Video: Dutch news roundup, 24 September 2010

Video: Dutch news roundup, 24 September 2010

24th September 2010, Comments 1 comment

We join Prinsjesdag, when the government presents its budget for the coming year, a group of Dutch Canadians claim they were swindled out of their life's savings, the Dutch Roma community looks for help from U.S. President Barack Obama, and items belonging to silent film legend Charlie Chaplin are auctioned in Amsterdam.

Prinsjesdag

In Holland, the third Tuesday of September each year is Prinsjesdag, the day the government presents the budget for the next fiscal year. The climax of the day is a speech by Queen Beatrix, in which she lays out the government's priorities for the next year. Not surprisingly, there will be massive cuts in government spending, but the current caretaker government does not have the authority necessary to make the tough choices that will be needed to address the burgeoning budget deficit. Those decisions will be left for the new coalition government, which has yet to emerge from protracted negotiations, which have underway since the general election back in June.

Life's savings lost


A group of 80 Dutch migrants to Canada say they have lost their life's savings as part of a ponsi scheme orchestrated by fellow Dutchman Harry Snoek Jr. Snoek apparently disappeared with their money and refuses to take their telephone calls. It is unclear if they will get their money back and some have ended up in dire straits. Kees van Rijn, for instance, has been forced to move into his daughter's basement.

Roma outcry

France has deported hundreds of Roma, commonly known as gypsies, despite the EU's condemnation of the policy. The situation has led to an outcry among the various Roma communities around Europe. Now some members of the Dutch Christian Democratic party say they want to expel Roma from the Netherlands, if they break the law. So the Dutch Roma community is appealing for help from a surprising source, U.S. President Barack Obama.

Charlie Chaplin's things

Silent film star Charlie Chaplin was one of the world's first film legends. He achieved a level of fame that was unheard of before his time. He died in 1977 in Switzerland at the age of 88, but a number of his relatives moved to the Netherlands bringing some of his personal belongings with them. This week, some of those items were auctioned off at Christie's in Amsterdam.

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Life's savings lost


A group of 80 Dutch migrants to Canada say they have lost their life's savings as part of a ponsi scheme orchestrated by fellow Dutchman Harry Snoek Jr. Snoek apparently disappeared with their money and refuses to take their telephone calls. It is unclear if they will get their money back and some have ended up in dire straits. Kees van Rijn, for instance, has been forced to move into his daughter's basement.

Roma outcry

France has deported hundreds of Roma, commonly known as gypsies, despite the EU's condemnation of the policy. The situation has led to an outcry among the various Roma communities around Europe. Now some members of the Dutch Christian Democratic party say they want to expel Roma from the Netherlands, if they break the law. So the Dutch Roma community is appealing for help from a surprising source, U.S. President Barack Obama.

Charlie Chaplin's things

Silent film star Charlie Chaplin was one of the world's first film legends. He achieved a level of fame that was unheard of before his time. He died in 1977 in Switzerland at the age of 88, but a number of his relatives moved to the Netherlands bringing some of his personal belongings with them. This week, some of those items were auctioned off at Christie's in Amsterdam.

1 Comment To This Article

  • Francesco Sinibaldi posted:

    on 27th September 2010, 18:07:19 - Reply

    Le chant des feuilles désolées.

    Le calme de
    la première
    nostalgie m'appelle,
    quand le son
    de la neige
    encore disparaît;
    cette image
    invente un triste
    profil, le chant
    du soleil dans
    la voix de la
    mer....

    Francesco Sinibaldi