Wake-up service 15/9: Afghanistandebat โ€ข Von der Leyen holds State of the Union

Good morning! The House of Representatives debates the evacuation mission from Afghanistan and Ursula von der Leyen issues the annual policy note, the State of the Union, for the European Parliament.

The day starts grey with clouds and regional fog. Some rain can fall locally. In the course of the day, the sun sometimes breaks through. It turns 19 to 22 degrees in moderate winds running south to west.

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Not all Afghans who have worked for the Netherlands will be evacuated in the coming time. Thats what the demissionary cabinet writes in a letter to the House of Representatives. Afghanistans conditions have changed so much that large-scale evacuations are no longer possible. As a result, not all people who have reported to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and meet the conditions will be able to come to the Netherlands.

An exception is made only for people with Dutch passports, interpreters and a small group of other Afghan employees. โ€œThe cabinet wants to facilitate their transfer to the Netherlands as soon as possible.โ€

The House of Representatives is debating the situation in Afghanistan today. Demissionary Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Ank Bijleveld (Defence) and Sigrid Kaag (Foreign Affairs) answer questions about the Dutch evacuation mission from Afghanistan.

Other news from the night
And then this:

In Venice this month, 80 percent of hotel beds have been occupied for the first time since the pandemic: only Americans and Asians are missing. Tour guides guide groups of tourists through the narrow streets and on the canals, gondolas and taxi boats get back together.

But the inhabitants of the Italian city are disappointed. The city council had planned to tackle mass tourism in the city and make the city more livable. But little has come of that, correspondent Heleen DHaens notes.

Happy Wednesday!