Reports by Kirsten Lucas

Dutch Seek Active Involvement in Mission Against IS

Netherlands, 13 Sep - 26 Sep 2014

Netherlands joins US-led mission against IS in Iraq ++ Labour Party backtracks on debate Afghan interpreter ++ Dutch electronics giant Philips splits business. by Kirsten Lucas
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MH17 Victims Still Need to be Identified Through DNA Tests

Netherlands, 16 Aug - 29 Aug 2014

Forensic specialists busy with identification victims of flight MH17 ++ Dutch Foreign Minister warns IS militants must be confronted in Syria ++ Dutch farmers dump produce as Russian sanctions hit prices. by Kirsten Lucas
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Dutch Frustration over Difficulties to reach Ukrainian Crash Site

Netherlands, 19 Jul - 02 Aug 2014

Dutch experts unable to reach Ukrainian crash site ++ Aruba releases Venezuelan ex-general sought by US over drugs ++ New sanctions on Russia by EU and US. by Kirsten Lucas
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World Cup Hopes & National Security Issues in the Netherlands

Netherlands, 21 Jun - 04 Jul 2014

Intelligence Service: Dutch jihadi groups resemble elusive ‘swarm’ ++ IT problems at Ministry of Defence lead to sacking of senior civil servants ++ World Cup: Diving Robben and ‘racist’ Tweet. by Kirsten Lucas
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Wilder's populist anti-Islam Sticker turns into diplomatic Mayhem

Netherlands, 24 May - 06 Jun 2014

Dutch diplomats and businesses in action to avert Saudi sanctions over anti-Islam stickers ++ Fuel tax increase will not be reversed ++ Orange mania as soccer world cup in Brazil is about to start. by Kirsten Lucas
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Dutch Authorities unsettled by rising Violence between Biker Gangs

Netherlands, 26 Apr - 09 May 2014

Justice Minister wants joint action to combat biker gangs ++ Children’s ombudsman calls child amnesty rules ‘idiotic’ ++ Deputy Prime Minister calls to stop unfair competition of workers across EU. by Kirsten Lucas
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Wilders faces fierce Opposition from all Sides in ‘Moroccan’ Debate

Netherlands, 15 Mar - 28 Mar 2014

Geert Wilders – under attack by other parties and the people in the streets ++ International leaders gather in The Hague for Nuclear Security Summit ++ Murderer of Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn to be released early. by Jessica van Zinnicq Bergmann, Kirsten Lucas
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Interior Minister holds back Facts in NSA Scandal, brings down his Party with him

Netherlands, 01 Feb - 14 Feb 2014

Minister Plasterk faces vote of no-confidence over ‘metadata’++ Homicide? Investigation into death of ex-minister Els Borst ++ Sochi success: Netherlands most decorated Olympic speed skating nation. by Kirsten Lucas
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Contested Dutch Delegation to Olympic Games in Russia and Damage due to Gas Drilling

Netherlands, 17 Dec - 17 Jan 2014

Heavyweight delegation to Sochi: a deal with Putin? ++ Government takes decision on gas drilling in Groningen ++ Illegal fireworks – ever more common and ever more dangerous. by Kirsten Lucas
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Violation of Web Privacy by Google … and the Dutch’s own Intelligence

Netherlands, 19 Nov - 02 Dec 2013

NSA revelations – Dutch intelligence service hacks web forums ++ Senate may backtrap plans to scrap blasphemy law ++ Google breaks Dutch data protection law. by Kirsten Lucas
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Dutch Army in Mali: Responsibility to protect or Hard Sell for a Seat in the Security Council?

Netherlands, 22 Oct - 04 Nov 2013

Dutch army mobilises for peacekeeping mission in Mali ++ Party for Freedom kicks out MP for criticising Geert Wilders, the party leader ++ The British Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has fined the Dutch Rabobank. by Kirsten Lucas
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Dutch revisit Pim Fortuyn's Murder and its consequential Change of Politics

Netherlands, 24 Sep - 07 Oct 2013

Request for probation of Pim Fortuyn's murderer sparks new controversy ++ Government open to negotiate budget proposals with opposition ++ Dutch-Russian relations in troubled waters as crew of Greenpeace ship gets arrested ++ US government shut-down also affects the Netherlands. by Kirsten Lucas
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Kirsten Lucas



Kirsten studied political science (research master) and EU diplomacy and international relations at Leiden University and the College of Europe in Bruges. Afterwards, she did a traineeship at the US and Canada division of the European External Action Service in Brussels. Currently, Kirsten works as a researcher at the University of Antwerp. Her research focuses on explaining the influence of regions on European policy.


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