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2009-10-27 07:42:35

On Monday the Japanese head of state made a diplomatic but earnest plea for Netherlands' authorities to take punitive measures against a Dutch-registered sea vessel used by the radical environmentalist group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to harass Japanese whaling ships in the waters of the Antarctic. Shortly into his four-day trip to the country, newly-elected Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama met with Dutch premier Jan Peter Balkenende and made a direct request that his government...

2006-07-01 11:51:21

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Netherlands will hold national elections in November after the collapse of Jan Peter Balkenende's centre-right government, the General Affairs Ministry said on Saturday. Balkenende tendered his coalition government's resignation on Friday after a small party quit the administration over the handling of a Somali-born legislator's citizenship by the immigration minister. The ministry said in a statement a caretaker government would be formed with advice from...

2006-06-30 12:08:18

By Lucas van Grinsven AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The collapse of the Dutch centre-right government over immigration policy will lead to an opposition Labour victory in early elections, probably in September or October, an opinion poll showed on Friday. Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende tendered the government's resignation to Queen Beatrix on Friday, after one of his coalition parties withdrew its support over the handling of the citizenship of a Somali-born Dutch lawmaker. The queen...

2006-06-30 01:35:14

By Wendel Broere AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende is set to hand in his government's resignation on Friday, after the ruling coalition fell apart over the handling of the citizenship of a Somali-born Dutch lawmaker. The third collapse of a government since 2002 comes amid rising public concerns over immigration and security. Such concerns helped Balkenende's centre-right government take power, albeit through a fragile coalition, in 2003. New elections...

2006-06-30 00:07:59

By Wendel Broere AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende is set to hand in his government's resignation on Friday, after the ruling coalition fell apart over the handling of the citizenship of a Somali-born Dutch lawmaker. The third collapse of a government since 2002 comes amid rising public concerns over immigration and security. Such concerns helped Balkenende's centre-right government take power, albeit through a fragile coalition, in 2003. New elections...

2006-06-29 17:15:33

By Wendel Broere AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende announced the resignation of his centre-right government on Thursday after a row over the immigration minister prompted a party to quit the ruling coalition. The smallest government member, D66, had withdrawn its support and its two ministers resigned over Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk's handling of a probe into the citizenship of a Somali-born Dutch politician. "Following this, the remaining...

2006-06-29 15:40:04

By Wendel Broere AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende announced the resignation of his centre-right government on Thursday after a row over the immigration minister prompted a party to quit the ruling coalition. The smallest government member, D66, had withdrawn its support and its two ministers resigned over the row related to Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk's tough stance on the citizenship of a Somali-born Dutch politician. "Following this, the...

2006-03-18 14:00:42

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Dutch government is furious after an Italian minister this week branded the country's euthanasia laws as akin to the policies of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, according to Dutch news agency ANP. Dutch Prime Minister Balkenende is expected to raise the matter with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi next week at a European summit, ANP said. "This is scandalous and unacceptable... it is not the way to get along in Europe," Balkenende said on Friday....

2006-02-02 18:32:23

By Wendel Broere AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch lawmakers on Thursday voted in favor of sending up to 1,400 troops to Afghanistan after being pressed by NATO allies to join their deployment in the country's south and allow some U.S. forces to withdraw. "The bill has been accepted," the parliamentary speaker said after observing that the largest parties had voted in favor. The decision helps NATO expand its forces in the country. It was delayed from last year because of reservations...

2005-10-27 07:03:41

By Nicola Leske AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A fire killed 11 people and injured 15 at a detention center at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport housing suspected drugs traffickers and illegal immigrants early on Thursday, Dutch police said. The cause of the fire, which began shortly after midnight and took several hours to bring under control, was not immediately known. A Justice Ministry spokesman said police were investigating allegations by detainees that guards had initially not taken...


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'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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