May 3, 1989 |
The seven-year government of Dutch Premier Ruud Lubbers fell Tuesday after the junior partner in the center-right coalition Cabinet clashed over a plan to clean up the heavily polluted environment. Lubbers, a Christian Democrat, announced the resignation of his Cabinet at the end of a parliamentary debate on the $3.65 billion plan. The program came under heavy fire from the right-wing People's Party for Freedom and Democracy, the junior partner in the coalition government since 1982.
March 12, 1989 |
Representatives of 24 nations, gathered here at an environmental conference, called Saturday for increased authority in the United Nations to police the global atmosphere and for "appropriate measures" to enforce its directives. The appeal by leaders of 15 nations and ranking envoys from nine others marked the broadest and highest-level expression to date of political determination to take swift steps to organize worldwide protection of the Earth's threatened atmosphere, the officials declared.
May 7, 1987 |
A firebomb was thrown through a window of the home of Dutch Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers Wednesday night, but Lubbers tossed it back into the street, police said today. The bomb landed in a room where Lubbers and his wife were sitting and the prime minister managed to douse the flames and throw the bomb outside, a police spokesman said. Curtains, the carpet and some furniture were damaged, but neither Lubbers nor his wife was injured and the Fire Department was not called.
May 3, 1989 |
A man with a knife jumped into Dutch Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers' car as he drove from the Royal Palace in The Hague today after offering his resignation to Queen Beatrix, a police spokesman said. He said a palace guard seized the middle-aged man immediately after he opened an unlocked door and jumped into the car's rear seat beside Lubbers as it pulled away. "The man had a knife in his pocket but he didn't threaten Lubbers with it," the spokesman said. He said that the man was mentally unstable but that his motives were not yet known.
February 22, 1998 |
The Club of Rome, which sponsored the major 1972 study "The Limits to Growth," had been founded four years earlier in the Italian capital. Italian industrialist Aurelio Peccei, who held top positions with both the Fiat and Olivetti corporations, played a major role in organizing the society, which committed itself "to adopt a global perspective in examining issues and situations . . . beyond the capacity of individual countries to solve."
July 4, 1985 |
A decision on the future of this Netherlands Antilles island's Shell Oil refinery may rest on a proposal that will be on the table when Venezuelan and Dutch leaders meet in July, officials said Wednesday. A refinery spokesman said that the Dutch government has proposed a crude oil agreement to ensure the survival of the facility and that it will be discussed when Venezuelan President Jaime Lusinchi and Holland's Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers meet in Caracas on July 15-17.
September 8, 1991 |
Participants at the conference on Yugoslavia in The Hague are: * Chairman: Former British Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington.
January 12, 1994
The summit closed with President Clinton and his NATO allies warning Serbian forces of a new determination to launch air strikes if needed to relieve embattled Muslim enclaves in Bosnia. In their final statement, NATO leaders endorsed the U.S. proposal for a "Partnership for Peace," which invites East Europeans to take part in military exercises and other activities. It also opens the possibility of NATO membership.