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    Dutch PinkPop festival: Man held over hit-and-run death

    A man has handed himself in to police after a van ploughed into a group of people near a Dutch music festival, killing one of them.

    The 35-year-old man who died in the early hours of Monday was a local festival volunteer, organisers said.

    Three other people were critically injured in the incident, hours after the three-day Pinkpop festival ended.

    The 34-year-old man in custody is being held on suspicion of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter.

    He was arrested 140 miles (220km) away in the capital, Amsterdam, after contacting police.

    The incident took place shortly after 04:00 (02:00 GMT) in Landgraaf in the south-eastern Dutch province of Limburg. Police were unable to say whether or not the collision was an accident or deliberate.

    The festival, attended by tens of thousands of fans, had come to an end hours before with a performance by singer Bruno Mars.

    Many of the fans had camped in the area overnight and the collision took place close to one of the campsites a short distance from the festival.

    The van had been driven away from the scene prompting a search across the border into Belgium and Germany. It was several hours before police said they had found the vehicle abandoned on the street where the collision had happened.

    The organisers behind the festival said in a statement posted to Facebook that they were "deeply shocked" by the news.

    The head of Pinkpop Jan Smeets said it was the first death in the festival's 49-year history. "It's really terrible, that such a great party should come to such an abrupt end," he said.
    Dutch PinkPop festival: Man held over hit-and-run death

    A man has handed himself in to police after a van ploughed into a group of people near a Dutch music festival, killing one of them.

    The 35-year-old man who died in the early hours of Monday was a local festival vol...See more
    Dutch PinkPop festival: Man held over hit-and-run death - BBC News
    Dutch PinkPop festival: Man held over hit-and-run death - BBC News
    Police arrest a suspect after a vehicle hit four people at the end of the Pinkpop music festival
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    Geert Wilders anti-Islam party holds contest to draw cartoons of Muslim Prophet Mohammad

    AN ANTI-ISLAM party is to hold a competition to draw cartoons depicting Prophet Mohammad, a move that is set to create outrage among the most fervent Muslims in the country.

    The contest, launched by the Dutch Party for Freedom, will be held in the party’s offices in the Netherlands' parliament.

    The competition has received the go-ahead from the country’s Counter-terrorism Agency NCTV, as announced on Twitter by the party leader Geert Wilders.

    On Tuesday he wrote: “Dutch Counter-terrorism Agency NCTV gives green light to Muhammad cartoon contest in secured PVV quarters of Dutch Parliament later this year.

    “So that’s what we’re going to do and organize! With cartoonist/ex-Muslim Bosch Fawstin!
    “Freedom of speech is most important of all!!”

    But it will likely inflame relations between the party and the Islamic community.

    Depicting the image of Prophet Mohammad is consider blasphemy among many followers of Islam.

    In 2015, Islamist terrorists killed 12 people at the newsroom of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo after it printed cartoons of Mohammad.

    In 2005, the publication of a dozen drawings depicting the Prophet in Danish magazine Jyllands-Posten led to violent protests across the Muslim world.

    And American cartoonist Molly Norris has been deemed a “prime target” for execution by Islamic extremist after depicting the likeness of the prophet on several items.

    But this history of controversy has not stopped Mr Wilders from launching the competition.

    Mr Wilders already voiced his desire to hold the contest in 2015, after he attended as a speaker the “Draw Muhammed” competition in Texas, USA.

    His anti-Islam leader’s party was one of the populist forces that gained millions of votes in Europe in 2017.

    In March 15 last year, the party became the main opposition force in the Netherlands, gaining 13.1 per cent of the votes and 20 seats in parliament.

    Openly anti-Muslim, Mr Wilders has called for a series of measures to “stop Islamification”, including outlawing the Koran and putting a tax on the Hijab, a head covering worn in public by Muslim women.

    The populist party calls for the closure of borders and takes inspiration from US President Donald Trump’s doctrine of “America first”, claiming the interests of Dutch people should come before those of immigrants.

    In the run up to the 2017 Netherlands’ elections, Mr Wilders said: “This is our vision and these are the main strands I am not going to promise voters anything apart from this.

    “We will make the Netherlands ours again, we will close the borders and all that money we send abroad – to Africa, to Brussels, to Greece, to asylum-seekers in the Netherlands.”
    Geert Wilders anti-Islam party holds contest to draw cartoons of Muslim Prophet Mohammad

    AN ANTI-ISLAM party is to hold a competition to draw cartoons depicting Prophet Mohammad, a move that is set to create outrage among the most fervent Muslims in the country.

    The co...See more
    Dutch anti-Islam party to hold competition to draw cartoons of Muslim Prophet Mohammad | World | News | Express.co.uk
    Dutch anti-Islam party to hold competition to draw cartoons of Muslim Prophet Mohammad | World | News | Express.co.uk
    AN ANTI-ISLAM party is to hold a competition to draw cartoons depicting Prophet Mohammad, a move that is set to create outrage among the most fervent Muslims in the country.
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    Dutch education officials move to stop spread of English, flood of foreign students

    Education officials in the Netherlands have expressed concern about the number of Dutch university courses taught in English. But the country's education minister has warned against becoming too inward-looking.

    "We must not let ourselves be scared by stories in which internationalization is something negative which is swamping us," Dutch Education Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven said on Monday. Her comments came amid calls from some of her colleagues to rein in the spread of courses taught in English. Many claimed that the Dutch language is under threat.

    "I represent an open Dutch society in which we dare to look beyond the borders," van Engelshoven said.

    International students are attracted to studying the Netherlands by the large number of degree courses taught in English — the largest in continental Europe — and low tuition fees for EEA nationals. While most bachelor's degrees in the Netherlands are taught in Dutch, 74 percent of master's courses are offered in English. About a quarter of students obtaining a master's are foreigners. Critics fear that they will displace Dutch students.

    The Netherlands' largest lecturers' union, Beter Onderwijs Nederland (BON), warned of the looming "linguicide" of the Dutch language if the trend continues. It is suing the University of Twente and the University of Maastricht for "anglicizing" courses without a valid reason. Two master's degree psychology courses are offered exclusively in English by both universities, something BON says is an "impoverishment" and a "dangerous abandonment" of the Dutch language, according to the Volkskrant.

    Van Engelshoven said she wants to make sure that university courses are offered in English for the right reasons, such as adding value and providing benefits to the labor market.

    Dutch is spoken by about 22 million people worldwide. It is the official language of the Netherlands, Belgium, Suriname in South America and the Dutch Antilles.
    Dutch education officials move to stop spread of English, flood of foreign students

    Education officials in the Netherlands have expressed concern about the number of Dutch university courses taught in English. But the country's education minister has warned against becoming too inwar...See more
    Dutch education officials move to stop spread of English, flood of foreign students | News | DW | 04.06.2018
    Dutch education officials move to stop spread of English, flood of foreign students | News | DW | 04.06.2018
    Education officials in the Netherlands have expressed concern about the number of Dutch university courses taught in English. But the country's education minister has warned against becoming too inward-looking.
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