Dutch news in brief, 7 April 2006

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Taxi drives into house A taxi drove into a house in Tilburg on Friday morning. The front of the building was badly damaged but nobody was injured. "No one knows how this could have happened, but it looks spectacular," a spokesperson from the police said. Police, firemen and electricity company Essent's employees were called in, as the taxi caused a leak in the city's heating system. Mayor of Vught quits Mayor of Vught Jan de Groot is quitting his job, he announced on Thursday evening. De Groot said he do

Taxi drives into house
 
A taxi drove into a house in Tilburg on Friday morning. The front of the building was badly damaged but nobody was injured. "No one knows how this could have happened, but it looks spectacular," a spokesperson from the police said. Police, firemen and electricity company Essent's employees were called in, as the taxi caused a leak in the city's heating system. 
 
Mayor of Vught quits
 
 
Mayor of Vught Jan de Groot is quitting his job, he announced on Thursday evening. De Groot said he doesn't have the confidence of the recently chosen council. Before the election, a couple members of the council criticised De Groot as a mayor and as a person. It made De Groot feel 'damaged', he said later.  His resignation was already expected in mid March, after he didn't show up  for the ceremony for departing councillors.
 
Amersfoort gets broad coalition

 
Amersfoort is to get a broad-based coalition. The council announced Friday that the Labour Party (PvdA), Liberal Party (VVD), Christian Democrat Party (CDA), Green Left (GroenLinks) and the Christian party ChristenUnie  will form the new executive council of aldermen. The Labour Party gets two seats and every other party one. MP Ruud Lunchtenveld (Liberal Party) takes over Environmental Planning, Traffic and Deregulation. He was previously a councillor in Amersfoort. It's not sure when he will leave parliament.

Greenpeace demo against soya shipment
 
Greenpeace activists used rubber boats to try to stop a cargo ship entering Amsterdam port on Friday morning. One rubber boat with two activists on board got stuck between the ship and the quay. The ship transported soya beans from the Amazon to the multinational firm Cargill, one of the world's biggest soya traders. Greenpeace said the cultivation of soya beans is a threat to this area as more than 7 billion hectares of forest have been chopped down in the past three years to clear ground for soya plantations. Greenpeace says the Netherlands is the biggest importer of vegetable food, via Rotterdam and Amsterdam ports.

Rotterdam liberals and socialists won't work together
 
The Liberal Party (VVD) said on Friday it will not negotiate anymore about a coalition with the Labour Party (PvdA), the Christen Democrats Party (CDA) and Socialist Party (SP). The socialists don't want to join these parties in the executive council of aldermen either. Despite many discussions following the elections on 7 March, in which the PvdA won 18 seats, the Liberals said the differences between them and the Socialist Party are so big that it's not possible to work in one coalition together. The second party in Rotterdam, Leefbaar Rotterdam, has announced they don't want to be in the executive council with the Liberal Party either. Leefbaar Rotterdam now has to choose between the Liberal Party (VVD) and Socialist Party (SP), the Labour Party said.

People unsure about Queen's Day

Many people are unsure about the date of Queen's Day this year, the Union Of Orange associations (Bond van Oranjeverenigingen) announced Friday. This year, Queen's Day is not on 30 April as usual but on 29 April. This because 30 April is a Sunday and traditionally many events are moved to the day before. The Union has received hundreds of questions about this from confused members of the public recently. The government decided to bring Queen's Day forward a day when its falls on a Sunday, due to Sunday being a rest day.  

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