Dutch news in brief, 8 May 2006

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Pension plan 'cost Labour seats'

Pension plan 'cost Labour seats'

The vision unveiled by Labour leader Wouter Bos recently on how to reform the national pension system has cost his party electoral support. A new survey by pollster Maurice de Hond indicates Labour (PvdA) would win 47 seats if an election were held now, four  fewer than before Bos said rich seniors should continue to contribute to the pension scheme. The PvdA would 42 seats int he 150-seat parliament in 2003. The Liberals (VVD) continue to gain support, and would win 36 seats. The VVD has 28 seats. Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende's Christian Democrats would drop from 44 to 28 seats, the poll found.

Dutch leave German base

The Dutch Army ended its deployment at the Seedorf base in Germany with a special ceremony. Dutch troops have been based there since the height of the Cold War in 1963. Approximately 2,200 military personnel and 200 civilians worked there at at one time. Germany is taking over the base and the Netherlands will get training locations in Germany in return.

Woman, child saved in suspected arson

A woman, 36, and a girl, 5, were rescued on Saturday night after a fire broke out in their house in the Dutch city of Roosendaal. Both suffered minor injuries. Police suspect the fire was started deliberately.  The woman heard a noise at about 2.30am and smelled smoke. She tried to phone the emergency services but her telephone was not working. Neighbours responded to her cries for help and alerted the Fire Brigade.

Three held for Remembrance Day vandalism

Three Amsterdam were detained on Saturday night after they took several wreaths from a war monument in Zandvoort. They destroyed one of the wreaths, which had been placed at the monument during the Remembrance Day commemoration on 4 May. The youths, two aged 17 and one aged 16, apologised for their actions. They are to carry out community work. Police are still investigating the destruction of wreaths at the freedom monument in Amsterdam's Osdorp district.

Top lawyer had antique weapons

The advocate-general arrested last week for possessing illegal weapons had a rifle from 1902 and a dagger made in 1917, his lawyer Menno Buntsma said on Monday. His 64-year-old client, identified only as W. F. van B, was freed from custody on Thursday but remains under investigation.  Police stopped the lawyer on Sunday 30 April as he was returning from a weapons fair in Belgium. Two other Dutch people who attended the fair were also arrested for possession of weapons, including a signal gun, ammunition and imitation machine guns.

30 apply for water poet job

Thirty people have applied to become the Netherlands's first water poet, a spokesperson for the water board Waterschap Zuiderzeeland in Flevoland said on Monday. The candidates range from unknown rhymers to published professionals. Some of the applications were in the form of a poem.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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