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Support for development aid and nuclear power continues to shrink

Friday 01 February 2013

Only 22% of the population thinks more money should be spent on development aid, compared with 50% in 2006, the national statistics office CBS said on Friday.

The contrast is clearest within the two coalition parties. Just 7% of the right-wing VVD say more money should go to aid projects, compared with over 30% of Labour voters.

The new coalition agreed to slash the aid budget by €1bn from next year, taking the Netherlands below the UN target of 0.7% of GDP.

The new CBS survey also shows just 20% of voters favour building more nuclear power stations. In 2010, one third of the population backed an expansion of nuclear power.

The figures are contained in the latest CBS voter survey, which canvassed public opinion on the big issues shortly after the general election.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Just more evidence of the back-ward thinking that has been infecting the entire Netherlands for years. There is NOTHING wrong with nuclear power, it is perfectly safe (and better for the environment) if humans take the correct precautions when building. There is the problem of nuclear waste, of course, but solutions can be found for that if we put our minds to it. We only need the motivation.

By Stupid | 1 February 2013 7:41 PM

EVERYTHING is wrong with nuclear power. I am very happy that more and more countries are seeing that. The only forward thinking is renewable energy.

By pepe | 1 February 2013 9:50 PM

The money going to development aid in NL needs to be accounted for 100%. Unfortunately - like so many other things in the news about the Netherlands recently - most of this money is not being used or managed with much efficiency. There is a ridiculous amount of waste and much of the money ear marked for 'development aid' really goes to some highly over-payed already wealthy Dutch executive. This really needs to be looked into deeply. I think a lot of money can be cut from this area and NL can still make the same amount of positive difference it does now.
I'm not a fan of nuclear energy. I'm a fan of simply use much less energy.

By B | 2 February 2013 10:20 AM

We keep hearing about the future being in the BRICS countries. Well they should start do more now while the Netherlands does not increase or DECREASE aid. Win win as I see it.

By Neo | 2 February 2013 2:16 PM

Risk that a solar or wind "power station" failure would create a damage lasting for centuries equals zero. Fukushima and Tschernobyl did prove that it is not so for nuclear power. Perfect human beings are getting rare nowadays.
Plus you do or do NOT produce deadly waste. True costs of nuclear energy are not carried by private companies. So it is neither safe nor cheap.
And what was developed for all the development aid? Except for monopoly for dutch veg?

By Max | 3 February 2013 2:11 AM

Up until recently, NL aid to other countries was given from a surplus of taxes. Most foreign aid is not donated to other countries without a view to a, 'we must get something back from them later' policy.
Most foreign aid might seem charitable, but in fact is more likely to be a long term investment.

Obviously the investment in nuclear energy, safe or not, is limited due to the oil oligarchy minority that continue their levy against our freedom of choice: power & wealth knows nothing about democracy, only greed. :P

By The visitor | 3 February 2013 2:26 PM

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