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  • Editors-in-chief of major Slovak newspapers and news broadcasters have issued a joint statement:

    “The murder of a journalist is a serious sign that the crime is turning against one of the most important pillars of freedom: the freedom of speech and the right of the public to control the powerful and those violating the law.”

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  • “Honestly I don’t have energy to talk about the racial violence of white people any more. Yes ALL white people. Because most of ya’ll don’t even realise or refuse to acknowledge that your existence, privilege and success as a race is built on the backs, blood and death of people of colour. Your entire existence is drenched in racism.”
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  • The Dutch referendum is KIA. In a vote on 22 February, the Dutch Parliament (Tweede Kamer) voted to abolish the possibility to organise a so-called ‘advisory referendum’, by a one-vote Parliamentary majority. The decision by the government to abolish the referendum has been questioned by the opposition. The opposition is especially critical of government manoeuvres intended to make sure no referendum can be called on the abolishment of the referendum.
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  • “Only 1 in 9 criminal groups can be confronted with the present available manpower and means.”

    “‘The last 25 years, I have seen small-time dealers grow into large contractors who have good contacts in politics, and into so-called respected investors,’ (Bert, detective)”

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  • What follows is a rather embarrassing interview, where Zijlstra tries to argue that he didn’t intend to either glorify himself, or get the story to circulate widely. That he tried to distance himself from it, when it was used to suggest he had foreign experience. But as De Volkskrant points out, he never, until now, outright said he wasn’t there with Putin.
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  • “Yes, we are observing a real ‘Swissness’-trend. The pride of the country increases. Even the identification as a citizen of Switzerland increases. That’s a new phenomenon, while we do not observe a European identity anywhere.”
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  • So, basically, the economists who predicted mayhem are disappointed that it didn’t happen as it obstructs their political ideals, now predict a “slow strangling of the economy” that they seem to find objectionable, because it will not help them stop, or reverse, Brexit.
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  • “Anne Frank stands for tolerance and a friendly joining of different cultures, which is important in times like this. No matter how different the persons selected are, they have something in common: they were curious about the world.”
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  • It is a symbolic battle, but the signal it sends is a worrying one. For months now, a discussion has raged in Germany about the Alterpräsident. Traditionally, the Alterpräsident or ‘Father of the House’ is the oldest member of German Parliament (now Bundestag), who presides over Parliament during its first meeting, until a president has been elected.
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