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Dutch prime minister to discuss E.U. ties with U.S., March 15

The prime minister of the Netherlands, Jan Peter Balkenende, will speak about the need for cooperation between the European Union and the United States at 4 p.m. Monday, March 15, in 16 Robertson Hall.

The Netherlands will assume the presidency of the European Union on July 1.

Balkenende, a noted jurist, is a member of the Christian Democratic Party. In his political career, he has addressed issues including the place of Jewish-Christian values in the European community, the status of illegal immigrants in the Netherlands, school violence and the modernization of the Dutch health care system.

While in the United States, Balkenende also is scheduled to visit with President Bush and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and will receive the Abraham Kuyper Prize for Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Life from the Princeton Theological Seminary.

His address at the University is sponsored by the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies .

Contact: Eric Quinones (609) 258-3601

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