Dutch government plows ahead with aid cuts

Dutch Minister of Finance Jeroen Dijsselbloem speaks to the press. Dijsselbloem announced the 2015 budget, which revealed a drop in the allocated funding for development cooperation. Photo by: EU Council Eurozone / CC BY-NC-ND

For the first time in years, foreign affairs dominated the troonrede, the Dutch monarchy’s annual speech to parliament, which, among other things, presents the government’s national budget for the coming year.

“The summer of 2014 demonstrated the fragility of freedom and security,” King Willem-Alexander stressed in his speech, referring to the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers and crew, including 196 Dutch nationals.

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  • Diederik kramers

    Diederik Kramers

    Diederik Kramers is a freelance correspondent in Brussels covering EU and NATO affairs. A former spokesperson and communications officer for UNICEF and UNHCR, he previously worked as foreign desk and Eastern Europe editor for the Dutch press agency ANP and as editor-in-chief of the Dutch quarterly Ukraine Magazine.