Politics

Feb 7 '17 10:50

Schools in the Netherlands need major improvements in their integration education, according to the Education Inspectorate, ANP reports.

According to the Inspectorate, Dutch schools are failing wit attempts to teach students about typical Dutch values, despite the fact that schools are required to pay attention to what it means to be a citizen of the Netherlands. Dutch schools' attempts to do so are too unfocused - activities seem unrelated to each other, there is no systematic approach and schools don't formulate what they want to teach their students. 

Pauline Krikke
Feb 7 '17 09:25

The Hague city council picked Pauline Krikke to be the city's new mayor, the council announced on Monday after hours of private deliberations. Krikke is taking over from Jozias van Aartsen, who is stepping down on March 1st, and will be The Hague's first female mayor.

Krikke was mayor of Arnhem between 2001 and 2013 and an alderman in Amsterdam between 1996 and 2001, Het Parool reports. She was also the director of the Scheepvaartmuseum and most recently a Senator for the VVD in the Eerste Kamer, the Dutch senate. 

Feb 7 '17 08:28

D66 leader Alexander Pechtold thinks that PVV leader Geert Wilders crossed a line by protesting with what Wilders calls "Hamas terrorists". 

Feb 6 '17 16:30

PVV leader Geert Wilders protesting with Hamas supporters on Monday morning, is leading to concern that the Dutch parliamentary elections in March will be dominated by "fake news" as the American elections were last year, NRC reports.

Breda International Airport, formerly Seppe Airport
Feb 6 '17 13:35

Political parties ChristenUnie-SGP and PvdD in Bosschenhoofd wants to know from the province of Noord-Brabant how an Amsterdam man managed to smuggle 12 kilograms of cocaine through Breda International Airport in December without being caught, BN De Stem reports.

Feb 6 '17 11:08

If the PVV wins the parliamentary elections in March and Geert Wilders becomes prime minister, Amsterdam should become a republic, D66 alderman Simone Kukenheim said on Saturday. Wilders responded to this call on Twitter with a Photoshopped image showing D66 leader Alexander Pechtold protesting with what Wilders calls "Hamas-terrorists". 

Feb 6 '17 10:26

On Monday State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and Environment is giving the go ahead for the establishment of the Global Center of Excellence on Climate change. The center will be based in the Netherlands and is being established by the Netherlands, Japan and the United Nations environmental organization UNEP, NU.nl reports.

Geert Wilders rally in Purmerend
Feb 6 '17 09:48

Traditionally the Dutch labor party PvdA could count on most of the votes from minorities living in the Netherlands, but that no longer seems to be the matter of course, according to a unique survey by EtnoBarometer. Many voters with immigrant backgrounds will instead vote for new party DENK in this election. And the PVV is surprisingly popular among Dutch-Surinamese voters, being the second most popular party in this population group, AD reports.

The survey was done by market researcher Aziz El Kaddouri among 1792 ethnic minority voters.

Pegida T shirt
Feb 6 '17 09:08

Pegida leader Edwin Wagensveld was arrested on Sunday afternoon during a demonstration by the anti-Islam movement in Utrecht. According to the police, he was arrested for demonstrating where he was not allowed to, ANP reports.

"He was on the Janskerkhof making a statement towards various media. This was not allowed, so we took him away", a police spokesperson said to the news wire. Wagensveld was taken to a police station for questioning.

Feb 6 '17 08:38

The four large Dutch cities Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague teamed up with eight collaboration groups and are making concrete plans to decrease the truancy rate, the Ministry of Education announced on Sunday, according to ANP.

Last year 4,200 kids in the Netherlands were considered truants - they were at home for more than three months rather than at school. A significant percentage of these kids come from one of the four big cities. 

Smoking a joint
Feb 3 '17 16:05

The municipality of Utrecht is investigating whether it would be possible to ban the use of cannabis in some neighborhoods. This follows the CDA prompting the Utrecht mayor for stricter action because of nuisance caused by cannabis smoking young people in the Tivoli gardens, DUIC reports.

Sylvana Simons
Feb 3 '17 13:10

A total of 20 people will be prosecuted for threatening, insulting and/or discriminating against politician Sylvana Simons, chief prosecutor Theo Hofstee said to NPO Radio 1 on Friday. That's doulbe the in the prosecutor announced in December, NU.nl reports.

