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US envoy says Dutch populist 'against shared values'

Populist politician Geert Wilders' promise of "fewer Moroccans" in the Netherlands conflicts with shared Dutch-US values, newly appointed US ambassador to The Hague Timothy Broas said on Thursday. The platinum-haired Wilders faced a storm of protest and an exodus from his far-right party after he last week promised chanting supporters he would arrange for there to be fewer Moroccans in the country. Wilders' anti-Moroccan cheerleading "was in conflict with the values shared by the Netherlands and the United States," Dutch news agency ANP quoted Broas as saying.

Dutch ruling coalition slammed in local elections; Labor loses Amsterdam after 65 years on top

AMSTERDAM - Parties in the Netherlands' centrist ruling coalition have suffered major losses in local elections. Perhaps most dramatically, junior member Labor lost its grip on power in Amsterdam for the first time in 65 years. Although Wednesday's municipal elections focused on local issues, the results released Thursday reflect dissatisfaction with the austerity policies of conservative Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his Labor Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem.

Murderer of Dutch anti-immigration politician receives probation

THE HAGUE, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- The person who assassinated anti-immigration politician Pim Fortuyn in 2002 will be out on probation before Feb. 1 2014, the Dutch Council for the Administration of Criminal Justice and Protection of Juveniles ruled Tuesday. In October, State Secretary for Security and Justice Fred Teeven refused his probation proposal, but Van der Graaf appealed against this decision. The Dutch populist politician Pim Fortuyn founded his own party and became popular in the Netherlands with his anti-immigration discourse.

Dutch teen footballers jailed for kicking linesman to death

By Svebor Kranjc LELYSTAD, The Netherlands (Reuters) - A Dutch court found six teenage footballers and a player's father guilty on Monday of beating an amateur linesman to death, an incident that shocked the nation and prompted soul-searching over soccer violence and race. Linesman Richard Nieuwenhuizen, 41, was attacked by the soccer players - mostly of Moroccan origin - while he was officiating at an under-17 match at Almere, near Amsterdam.

Returning jihadists prompt Dutch to raise terror threat

Dutch authorities on Wednesday raised the threat of a terror attack to "substantial", saying the increased risk stemmed mainly from radicalised jihadists returning from fighting in the Middle East, specifically Syria. "The number of those jihadists travelling from the Netherlands to Syria has rapidly increased," the National Counterterrorist and Safety Coordinator (NCTV) said in a statement.

Swedish minister says number of immigrants too high

Sweden's immigration minister has told a newspaper that Sweden needs to tighten rules for asylum seekers and other would-be immigrants to reduce the number of people coming into the country. "Today Sweden is one of the countries that receives the most immigrants in the EU. That's not sustainable," Tobias Billstroem told the Saturday edition of the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

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