Dutch news in brief, 29 June 2006

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Large turnout for Veterans' Day

Large turnout for Veterans' Day

Thousands of people lined the route of the procession by 3,700 veteran soldiers in The Hague on Thursday for the second national Veteran's Day in the Netherlands. The veterans marched from Malieveld to Kneuterdijk where Crown Prince Willem-Alexander was waiting. Despite a government crisis, Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende attended a special ceremony for veterans in the Knights Hall at parliament buildings.

Rutte takes over Liberal leadership

Mark Rutte was installed as the leader of the parliamentary party of the Liberals (VVD) on Thursday. Rutte, junior Education Minister, beat Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk in the leadership election last month. He takes over the parliamentary party in the middle of a crisis. Junior coalition party D66 sparked the situation by supporting an opposition motion of no confidence in Verdonk.

320 kilos of coke in palm tree pots

Dutch police intercepted 320 kilos of cocaine, worth EUR 16 million, hidden in the pots of palm trees at Rotterdam Port. The drugs were removed and the pots, which were sent from Costa Rica, were sent to their destination. This resulted in the arrest of three people at a premise in Amsterdam, one in Germany and five in Costa Rica.

Car wrecks going abroad

Dutch car wrecks are increasingly been shipped abroad to be patched up and reused. Broken down cars that stay in the Netherlands are recycled. Export of wrecks is against the law, according to Auto Recycling Nederland (ARN) in the newspaper 'De Telegraaf'.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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