Posts Tagged ‘ Alexander Pechtold ’

Spy vs. ‘Spy’

November 26, 2013
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Spy vs. ‘Spy’

The Atlantic Alliance has been through many upheavals in its 65-odd years. Since June this year the revelations from Edward Snowden on the communications surveillance practices of the National Security Agency have placed the whole idea of ‘alliance’ in a new light. PRISM, XKeyscore, Special Collection Service. Merkel’s mobile. US embassies revealed as data-gathering vacuum-cleaners.…

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Hijab Hysteria and the Beatrix Roadshow

January 14, 2012
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[Thanks to RoyalBlog] Max Smeets and Giles Scott-Smith The Dutch Queen Beatrix received some serious media attention this week due to the Islamic-style headscarf (hijab) she was wearing while visiting mosques in Oman, as part of her state visit to Oman and the United Arab Emirates. For the Freedom Party (PVV) and its leader, Geert Wilders, this visit was…

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Netherlands-Iran III: Privatise Foreign Affairs

February 20, 2011
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Netherlands-Iran III: Privatise Foreign Affairs

[Ben Bot returning from Syria with the Dutch-Syrian children Sara and Ammar in 2004, after they were illegally taken out of the Netherlands by their father. Photo: NOS] Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal received more criticism for the handling of the Bahrami case last Friday, when a Q&A session in parliament revealed that on 12 January he had…

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Aftermath

March 4, 2010
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Aftermath

In Flux – Notes on the Dutch Local Elections Jovan Pronk The Dutch local elections provided a disappointing night for the Christian Democrats and the Socialist Party, moderate encouragement  for Labour, the Conservative-Liberals (VVD)  and the Liberal Democrats (D66), and disturbingly good  results for Wilders’ far-right Freedom Party (PVV). With a turn-out of just below…

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And the loser is…….

January 13, 2010
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And the loser is…….

Foto: Reuters With the cabinet in disarray following the presentation of the Davids report on Iraq and premier Balkenende’s lacklustre response yesterday, the Dutch parliament has called for an emergency debate this evening to assess the current state of play. D 66 leader Alexander Pechtold called for the debate because of the political chasm that…

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