Dutch to present less austere budget for 2015

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Dutch government is presenting a budget for 2015 that for the first time in years will be focused less on 'austerity' and more on security in light of international conflicts.

In a day full of pomp and ceremony, King Willem Alexander will ride in a golden carriage to address both houses of parliament in the ceremonial 13th century "Hall of Knights" in The Hague.

The budget numbers are expected to show more money for both defense and intelligence agencies, with the downing of Malaysian Airlines 17 above Eastern Ukraine looming large in the Dutch psyche, along with fears about Dutch jihadists returning from Syria.

The Dutch economy is slowly recovering, mostly due to strong exports, after years of difficulty due to spending cuts and a burst housing bubble.