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26/1 Youth have positive view of districts

24/1 Action groups call for Carmel and Jaffa boycott

24/1 PvdA members dismiss plan for districts

23/1 KLM takes on crisis with new uniform

23/1 District office not squatted

21/1 Merge districts

20/1 Closing squat bar Vrankrijk not necessary

20/1 Cleaners welcome new Schiphol director

18/1 Palestine at the Jewish Historical Museum

18/1 What is the right size for a district?

17/1 PvdA Oost against fewer districts

16/1 Committee: 7 districts by 2010

15/1 Soldiers may attend Afghanistan debate after all

15/1 Bait bike leads to arrest

14/1 Youth for Christ to republish vacancies

13/1 Paintings of the Zuidas

13/1 New Youth for Christ contoversy

11/1 Social cohesion initiative raises eyebrows

10/1 Fewer districts in 2010

10/1 Zuidas: People feel that we are losers

9/1 Fun on the ice - but not for all

9/1 Supermarket coupon fraud thwarted

9/1 I Amsterdam must remain exclusive

8/1 Use term Apartheid in every discussion

8/1 No city kiosk in Amsterdam yet

7/1 Snow

7/1 Fatima Elatik to run Zeeburg

7/1 Municipal managers to return to shop floor

4/1 Police: take photo of strange people

3/1 Gaza protest criticises politicians

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1/1 Mustapha Laboui leaves district council


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‘Elections! I am ready’

1 July 2006 – The Amsterdam Left shows little sympathy for the Balkenende Government, which fell last week as a result of the Hirsi Ali affair. Even the VVD, the conservative party which is part of the national government, at the local level seems not unhappy with the prospect of elections in November.

The extreme left SP party responded instantly to the government crisis by throwing a party at the Vondel Park last night. The action platform Turn the Tide follows suit by organising a party tomorrow night at the Westerdoksdijk.

The aldermen of Amsterdam are pleased as well, the Parool reported yesterday. Ahmed Aboutaleb of the social-democrat PvdA sees ‘opportunities for the city’. He feels that the Balkenende Government did not pay sufficient attention to urban problems.

Maarten van Poelgeest of the Green Left party thinks that some decisions can be made faster, if agreements can be negotiated when a new government is formed. For example, he hopes that a decision on the new twin city Amsterdam-Almere will be made faster.

Lodewijk Asscher (PvdA) hopes that the decision to privatise Schiphol Airport will be reversed. Incidentally, the Amsterdam Municipality, being a shareholder in the airport, can still veto that decision.

Even the VVD seems not to mind that the elections, originally due for May 2007, will now take place earlier. “Elections! I am ready”, writes party leader Eric van den Burg on his weblog.

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