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Art for all: Dutch schools will be com­pelled to en­sure that all their pupils visit the Ri­jksmu­seum to see Rem­brandt’s 1642 paint­ing The Night Watch at least once dur­ing their school ca­reers, un­der new plans be­ing drawn up to fos­ter “Dutch norms and val­ues”, ac­cord­ing to a re­port in De Tele­graaf news­pa­per. Seven months on from March’s elec­tions, the coun­try’s politi­cians are still try­ing to stitch to­gether a four-party coali­tion; if they’re still ne­go­ti­at­ing this com­ing Mon­day, the coali­tion talks will beat the 208-day record set in 1977. How­ever, ac­cord­ing to the re­port in De Tele­graaf, the plan for fos­ter­ing “Dutch iden­tity” among chil­dren is a pol­icy area on which all par­ties are al­ready agreed. In ad­di­tion to view­ing the fa­mous Rem­brandt paint­ing (which de­picts a group of well-to-do civic guards­men in Am­s­ter­dam), chil­dren will be obliged to visit par­lia­ment at least once, and learn the his­tory of the na­tional an­them, the Wil­hel­mus.

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