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Whether this is "racism" depends on exactly how you define the word. The proposed measure does not refer to race, so by a strict reading it is not racist. It does mention "foreigners", but it doesn't specify any particular race of foreigner (presumed to mean a resident who is not a citizen). Furthermore citizens of whatever race are not included in this term....


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You list some factoids. Here are some responses Developed people have more to lose from adding people from less developed countries. This is especially true of countries with low inequality, as immigration increases the inequality in the near term. Happy people are less vulnerable to fear, not immune. Same thing for progressive people and liberated ...


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Below is a short quotation from an article in the Holland Sentinel ("Speaking Dutch in West Michigan"), published on 7 September 2008: U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Holland, came to the United States at age 3. He said he thinks he is the only Dutch speaker in Congress. He visits the Netherlands and speaks some Dutch.


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According to news reports, the four people travelled to The Hague on diplomatic passports in April which means that they were protected by diplomatic immunity and couldn’t be charged.


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The rally in Germany was officially canceled because of fire safety concerns, not for political reasons. That being said, there are currently at least three issues: The referendum is seen as another move towards a more authoritarian regime. Election campaigns by foreign nationals about divisive issues are not welcome in general. Turkey is currently ...


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Impact of having debt Public debt is the money that needs to be paid by the taxpayers (while the state ostensibly owes it and it's backed "by full faith and credit" of the state, in the end, in practice, it is paid out of revenues collected mainly via taxes; as that "credit" is on account of government's taxing power), which means that it is a direct ...


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They lose them If a list1 has more seats assigned to it than candidates to fill them, they lose the extra seats. Those seats are then divided among the other parties with more candidates than seats in the same way the fractional seats are assigned. That's why parties have long lists, even if the expectations are way lower. There are two other reasons I ...


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In 2011, the 'expert committee on list systems' came up with a report, 'Drugs in lists' (unfortunately I cannot find the full report). That report was offered to the minister for health and a news item by the government contained the following part on keeping XTC on List I (i.e. classifying it as a hard drug): "As regards MDMA, better known as XTC, the ...


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It's not customary for a businesses to complain to the European Council. They can lobby it for new rules but its role is limited. The regular procedure to dispute a Commission decision of the kind you are alluding to is to bring the matter to the Court of Justice of the European Union (first to the General Court and, potentially, to the Court of Justice, ...


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Currently the far-right nationalists are on the rise all over Europe. In France there is the Front National, in Germany there is the AfD, in Poland there is PiS etc.. The main two reasons are: The European financial crisis made many people skeptical of the future of the European Union, so some people wonder if putting the interests of their own country ...


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As specified by the Kieswet, the law governing elections, any registered party can deliver a list of candidates (see this question for details) in each district (kieskring)¹. When people cast their vote, they vote for: A list (in the example, numbered 1–28). (optional) Preferentially for a candidate on that list. If a voter chooses a list but no candidate,...


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The current law states (in Dutch) Artikel H 6 [..] Op dezelfde lijst mogen de namen van ten hoogste vijftig kandidaten worden geplaatst. Op dezelfde lijst van een politieke groepering wier aanduiding was geplaatst boven een kandidatenlijst waaraan bij de laatstgehouden verkiezing van de leden van het desbetreffende vertegenwoordigend orgaan meer dan ...


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In Dutch elections, any party can register for participation and present a list of candidates. For the 2017 elections, 81 parties initially registered; 31 of those have delivered a list of candidates; 28 met requirements to take part in at least one electoral district, 16 parties take part in all 20 electoral districts. There is no legal requirement that ...


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Neither. The question is based on a false premise alltogether - there is no evidence that legalization in any way correlates with increased trafficking, even the people making the claims are forced to acknowledge that. I addressed that earlier on Skeptics.SE: even the vocal proponents of the theory have zero data to back them up: Yet they quickly add that ...


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Formally, the House is dissolved by Royal Decision (Koninklijk Besluit), which effectively means by cabinet decision. No vote is needed in the House. (Constitution, Art 64) There are also exceptional grounds; the House is also dissolved as part of a constitutional change or if the King would die without a successor.


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This answer is certain to be the demographics of the Dutch citizens living abroad, but let's look at the context to narrow it down. I'm going to focus mostly on the political Left as I'm seeing the reverse for GroenLinks (the Green Left party). Historically, the left side of the Dutch political spectrum used to be the PvdA as the big labour party, with ...


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The Leefbaarometer describes its methodology in this pdf (in Dutch), and the tables on pages 77-79 seem to show the effect of each indicator on the overall score. From what I can understand, the "model 4" is the one actually used. But all models considered count high numbers of non-western allochtoons negatively towards livability, independently of ...


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I'm using UK data, as it is easier for me to obtain. I'm also assuming that "XTC" is your slang for "ecstacy" or MDMA, a proscribed drug from the amphetamine family. In the UK in the years 2007-2016 there was an average of 38 deaths per year (see table 6b)in which MDMA/ecstacy was named on the death certificate as a cause of death. There may have been other ...


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Yes. In British Columbia, Canada, it is possible for a baby to have three parents on the birth certificate. For example, National Post: A Vancouver baby has three parents named on her birth certificate, the first under new B.C. legislation that allows up to four legal parents. Della Wolf Kangro Wiley Richards, three months old, became the legal daughter of ...


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The Dutch constitution differs from the USA Constitution in many ways. As a starter, almost every right in the Dutch constitution has the clause "unless otherwise stipulated by law" or a similar limitation. As a result, many claims that a proposal contradicts the constitution, do not contradict it in a legal sense. As an example, article 9 is about the ...


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