Politics

Mar 14 '17 11:40

Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb was very concerned that in his city this weekend would devolve into a shooting. He therefore deployed special, armed officers to intervene if the situation got out of hand, Aboutaleb said to Nieuwsuur. "In order to be sure that if it came to an encounter, we would have the upper hand."

Geert Wilders
Mar 14 '17 11:05

Both German president Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet Chief Peter Altmaier hope that Geert Wilders and his PVV will not come out on top in the Dutch parliamentary election tomorrow. According to Altmaier, it will be better for the Netherlands if the PVV is not in its government, BNR reports. 

Posters for the Netherlands' parliamentary elections, March 2017
Mar 14 '17 08:40

The had no immediate impact on the political polls one day before the Dutch parliamentary election. The latest Peilingwijzer does show an increase in support for the two leading parties in the polls, the , but the increase was very minor.

Mar 14 '17 08:17

Monday night's EenVandaag election debate between the leaders of the two largest parties in the polls, VVD leader Mark Rutte and PVV leader Geert Wilders, was exceptionally harsh. Accusations including "No one believes you anymore, Mr. Rutte!" and "Wilders walks away when things get difficult" were thrown about, RTL Nieuws reports.

Mar 14 '17 07:44

Turkey is turning to the European Court of Human Rights in its political battle with the Netherlands, president Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Monday. He also announced a number of sanctions against the Netherlands, including that Dutch diplomats are no longer welcome in Turkey, NU.nl reports.

Geert Wilders rally in Purmerend
Mar 13 '17 16:15

Geert Wilders has a strong chance of coming out on top following elections, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in Rotterdam on Monday.  Rutte repeated comments he made during a televised interview last week, when he told of going asleep on June 23 thinking Brexit would be voted down, only to find out otherwise the next morning. He had a similar opinion of the November 8 election in the United States.

european union
Mar 13 '17 15:37

Germany and France expressed their support for the Netherlands in the political spat between the Netherlands and Turkey. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg also called for a de-escalation in the situation. After the Netherlands' parliamentary election on Wednesday, Germany and France also have elections upcoming. 

european union
Mar 13 '17 13:45

The European Commission called on Turkey to refrain from making harsh statements that could worsen the country's relationship with the Netherlands and other European members. "The comparison by the Turkish President with Nazi practices is unacceptable", Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans said, according to NOS.

Posters for the Netherlands' parliamentary elections, March 2017
Mar 13 '17 13:10

On Saturday party leaders Alexander Pechtold (D66), Sybrand Buma (CDA), Lodewijk Asscher (PvdA), Mark Rutte (VVD), Geert Wilders (PVV) and Emile Roemer (SP) debated policy, explained what topics they find important and played games on kids TV show NOS Jeugdjournaal. 

The debate was done by means of a quartet. Each party leader could chose a theme and a topic, such as "healthcare" and "costs". And then they could briefly and simply explain what they find important on that topic. 

Police
Mar 13 '17 12:40

Turkey is demanding action against the Dutch police for using disproportionate violence against "peaceful Turkish protesters" in Rotterdam on Saturday night, sources from the Turkish Foreign Ministry said to Reuters. 

Mar 13 '17 12:00

The Netherlands was using a "rough remedy" when it decided to deny two Turkish Ministers access to the country, according to International Law and Politics professor Geert-Jan Knoops. If Turkey decides to take legal action against the Netherlands, the Netherlands may well lose the case and be punished for violating international law, the University of Amsterdam professor said to BNR.

Mar 13 '17 11:25

Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher called on Turkey to retract its accusations of Nazism and fascism against the Netherlands. If the country does not do so, the relationship between the Netherlands and Turkey will remain difficult, Asscher said, according to RTL Nieuws. 

Asscher added that the Dutch government will not take any measures against the Ankara government, even if they refuse to retract the statements. According to him, it is important that calm returns. But "a different form of communication must come from Turkey", he said.

Mar 13 '17 10:50

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs updated its travel advice for Turkey, due to current political tensions between the two countries. The Dutch government does not advise against going to Turkey, but does warn Dutch travelers to watch out for gatherings and avoid public places, ANP reports.

These warnings are on top of the already in place advice of risks in Turkey due to terrorist attacks and political tensions. 

Tunahan Kuzu
Mar 13 '17 09:29

DENK is pressuring mosque leaders to urge their congregations to vote for the party, according to the council of Moroccan mosques in the Netherlands RMMN. Multiple mosque leaders have complained about undue pressure from the political party, NOS reports. 

