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Amsterdam Mayor retires

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Amidst all the chatter about AirBnB and the tourism pressure on Amsterdam, today the news that Mayor Eberhard van der Laan, is leaving office, because he is terminally ill with cancer. Today he announced in a letter to "his" Amsterdam residents that he would be retiring. He was still working, although his adjuncts took on many of his responsibilities. His last big media appearance was in the "Summer Guests" program on VPRO television: an evening long interview with a notable person from culture or politics, who gets to choose TV and film clips that have a special meaning to them. His evening was an ode to a tolerant and compassionate city of Amsterdam.

He is universally loved and will be greatly missed.

https://thecontext.net/news/2017/09/18/eberhard-van-der-laan-the-mayor-of-amsterdam-takes-a-permanent-leave-of-absence-after-disclosing-that-his-metastatic-lung-cancer-has-been-di.html

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