Dutch news in brief, 6 April 2005

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Budget treats unlikely, Despite promises of budgetary sweeteners after several years of cutbacks, there is no money left for extra funding in the 2006 Budget, political sources have told newspaper NRC. Finance Minister Gerrit Zalm is discussing the budget with various ministers this week and the draft budget is expected to be presented to the Cabinet on Friday. But after the coalition parties — Christian Democrat CDA, Liberal VVD and Democrat D66 —agreed to extra education funding in the Easter accord to w

Budget treats unlikely

Despite promises of budgetary sweeteners after several years of cutbacks, there is no money left for extra funding in the 2006 Budget, political sources have told newspaper NRC. Finance Minister Gerrit Zalm is discussing the budget with various ministers this week and the draft budget is expected to be presented to the Cabinet on Friday. But after the coalition parties — Christian Democrat CDA, Liberal VVD and Democrat D66 —agreed to extra education funding in the Easter accord to ward of a government collapse, there is no money left. Consequently, tax cuts for middle-income earners, extra childcare funding and abolition of school fees look unlikely.

Islamic publisher escapes prosecution

Publisher Noer will scrap several passages from three controversial books. By eliminating or making illegible anti-Semitic or anti-women texts, the publisher will escape prosecution. Noer reached the agreement with the public prosecutor in Amsterdam, 'Radio Netherlands' reported. One of the books, 'The Way of the Muslim', sparked controversy last year because it called for the killing of gays and the beating of women. The prosecution also said several passages were unacceptable in the books 'Guide for Islamic Upbringing' and 'Fatwas of Muslim Women'. The Amsterdam mosque El Tawheed — which was criticised for selling such books — will not be prosecuted.

Angry father breaks ankles

The Dutch Parliament was shocked on Tuesday when a man jumped from the public gallery into the debating chamber. Guards quickly overpowered the man, who broke his ankles in the jump. The man was a member of an activist group, Fathers 4 Justice, which demands greater child visitation rights for divorced fathers. Some MPs fear that a glass screen might need to be installed between the public gallery and the chamber, 'NOS' reported.

Boy arrested over strangling

Police have arrested a 13-year-old Sliedrecht boy on charges of assaulting and threatening a fellow pupil. The boy is accused of holding a warm lighter against the 14-year-old victim's face and squeezing his throat shut on 29 March. The incident at the school on the Burgemeester Keijzerweg in Papendrecht occurred after the suspect asked the victim for a cigarette. The suspect was allegedly angered by a refusal and became aggressive. He allegedly threatened the victim with death the next day, newspaper 'De Telegraaf' reported. The boy was arrested on Tuesday and will appear in court on Thursday.

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