Wake up call 17/2: Security conference in Munich • Women denounce monastic order

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Good morning! Heads of government and other international leaders gather in Munich for a conference on security and geopolitics. And nineteen women demand compensation for forced labor from the Sisters of the Good Shepherd.

First the weather: it is cloudy and occasionally rains. On the coast the wind is strong and it will be a maximum of 11 degrees.

Are you going on the road? Here you will find an overview of the activities. Check the rail timetable here.

What can you expect today?

  • At the luxurious Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich, government leaders and other leaders gather for an annual security conference, the first since the start of the war in Ukraine. Among others, the US Vice President Kamala Harris is present. Russian government representatives are not welcome this year, but Russian activists are.
  • A group of women is suing the Sisters of the Good Shepherd because they had to perform ‘forced labour’ in one or more monasteries in the middle of the last century. They demand acknowledgment of their suffering and compensation from the court in Haarlem.
  • In the quarterfinals of the ABN Amro Open tennis tournament in Rotterdam, two Dutchmen will compete against each other. Tallon Greek track plays against Gijs Brouwer. The two are the first Dutch quarter-finalists in Ahoy since 2018. The game can be seen tonight on NOS.nl after the first evening game that starts at 7:28 PM.

What did you miss?

Distrust in politics is greatest in the provinces outside the Randstad, according to a study by Kieskompas commissioned by the regional broadcasters. When asked what the most dominant feeling about politics is, 35 percent of the respondents nationwide answered ‘distrust’.

According to Kieskompas, this is the most dominant feeling in nine of the twelve provinces, and ‘interest’ is the most common answer in South Holland, North Holland and Utrecht. More than half (54 percent) of all Dutch people believe that people in rural areas are often forgotten by politicians.

Other news from the night:

  • Aggression against NS employees increased in 2022, NS is again asking the government for measures: The number of reported violent incidents against NS employees rose by 30 percent last year, to 965.

  • Eleven days after the earthquake, people are still being rescued in Turkey: More than 250 hours after the earthquakes, four people were pulled alive from under the rubble, including a 12-year-old boy.

  • The government shares concerns about the business climate, ‘companies should stay here’: Minister Adriaansens, like the House of Representatives, is concerned that the Netherlands will become less attractive for large and international companies.

And then this:

A tattoo parlor in Amsterdam has the solution for people who want a tattoo, but have no idea what design to get. Designs can be drawn from a gumball machine.

No gumballs, but tattoos from this machine

Happy Friday!

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