Video: Dutch news roundup, 19 June 2010
Despite the Netherland's reputation as a tolerant society, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people face discrimination and even violence here as well.
Amsterdam bills itself as the gay capital of the world, but figures evidence an alarming increase in anti-gay incidents on the streets of the Dutch capital. And in the city of Utrecht, one gay couple has been terrorised to the point that they have put their home for sale and want to leave the neighbourhood as soon as possible.
Last week's general election revealed a divided country that political experts say will be difficult to govern. This week, Queen Beatrix appointed an informateur, the person tasked with helping the political parties form a coalition government. The first option is a right-wing coalition including the big winners of the election, the conservative VVD party and the anti-Islam Dutch Freedom Party. But in order to secure the requisite number of parliamentary seats, the two parties would need the Christian Democrats to join the coalition. Also a number of prominent MP's leave the Dutch parliament to make way for fresh blood.