Dutch PM insists on big cuts to culture

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Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte insists that the coalition government must save 200 million euros in the cultural field. But in a statement to parliament Mr Rutte said that the government is prepared to talk with the House on alternative ways of saving the money to the ones it has already proposed.

The government programme includes a controversial plan to scrap the subsidy to the Netherlands Broadcasting Music Centre, which would mean the end of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Radio Chamber Philharmonic, the Netherlands Radio Choir and the Metropole Orchestra.

Several oppsition parties asked Mr Rutte on Wednesday to reconsider the austerity targets. Under the government plans, cuts in most areas would amount to between six and eight percent of total expenditure, but in the performing arts the proposed cuts are far more drastic.

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