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NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | 23/09/2008

Royal palace as a party venue

The Dutch parliament is to vote on a draft law under which the royal palace in the centre of Amsterdam would pass entirely into the hands of the royal family. The latter, however, lives and works in The Hague. NRC Handelsbald comments: "For decades this monument has been a black hole in the middle of the city. Every now and then it is used as a venue for the occasional party but most of the time it remains closed. This does not serve the cause of transparency. What was once the shining heart of Amsterdam, a service building open to all its citizens, has become an inaccessible colossus at the centre of the capital's most important square. This does not do justice to our past. The building was designed, decorated and used as a town hall. It was once considered the eighth Wonder of the World. ... We must prevent this wonderful multi-functional building that has always been a public monument with a museum-like atmosphere from being turned into a closed venue for parties."

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