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In ceremonial budget speech, Dutch king sees strong economy

The Dutch economy is forecast to grow by a robust 3.3 percent this year and 2.5 percent in 2018, the Dutch king said Tuesday in a speech - written by the government - to open the parliamentary year.

"After a number of difficult years we are again seeing a flourishing economy and healthy public finances," King Willem-Alexander told a joint sitting of both houses of the Dutch Parliament. "But not everyone is feeling the impact of this economic growth sufficiently in their daily lives. It is important that more people profit from this prosperity."

The speech contained no major policy announcements as the two-party government has been in caretaker mode...

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