The Unheard Kaasschaaf edition – Week 17, 2023
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Prime minister Mark Rutte once again apologised to the people of Groningen for how they have been treated by the government over the past decades and pledged €22.5 billion of investments in the province to compensate for physical and mental damage. Climate minister Rob Jetten gave details of the cabinet’s €30 billion plans to tackle climate change, while an extra €2 billion is being invested to solve the asylum and migration crisis to avoid a repeat of last summer when hundreds of asylum seekers had to sleep in tents. After a very expensive week, finance minister Sigrid Kaag warned that the government is reaching the end of its deep pockets but is applying a typically Dutch solution to bring the budget back on track. In other news, criminal lawyer Inez Weski was arrested after she allegedly helped a client communicate with the outside world from his cell in the extra security prison in Vught, the NS is considering increasing train ticket prices in rush hour and broadcaster Ongehoord Nederland might see its license revoked after spreading conspiracy theories and fake news.
Ophef: Ongehoord Nederland broadcasting license might be revoked – NPO wil dat vergunning Ongehoord Nederland wordt ingetrokken na derde boete (nos.nl)
Government allocates €22.5 billion to pay Groningen ‘debt of honour’
Crime boss lawyer arrested, accused of spreading suspect’s messages
Lawyer Inez Weski remanded in custody, drops Taghi defence
Cabinet allocates €28bn to slashing CO2 emissions
Free childcare postponed to 2027, as government cuts spending
NL uses potentially biased algorithm for visa applications
Fewer new refugees arrive in Q1 than at the end of last year
NS may charge more for peak travel from 2025
Chilly but sunny start to King’s Day after a busy night of partying
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