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Finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem presented the cabinet’s 2015 spending plans to parliament on Tuesday, stressing the need for continued caution in the light of international turbulence.
Few major new policy measures were announced by ministers on Tuesday and much of the key economic information had already been leaked. Here is a summary of the main points:
King Willem-Alexander has spoken of his sorrow at July's Malaysian Airways plane crash, which, he said, has given a tinge of sadness to the traditional budget day ceremony.

2015 budget: Opposition parties unimpressed with the king's speech
The opposition parties in parliament were unimpressed with the budget delivered on Tuesday afternoon, even the three 'friendly' parties who have been working with the government.

Anti-bullying law is unnecessary: report
The anti-bullying law is completely unnecessary and should be rethought, the education council Onderwijsraad said in a report on Tuesday.

Rare birds stolen from Dutch zoo
Over 30 tropical birds have been stolen from the Avifauna bird park in Alphen aan den Rijn. The bird park says the thieves appear to have known what they were doing and mainly took valuable breeding pairs.

Women over 70 should not be screened for breast cancer: research
Women over 70 years of age should no longer be screened for breast cancer, the Leiden university medical centre LUMC said on Tuesday.

Stress forces Marco van Basten to quit as AZ coach
Marco van Basten is stepping down as head coach at Alkmaar Eredivisie football club AZ, after weeks of uncertainty about his position.

Dutch banks miss out on CoCo hype
Dutch banks have missed out on millions of euros that could help buttress their finances by not buying CoCo bonds, the Financieele Dagblad reports on Tuesday.

Gouda boy, 15, 'has gone to Syria'
A 15-year-old boy from Gouda is said to have gone to Syria, leaving a farewell message for friends on his Facebook page, the AD reports.

Delta Lloyd appoints new CEO
Hans van der Noordaa has been appointed the new CEO of Delta Lloyd, the insurance group announced on Tuesday.

Barbecue meat is full of bacteria and not animal friendly
The meat packaged up and sold for barbecues by supermarkets is not animal friendly, contaminated with potentially harmful bacteria and sometimes even nearly rotten, according to research by animal welfare group Wakker Dier.

Dutch get second representative in European Commission cabinet
A top Dutch EU civil servant is set to become a member of the new European Commission cabinet under Jean-Claude Juncker, according to the Financieele Dagblad on Tuesday.

After Leiden and Utrecht, now Amsterdam is a best Dutch university
Six Dutch universities are again included in the top 100 list compiled by the QS World University Rankings, one of a plethora of attempts to rank academic organisations around the globe.

The Hague ready for 200th budget presentation, king's speech
The cabinet presents its 2015 spending plans on Tuesday afternoon against a backdrop of cautious economic growth and improved confidence in ministers.

Confidence in government doubles in one year - to 32%
Almost one in three people in the Netherlands now has confidence in the government, compared with just 14% a year ago.

South African charity refunds Dutch rhino poaching prevention cash
A South African charity has refunded €1.5m to the Dutch Postcode Lottery after admitting its campaign to inpregnate rhino horns with poison and dye to make them unpopular with poachers is not working.

Heineken kidnapper Holleeder again named in gangland killing probe
The public prosecution department has begun a new investigation into the involvement of convicted kidnapper and blackmailer Willem Holleeder in three gangland killings, Dutch media say on Monday.

Geert Wilders draws up a law to preserve Zwarte Piet
The anti-immigration PVV is drawing up legislation which would ensure Zwarte Piet, Sinterklaas's servant, remains black and that songs remain unmodernised.

Exports and retail sales rose in July
Exports from the Netherlands to the rest of the world rose by 4.1% in July compared with the year earlier period, the national statistics office CBS said on Monday.

Spanish authorities reopen Dutchman's rape case
The authorities in Spain are looking into a possible miscarriage of justice in which a Dutch national was jailed for 15 years for three violent rapes.

Big city estate agents focus on expat rentals
Real estate agents are increasingly focusing on renting property to expats and international workers because it is such a lucrative market, Metro reports on Monday.

Dutch doctors to stay in quarantine over ebola fears
Two Dutch doctors who have returned to the Netherlands after being exposed to the ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone are being looked after in a special quarantine unit at Leiden University's teaching hospital.

Work starts on 'world's biggest' underground bike park in Utrecht
Work began on Monday on constructing what is claimed to be the world's biggest underground bike park next to Utrecht's main railway station.

By 2019, half the Dutch population will be over the age of 50
Within the next five years, the over-50s will account for more than half the population of the Netherlands, the national statistics office CBS said on Monday.

Heineken confirms it rejected SABMiller bid 'to preserve heritage'
Dutch brewing group Heineken has confirmed it was approached by SABMiller about a possible sale but that it rejected the offer.

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Be grateful and denounce IS?
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Why should ordinary Muslims be asked to denounce IS, 'megaphone in hand', asks Nourdine Tighadouini.
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