Video: Dutch news roundup, 29 May 2010
The political campaigning for the 9 June parliamentary election swung into high gear this week.
Two television debates were held. The first debate was between Labour, the Dutch Freedom Party, the Christian Democrats and the liberal VVD party. The second debate also included the Green Left party, the Christian Union, the Socialist Party and the liberal-left D66 party.
When politics divide
The election campaign is highlighting an ever-growing polarisation of Dutch society. American professor James Kennedy teaches Dutch history at the University of Amsterdam. He says the seeming polarisation is a byproduct of diminishing trust in the political establishment.
Suspected pirates on trial
The first European trial of Somali pirates began in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam. The 5 suspects allegedly tried to hijack an Dutch Antillean-flagged cargo ship in January. They were captured up by a Danish naval vessel and brought to the Netherlands.