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Time goes quickly, and sometimes quirkily.
Twenty plus years ago, I was on an interview trip to the Netherlands and went to The Hague to talk to a young, up-and-coming politician in the Christian Democratic Party (CDA) with a strong interest in pensions and social issues called Peter Omtzigt. I then boarded a train to the south of Holland to a city I’d never heard of called Heerlen to interview Jean Frijns, then CIO at Dutch civil service pension giant, ABP (€568bn in assets), (now called APG in terms of investment operations while the core pension fund is still called ABP) at its administrative headquarters there; the investment operation remained in Amsterdam.
Fast forward to 2021 and Peter Omtzigt is at the heart of a political crisis, which he helped to reveal - the Toeslag Affair over false allegations of child be…