Dutch news in brief, 26 May 2005

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Consumer confidence down, Consumer confidence, corrected for seasonal factors, fell sharply in the Netherlands during May, the Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) reported on Thursday. In the last four months, consumer confidence increased and despite the fall, confidence in May was still higher than at the beginning of the year. The decline in consumer confidence was caused mainly by consumers' deteriorating opinions about the economic climate, the CBS said.

Consumer confidence down

Consumer confidence, corrected for seasonal factors, fell sharply in the Netherlands during May, the Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) reported on Thursday. In the last four months, consumer confidence increased and despite the fall, confidence in May was still higher than at the beginning of the year. The decline in consumer confidence was caused mainly by consumers' deteriorating opinions about the economic climate, the CBS said.

Two Dutch injured in Afghanistan

Two members of the Dutch military were slightly injured in Afghanistan on Thursday when the vehicle they were travelling in was damaged in an explosion. It is unclear if it was a targeted attack or whether the vehicle drove over a mine, the Defence Ministry in The Hague said. The incident occurred near Pol-e-khomri in the north province of Baghlan. About 150 Dutch personnel, mainly from the air force, are based in the region.

Adoptive parents: we acted correctly

The parents who received a baby from a surrogate mother in Belgium claim they acted appropriately. They said on Thursday a letter sent to them from the Dutch Council for the Protection of Children confirms that. The council has refused to comment. A Belgian couple asked a Flemish woman to bear a baby for them last year, but the surrogate mother eventually passed the baby onto the Dutch couple, which is now trying to adopt the girl. Two prospective parent couples in Belgium claim the Dutch couple paid EUR 15,000 for the child, but the Dutch parents say they only paid the hospital costs. Belgian justice authorities are investigating the actions of the surrogate mother.

German holiday causes traffic jams

A religious holiday in parts of Germany contributed to long traffic jams in the Netherlands on Thursday morning as many Germans came for an extra long weekend. A 22km tailback was recorded on the A12 at the border with Germany. An accident on the road made the situation worse, traffic information service Verkeerscentrum Nederland said. The A1 in the direction of Deventer and the A67 from Germany to Eindhoven were busy.

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