"Mosque leaders are free to give political parties a platform if they want and there is nothing wrong with that", RMMN spokesperson Said Bouharrou said to the broadcaster. "But you cross a line if you, like DENK, indicate that you have to vote right, otherwise you are a traitor."

Mar 13 '17 09:04

A quarter of Dutch believe that if a woman dresses sexy, she should not complain when she hears sexual comments, according to a survey by research firm Ipsos on behalf of Rutgers, a knowledge center on sexuality. And 13 percent believe that girls who wear short skirts should not complain when they are harassed, AD reports. 

Steve King
Mar 13 '17 08:11

American Republican Steve King, congressman for the state of Iowa, is facing social media outrage following a tweet in support of anti-Islam PVV leader Geert Wilders. 

"Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny", King wrote on Twitter. "We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies." According to the BBC, King is a strong advocate of ending birthright citizenship, which gives all babies born in the United States citizenship to the country, even if their parents live there illegally. 

Police officers on Dam square in Amsterdam due to a demonstration by Turkish-Dutch, 12 March 2017
Mar 13 '17 07:37

On Sunday night the police were forced to intervene in a demonstration by about 250 Turkish-Dutch in Amsterdam. Mayor Eberhard van der Laan put the demonstration to an early end around 10:45 p.m. due to disruptions of public order and traffic, the municipality announced. Riot police units were deployed and eventually chased the demonstrators home using water cannons, AD reports.

Protestors outside Turkey's consulate in Rotterdam
Mar 12 '17 10:00

A politically turbulent day between Turkey and the Netherlands ended with the riot police clashing with Dutch-Turkish protesters at the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam on Saturday night and during the early hours of Sunday morning, NOS reports. 

Saturday started off turbulent with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu saying that the Netherlands is holding Dutch-Turks hostage by not allowing Turkish ministers to attend campaign meetings in the Netherlands on a referendum to be held in Turkey next month. He also threatened the Netherlands with sanctions

Posters for the Netherlands' parliamentary elections, March 2017
Mar 10 '17 13:10

While the outcome of the Dutch parliamentary elections next week may not be of vital interest to Russia, Russian hackers are targeting the Netherlands as a warm up for the elections in Germany and France, Ronald Prins, co-founder of cyber security company Fox-IT, said to DW.com.

Former Dutch Prime Minister Dries van Agt
Mar 10 '17 12:35

Former Prime Minister Dries van Agt will not be voting for his party the CDA on Wednesday. In a newsletter for foundation The Rights Forum he writes that he is "no longer able to live with his party's stance in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians", NOS reports.

For years Van Agt has been calling for attention to the plight of the Palestinians. He's also been very critical of Israel. For a long time he's considered the course of the CDA as too weak, but now "enough is enough". 

Mar 10 '17 12:00

The Netherlands is taking legal steps in an effort to gain clarity about the cause of a fatal bus accident in Switzerland in 2012. The intention is to get a blood sample of the bus driver, who died in the crash, from the Swiss authorities, ANP reports

The accident happened in a tunnel in Sierre in March 2012. A total of 28 people were killed, including seven Dutch children. Many of the victims' relatives believe that the bus driver deliberately crashed the bus into the tunnel wall because medicine he was taking made him suicidal, according to the news wire.

Dutch soldiers
Mar 10 '17 09:55

The state of the Dutch armed forces is extremely worrying, according to advisory council on international affairs AIV in an advice report to the cabinet titled 'Russia and the Dutch defense efforts'. According to the report, the "employability of the armed forces was further undermined this government term" and if the policy is not changed, the basic readiness of the army will only be back in order in 2021, NU.nl reports.

Amsterdam neighborhood IJburg
Mar 10 '17 09:31

In a television program on Belgian broadcaster VRT an IJburg resident and PVV voter Zandra Lammers paints the Amsterdam neighborhood as radicalized, crime infested and derelict. Other IJburg residents are shocked and outraged by the claims made, AT5 reports.

The Belgian broadcaster introduces IJburg as a "neat new district, just outside Amsterdam, located on the IJsselmeer". Then they give Lammers the word. She was interviewed because she will soon be voting for the PVV, according to AT5.

Mar 10 '17 08:54

SGP party leader Kees van der Staaij brutally attacked the D66 and its leader Alexander Pechtold in the . Van der Staaij compared Pechtold's "radical secular ideology" with radical Islam, BNR reports.

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