Dutch news in brief, 26 May 2006

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Van Gogh street sinks, A portion of Vincent van Gogh street in the Dutch town of Nuenen sank on Thursday as a result of a broken water main. Some of the street's residents were left without water or only brown water. A tanker brought in fresh water. The local water company spent the day working on the problem. Vincent van Gogh lived in the town from 1883-1885. His painting 'Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen' was stolen from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in 2002.

Van Gogh street sinks

A portion of Vincent van Gogh street in the Dutch town of Nuenen sank on Thursday as a result of a broken water main. Some of the street's residents were left without water or only brown water. A tanker brought in fresh water. The local water company spent the day working on the problem. Vincent van Gogh lived in the town from 1883-1885. His painting 'Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen' was stolen from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in 2002.

Dutch MP joins la Legion d'Honneur

French President Jacques Chirac has awarded Dutch Labour Party MP Bert Koenders the 'Chevalier dans l'Ordre national de la Legion d'Honneur' (Knight of the Legion of Honour), the French Embassy announced on Friday. The decoration is given to people who make an important contribution to European cooperation. Koenders is Labour's spokesperson on foreign affairs and chairman of the Contact group for France in parliament. He is also a member of the Dutch-French cooperation council.

Four die in car accident

Four men died in the Frisian town of Oostrum on Friday morning when their car crashed into Dokkumergrootdiep canal. A passer-by saw tyre tracks leading up to the water and alerted the police. The water was dredged and the bodies of three of the men were found in the car. The forth body was found nearby. It is unclear how the car ended up in the water.

Christian youth attack seniors' pass

The youth wing of Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende's Christian Democrat Party (CDA) said it was not fair that seniors aged 65 and over get collective discounts. Ronald van Bruchem, chairman of the CDJA, said on BNR Nieuws Radio that the pass with which seniors get discounts on buses, at swimming pools, cinemas and museums should be denied well-off retirees. Pensioners on low incomes should be provided the discounts by their local municipality. The CDJA is currently investigating how much money the government could save by removing the discounts for richer seniors. 

Councillor fills MP vacancy

Hans Wagner, 43, is to take over the seat in parliament vacated by Labour MP Adri Duivesteijn to become an Alderman in Almere. Wagner was a Labour councillor in Leidschendam-Voorburg. He is the second new MP in two weeks. Laetitia Griffith replaced Ayaan Hirsi Ali last week after Hirsi Ali resigned her seat as an MP for the Liberal Party (VVD).  

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