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Unveiling Netherlands' Budget Plan

Boys from the village of Staphorst wearing traditional suits and wooden shoes, one clutching a plastic bag with sandwiches, pause to eat breakfast on their way to attend celebrations marking the official opening of the new parliamentary year with a speech outlining the government's plan and budget policies for the year ahead in The Hague, Netherlands.

New Dutch King Delivers Message: Welfare State is a Thing of the Past


King Willem-Alexander is traveling in a gilded horse-drawn carriage to

the 13th-century Hall of Knights in The Hague for his first official

address to Dutch lawmakers but his message is decidedly modern: More

budget cuts are coming.




Reporting by Toby Sterling, Associated Press.