five seats on Zoetermeer Council in the 7 March local elections.

Nawijn's party in opposition

The political party founded by former Immigration Minister Hilbrand Nawijn is not part of the coalition in the Dutch city of Zoetermeer. The Labour Party (PvdA) announced on Wednesday it has opened coalition negotiations with the Liberals (VVD), Democrat D66 and the Christian Democrats (CDA). Nawijn's LHN party came from nowhere to win five seats on Zoetermeer Council in the 7 March local elections.

Rotterdam sues right-wing party

Rotterdam municipality is taking Councillor Michiel Smit, the founder of the Nieuw Rechts (New Right), to court to demand the party repay EUR 45,000 in expenses. A spokesperson for the municipality said Smit was too late in submitting his expense accounts for 2003 and 2004. He filed the information three months ago.

'Group sex assault' on frigate

Junior Defence Minister Cees van der Knaap has appointed an independent commission to investigate allegations of sexual intimidation in the navy. The issue arose when a female crew member alleged she was subjected to a group sexual assault on the frigate Tjerk Hiddes during a mission in the Arabian Sea.

'Safe locks not very secure'

House locks that have been awarded the police stamp of approval 'Veilig Wonen' do not afford any extra protection, consumer association Consumentenbond said on Wednesday. Consumentenbond said the lock cylinders are easy to crack. Experts using a simple tool manged to open 47 of the 60 cylinder locks within three minutes. Lay people who took part in the Consumentenbond test managed to open 20 of the 60 locks.

Hamster makes comeback

The European hamster (korenwolf in Dutch) is regaining a foothold in Limburg, particularly in areas where farmers take special care not to disturb its habitat, a researcher at Radboud University in Nijmegen said. The korenwolf is an endangered species in the Netherlands.

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