Politics

Aug 4 '14 08:21

Governing parties the VVD and PvdA have gained support after the tragic Malaysia Airlines plane crash. According to pollster Maurice de Hond, the wake of the crash proved positive for only these two parties, the other parties in The Netherlands lost seats.

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Aug 1 '14 14:16

As Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak arrived in the Netherlands yesterday, Prime Minister Mark Rutte assured him of the continued cooperation in getting all victims of the MH17 tragedy home.

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Aug 1 '14 13:07

More than 2,500 people have indicated that they will be taken part in the march this Sunday against the attacks on Gaza in Amsterdam this Sunday.

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Aug 1 '14 11:37

Amsterdam is getting dirty, foul and overcrowded,” Wim Pijbes, General Director of Rijks Museum has written.

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Aug 1 '14 10:43

In Amsterdam, the Gaza conflict is spilling over into Dutch territory. In a case that has received politicians' attention, police are investigating the assault of a Jewish woman, Seraphina Verhofstadt-Makker, from the Dapperbuurt area in the city. She says that she was assaulted by men because she hung her Israel flag from her balcony, Het Parool reports.

Jul 31 '14 11:57

MP for the PVV, Dion Graus, claims to have been threatened by a group of youths in Zwolle. The police say that Graus reported the crime, and will be back to file a statement.

Ukraine
Jul 31 '14 11:27

The Ukrainian parliament agreed today to allow a police mission to come into the country and travel to the MH17 crash site. Ukraine will also observe a 24-hour cease fire between the rebel separatists and government forces in eastern Ukraine.

Rotterdam Harbor
Jul 31 '14 11:03

Harbor bosses in Rotterdam's port are worried about the effect that the trade war against Russia will have on Dutch business. The Russian Shtandart oil terminal deal in the Rotterdam harbor is at the brink of collapse, which the harbor managers say is bad news for the city.

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Jul 31 '14 10:00

There is a bigger network of young Dutch-Moroccan criminals in The Netherlands than previously thought. Not dozens but hundreds of youths are in this web of drug dealers, gunmen, executers and facilitators. This group is tied to at least six executions and several extremely violent robberies in The Netherlands and in Antwerp, according to a police investigation.

Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg
Jul 31 '14 09:15

There is still little faith in the safety of the area around the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine, as the Dutch team looking to access the site for investigation had to turn back again yesterday. The chance that they will be able to access the site soon is not likely, the OSCE says.

Kremlin
Jul 31 '14 08:02

The Kremlin threatened the EU with higher gas prices yesterday, in reaction to the economic sanctions that the EU called for on Tuesday. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow has called the EU threat an "irresponsible step."

Stemfie
Jul 30 '14 14:23

'Stemfies', or making a selfie while in the voting booth, showing the ballot in the picture, should be banned according to the Election Board, as it conflicts with voter freedom and voter secrecy.

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Jul 30 '14 11:51

Minister Ivo Opstelten of Security and Justice wants a national monument to remember the victims of the tragic MH17 plane crash. Of the 298 victims of that disaster, 193 were Dutch.

The Hague
Jul 30 '14 08:55

Dr. Shimon Samuels of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Paris has expressed his shock that the mayor of The Hague, Jozias van Aartsen, has allowed two anti-Jewish demonstrations to take place undeterred on his watch.

Donetsk
Jul 30 '14 08:23

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine say that there is no truth in the claim that the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is not allowed into the area where the Malaysia Airlines plane crashed on the 17th of July. They insist rather that they have always worked "effectively" together with the organization.

Poroshenko
Jul 29 '14 14:40

The Netherlands' Prime Minister Mark Rutte has, in a telephone conversation, asked Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to put an end to the hostilities around the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. This, so that the investigative team, including Dutch forensic experts, can have safe access to the site.

Demonstration
Jul 29 '14 14:13

A group of residents from The Hague is organizing march in protest of the pro-ISIS demonstrations, muslim radicals and anti-Semitism in the city, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.

Treaty
Jul 29 '14 11:17

Minister Frans Timmermans is in Ukraine's capital Kiev with his Australian Foreign Affairs colleague Julie Bishop to discuss the safe progress of the international investigation currently underway. Out of discussions with the Ukrainian government, Minister Timmermans has drawn up a treaty that would allow Dutch personnel in the East of the country to arm themselves in case clashes escalate and their own safety is not secured.

Hugo Carvajal
Jul 29 '14 10:28

After alarms were signaled in Aruba about four Venezuelan warships close to the Aruba coast, Minister Frans Timmermans of Foreign Affairs made the decision to release Hugo Carvajal, a repository of Venezuelan then-president Hugo Chávez, and a suspect of drug crimes.

Jul 29 '14 09:27

Rotterdam's mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb spoke with representatives of the Jewish community in his city on Monday, to touch base with them, and to speak about the conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza strip.

Demonstration
Jul 28 '14 14:33

Thousands of residents in The Hague are demanding that their city's mayor Jozias van Aartsen be fired after his argued inaction over anti-Semitic comments outed at a demonstration.

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Jul 28 '14 12:52

Ekaterina Parkhomenko, a woman from Torez, close to where flight MH17 crashed, has caused outrage after allegedly bragging online about using looted mascara from the crash site.

Dutch embassy
Jul 28 '14 11:15

The government is planning to decrease cuts planned for the Dutch embassy network after the D66 submitted a motion the last year. The planned €40 million cuts to diplomatic posts has already been cut in half. Because of this, five consulates can stay open, Het Financieele Dagblad reports.

Royal Netherlands Marechaussee
Jul 28 '14 07:53

The Cabinet will not be sending a military mission to Ukraine after all, Prime Minister Rutte said at a press conference on Sunday. Rutte says that the area is too explosive, and the mission could cause other countries to become involved in the conflict between the pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government.

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