Category: Politics

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Is Islamophobia welcome in Utrecht?

Supporters of the far-right Islamophobic group Pegida staged an anti-Islam demonstration outside the Abi Bakr Issidik Mosque Utrecht last Wednesday. The demonstration was held outside the Mosque, frequented by members of the Moroccan community,...

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Utrecht, are you ready for Brexit?

Being fully engaged with all things Dutch, I was reading the website Rijksoverheid.nl to learn more about just what is going on in The Netherlands. As the website tells us, Rijksoverheid.nl is the joint...

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Brexit arrangements welcome in Utrecht

I was reading  DutchNews.nl and was interested to learn how the Netherlands is dealing with Brexit. In good news for UK nationals living in the Netherlands, they will soon be officially informed that they...

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Utrecht to face Brexit Tax

If as seems likely the UK continues in its monumental act of self harm and leaves the EU, perhaps the British government should ask them selves about the damage they are doing to other...

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Utrecht ExPats to get a boost

The current Expat Centre in the municipal office will be renamed the International Welcome Centre Utrecht Region from the start of 2019. It is hoped that the Welcome Centre will be more open and...

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Are the Dutch Racist? Is Utrecht Racist?

I read this headline today on “Dutch Review” Racist comments cause columnist to have to leave her position Racism in the Netherlands. I thought could this still be happening? And in The Netherlands? This abuse...

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Mayor of Utrecht, Working for You

I was pleased that Jan van Zanen, mayor of Utrecht, was able to take time from his busy work schedule to speak to us at Utrecht Central. Jan van Zanen was born in 1961,...

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Should Utrecht Ban Burqa?

I think it is reassuring that in the 21st Century, Utrecht, will not be giving top  priority to enforcing the proposed new anti-burqa law, especially when there are so many more important things to...

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IND fans Brexit flames

As if the thought of Brexit was not enough with all the scare stories in the right wing British press, we now have the unhelpful news the Dutch immigration service IND website that warned...

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Russia threatens Dutch society

According to minister of Defence, Ank Bijleveld, The Netherlands is in a “cyber war” with the Russians. Recently the Netherlands foiled a Russian hack attack on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons...

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Brexit Benefits

Brexit It gets better and better. The benefits of Brexit seem endless, just like the queues will be at Schipol Airport it seems. We Brits have achieved such a wonderful feat. Leave Europe, alienate...

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Russian Hackers in The Netherlands

After the Russian Governments intervention in Salisbury where they were suspected of being the poisoners of the Skripals and then their farcical denial of the poisoner’s identities, they have the nerve to repeat the...