The heir to the Dutch throne makes a “personal” decision to distance himself from a group criticized nationwide for misogyny.
Princess Amalia of Orange , 18, has decided not to join the Amsterdam University Student Association (ASC/AVSV, in its Dutch acronym) for the time being, thus breaking a family tradition with this type of brotherhood that goes back to his great-grandmother, Queen Juliana. The heiress to the throne of the Netherlands will study in the Dutch capital from next September and this is the group that would correspond to her. However, she has made the decision after the sexist speeches made during a party held last July by its members generated a wave of criticism on a national scale. The information service of the royal house (RVD) has confirmed Princess Amalia’s decision to public television, and has described it as “personal”.
The ASC/AVSV association, to which in addition to the students of the University of Amsterdam those of the Free University (VU) —also in the Dutch capital— and those of the polytechnic (Hoge school) can sign up, already lost last year the subsidy it receives from the rectorate to carry out its activities.
So, it was due to the violence of the hazing to which the new partners are subjected. This course, the initiation rituals have been suspended. Scandals due to humiliating treatment in an educational center are also a problem in other countries and for other European royalty. This is the case of the crown princes of Denmark, Federico and Mary, who last June announced that they have decided to change schools for their 16-year-old eldest son, Christian. The young prince will no longer study at the Herlufsholm boarding school, an official report uncovers cases of bullying and harassment. Located about 90 kilometers from Copenhagen, and with a good reputation to date, both brothers will now attend other schools.
In the biography on the Dutch princess Amalia, which appeared in 2021, its author, Claudia de Breij, pointed out that the young woman hoped to enjoy the full experience of the university stage. She wanted to “belong to a student association and live in a house with other students”, as she said.
Her current resignation shows, however, that she is attentive to what is happening in Dutch society, since becoming a member of these groups is not mandatory. In the case of ASD/AVSV, both the president of the board and three of its male members resigned as soon as misogynistic comments made during the party held on July 24 came to light. That day, the three now-separated students said, among other things, that “women are buckets of semen.” It was also proposed to “break their necks to penetrate them”, and they were called “whores”, in chorus, during a meal. The leaking of a video of the celebration generated a wave of criticism, and 270 students published a letter of rejection.
Amalia de Orange is diligent and passed secondary school with an average grade of 8. Technically, she obtained a diploma cum laude . She at the University of Amsterdam will pursue a three-year degree (Bachelor) in Politics, Economics, Law and Psychology., which requires a selection process. In her family, membership in student associations goes back to her great-grandmother, Queen Juliana, followed by her grandmother, Queen Beatrix.
Her father, King William, now on the throne, also did, although it was not his intention. According to Peter Rehwinkel, an expert on constitutional law, when William of the Netherlands was crown prince, he “would have preferred not to join a university brotherhood.” “He didn’t want to study at Leiden University either, where future sovereigns used to do it, but he ended up doing both,” Rehwinkel told Dutch television.
As for the place chosen to live, Amalia wanted to reside with other university classmates, although she knew that in her case security measures had to be taken into account. Right now, the shortage of student rooms across the countryit is notorious and the educational centers themselves advise those enrolled to postpone their studies, or even cancel their enrollment, if they do not find accommodation before the start of the course.
Amalia de Orange will not have these problems. As indicated on her Twitter account by Rick Evers, information expert of the Dutch royal house, the princess will live in a house next to the canals of Amsterdam that is owned by some friends of her parents, the kings Guillermo and Máxima. . At the end of May, RVD spokesmen stated that the space chosen during this stage would be rented to its owners.
Dogger, “Amsterdam’s oldest houseboat” with a history of 134 years, was removed from the Prinsengracht Canal
Built in 1865, the Dogger was a vessel that carried potable water to Amsterdam’s breweries before being placed on the Prinsengracht Canal in 1888. According to current owner Jeroen Elsen, the Dogger is uninsurable in its current form and cannot be transported along the canal due to its size.
Elsen, the owner of the Dogger, which was first pulled out of the water in 134 years, said the houseboat would likely sink if it remained in place, blocking boat traffic on the Prinsengracht. In an interview with Het Parool, Elsen said, “We are talking about a 96-tonne mass of steel and concrete. If it sinks, it will sink until the middle of the channel and block the passage. Then I will have huge problems.” said.
While some locals regret that they will no longer be able to see this piece of history in Amsterdam’s canals, others are glad that this rusty image is left behind. After the Dogger is dismantled, some parts will go to the landfill, but Elsen emphasizes that he will keep some parts of the boat because they are historically interesting.
Coronavirus in the Netherlands: Autumn wave may be starting
According to the statement made by the Netherlands National Institute of Public Health and Environment (RIVM), the number of positive cases in the Netherlands has increased. RIVM stated in its statement that it could be the beginning of the expected autumn wave.
RIVM announced that 12,269 positive cases have been detected in the last seven days. This figure was the highest weekly number of cases since 13 August. Compared to the previous week, an increase of 39 percent was recorded.
The RIVM recorded a total of 2,614 positive tests Monday through Tuesday across the Netherlands. This is the highest daily figure since 3 August. In Amsterdam, 94 new cases were recorded the other day.
“We are still waiting for an autumn wave,” Dutch virologists explained.
Population growth due to immigration in the Netherlands is alarming
Housing Minister Hugo de Jonge told Nederlands Dagblad that the current increase in the Dutch population is unsustainable; He said that this increase will increase the pressure on the housing and have the potential to disturb the social peace.
Emphasizing that the population growth of around 100,000 per year, which is largely “immigration”, should be significantly reduced, De Jonge said, “Migration will always happen and there is a need for it to some extent, but it is also a fact that the current migration-induced population growth has reached unsustainable levels.” said.
According to figures from the national statistical agency CBS, the population of the Netherlands has increased by one million over the past 10 years to 17.7 million.
A total of 208,000 foreign nationals moved to the Netherlands last year, after a year when the immigration rate fell sharply due to pandemic restrictions. The largest group, 117,500 people, came from other EU countries or EFTA, while the number of Dutch citizens returning from abroad was 44,500.
The current coalition government, made up of the right-wing VVD and CDA, Liberal Democrats D66 and the small Christian party ChristenUnie, has begun to work harder to set immigration targets and fundamentally overhaul its asylum policy. De Jonge, in particular, underlined that they have to be more controlled and selective in determining which sectors have a shortage of workers.
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