Donald Trump
Feb 3 '17 12:33

Following Donald Trump's inaugaration as president of the United States, Dutch comedian Arjen Lubach posted a video online introducing him to the Netherlands and trying to convince him that "we totally understand it's going to be America first, but can we just say The Netherlands second?" This viral video sparked a competition with a number of other EU countries, all vying for second place in the world, after America first of course.

ING Bank
Feb 3 '17 11:15

While the worst of the credit crisis is now definitely a thing of the past, the future of the euro remains a major concern, the directors of ING Bank said while presenting the bank's annual figures on Thursday, ANP reports.

A child walks near members of the Muslim community attending midday prayers at Strasbourg Grand Mosque in Strasbourg, France
Feb 3 '17 10:37

THe Blauwe Mosque in Amsterdam will have extra security during the noon prayer on Friday. The extra security is organized by the Security Pact against Discrimination, a group made up of Muslims, Jews, Christians and other organizations, Het Parool reports.

Jesse Klaver
Feb 3 '17 09:47

GroenLinks wants 1.7 billion euros to be pushed into elderly care in the next government period, party leader Jesse Klaver announced. This money should be used for, among other things, extra staff so that a set occupancy standard can be introduced in nursig homes, AD reports. 

The green party wants this standard to be two care workesr for every 10 people in the nursing home. In homes for elderly people that need intensive care, two care workers for every eight residents should be the norm. 

Rainbow flag in a pride parade
Feb 3 '17 09:34

The PvdA, D66 and GroenLinks want to change Article 1 of the Dutch constitution - which deals with equality - to specifically mention disability and sexual orientation. In this way people with disabilities and the LGBT community will be specifically protected by the constitution. A parliamentary majority supports this proposal, NU.nl reports.

The AIVD building in Zoetermeer
Feb 3 '17 09:07

Dutch intelligence service AIVD is very concerned about increasing cyber attacks on the Netherlands by countriees like Russia, China and Iran, AIVD director Rob Bertholee said in an interview with EenVandaag. He calls these attacks a threat to democracy.

Over the past six months the Netherlands fought off hundreds of hacking attempts, Bertholee said. Among the targets were secret government documents. And according to the AIVD boss, it is clear that Russia was behind many of the attacks.

Police officers on the street
Feb 3 '17 08:32

The National Police has too few police officers with a multicultural background and is therefore losing the support of the Netherlands' multicultural society, Max Daniel, police commissioner in Noord-Nederland and general commander for the National Staff Widespread Special Research team, said in an interview with the Volkskrant. 

Feb 2 '17 17:45

Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD) more clearly expressed his rejection of Donald Trump . He did so during a p and at the insistence of several other parties.

Lisa Westerveld
Feb 2 '17 14:50

A conversation on a train with two young PVV voters ended with GroenLinks candidate parliamentarian Lisa Westerveld being called a "GroenLinks whore" and "ugly bitch". The young men also threatened her by calling someone and arranging that she be met by guys at the Nijmegen station. "When they are done with you you'll vote PVV", they said, Westerveld told AD.

Feb 2 '17 14:15

Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk's d is unpractical, according to the Dutch association for local governments NVVB.

Geert Wilders' "Stop Islam" tram wraps, Feb 2017
Feb 2 '17 13:40

Rotterdam public transport company RET denied the PVV and Geert Wilders' request to wrap anti-Islam banners around the city's trams. "We are a public transport company and politically neutral", a spokesperson said to NOS. According to the spokesperson, political messages on trams and buses does not suit the RET.

On Thursday morning Wilders posted a photo of the tram wraps on Twitter saying that he offered it to the RET. The wraps show a photo of Wilders and the slogan "Stop Islam". 

Feb 2 '17 13:05

According to D66 parliamentarian Kees Verhoeven, Donald Trump's decree to close the American borders to people from seven Muslim countries is "pure discrimination". In a parliamentary debate on the matter on Thursday he that the Dutch government makes a "strong noise against" this decree, a sentiment shared by a number of other parties. The Netherlands decided to suspend talks with American Border Patrol regarding the entry ban for the time being , AD reports.

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