Dozens of people gathered at Schiphol airport on Sunday to protest against a ban on asylum seekers and people from seven Muslim countries Donald Trump implemented in the United States. They carried signs reading "No hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here", "Trump psychopath", "Human rights for ALL" and "Muslim ban is racist, xenophobic, not normal. Rise up". One protester was arrested, RTL Nieuws reports.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs are against a ban on entry for asylum seekers and people from seven Muslim countries that United President Donald Trump implemented over the weekend. They reject and regret this ban, the two Dutch officials said in a joint statement on Sunday, ANP reports.
According to VVD Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, the only winner in the giant affair surrounding a deal then prosecutor Fred Teeven made with suspected drug trafficker Cees H. in 2001, is the drug dealer. "It's sad", she said to NOS. "Three Ministers already stepped down. Someone must be laughing loudly in his sleeve, and that is the criminal in question."
Stef Blok will be Minister of Security and Justice until the elections on March 15th, the VVD confirmed on Friday morning Financieele Dagblad reports.
Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs thinks its time for Europe to change, now that "America First is the motto" of the new U.S. president Donald Trump, he said in newspaper AD. "Not more Europe, not less. We need a different Europe."
The Netherlands, Belgium, France and United Kingdom reached an agreement on implementing passport controls on large international trains. A joint task force will be established to discuss this with Thalys and Eurostar, ANP reports.
The task force will also work on introducing better passenger lists for international high-speed trains. The intention behind this it so that security services can make sure no wanted criminals are on the train.
Almost all the leaders of political parties feel that Ard van der Steur's decision to resign after accusations of him withholding information from MPs was inevitable. Most Dutch newspapers also seem to respect his decision to step down, but point out that there are still unanswered questions and that the VVD's position is more fragile than ever.
Justice Minister Ard van der Steur resigned his position following a hearing in parliament Thursday where angry politicians accused him of withholding information from MPs. He is the fourth politician in this cabinet forced to resign over a deal the Justice Ministry made nearly 15 years ago when Fred Teeven, then in the prosecutor's office, approved returning millions more in seized cash to an alleged drug trafficker than was told to parliament years later.
The European Union could face collapse if nationalist parties win the elections in the Netherlands and France this year, German Minister Sigmar Gabriel of Economic Affairs said tto the Bundestag lower house of parliament, Reuters reports.
"After the Brexit last year, if enemies of Europe manage again in the Netherlands or in France to get results then we face the threat that the largest civilization project of the 20th century, namely the European Union, could fall apart."
The Netherlands is among the top ten least corrupt countries in the world, according to the annual Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International. In 8th place with a score of 83 out of 100, the Netherlands stands above neighbors Germany (10th place) and Belgium (15th place).
The list consists of 176 countries. The average score was 43 out of 100.
Broadcaster RTL is inviting the leaders of the four largest political parties, according to the polls, for a televised debate on February 26th. But if the differences between the parties are too small, the debate may be held between five or even six party leaders, RTL Nieuws reports.
A Ukrainian salvage service is planning another mission to search for and recover both MH17 wreckage and victims' belongings, the chairman of a local village council said to BNR. Natalja Volosjina, in charge of the village council of Petropavlovka, believes it will be safe enough for another salvage mission after the winter, and she hopes that a team from the Netherlands will also take part.
Soliciting and street prostitution is almost non-existent on Amsterdam streets, Mayor Eberhard van der Laan wrote in a recent letter to the city council. But that doesn't necessarily mean that street prostitution died out in the city, only that its more hidden, a spokesperson for sex workers' organization Proud said to the Telegraaf.
Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice is facing another do or die debate in parliament this afternoon. And it seems likely that the day will end either with another official apology from the Minister - his fifth in the less than two year's he's had the position - or with him stepping down, RTL Nieuws reports.
Almost all Dutch teachers are concerned about expensive private lessons from commercial agencies increasing inequality in education in the Netherlands, according to a survey CNV did among 5,800 teachers, RTL Nieuws reports.
A massive 85 percent of teachers indicated that they are worried about increasing inequality caused by expensive extra lessons. Such extra lessons can range from 20 euros per hour to 70 euros per hour. And not all parents can afford this.
Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht, united under G4, want to take back control over the integration process. The four large Dutch cities believe that customization is needed for integration to go smoothly, and that is impossible while the process is in the control of the national government, ANP reports.
Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Development Cooperation is working to counteract one of the first decisions made by new United States president Donald Trump. On Monday he scrapped funding to organizations that help with family planning and offer safe abortions in developing countries. Ploumen is launching an international fund to make up for the about $600 million gap created by Trump's decision, ANP reports.
Amsterdam is in talks with numerous financial firms currently based in London about relocating to the Netherlands due to Britain's decision to leave the European Union, deputy mayor Kasja Ollongren confirmed, according to The Guardian. "They [financial institutions] are all preparing themselves. They don't know exactly what they have to prepare for because the situation is unclear and it will take some time until it is more clear. Financials and others are looking at possibilities and very often Amsterdam is on the shortlist", Ollongren said, according to the newspaper.
Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice denies that he withheld information about a deal made in 2001 between then prosecutor Fred Teeven and drug criminal Cees H. "I told parliament exactly what I knew", Van der Steur said to BNR.
VVD Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice is again under fire about his role in a controversial deal Fred Teeven made with drug criminal Cees H. in 2001. A book journalist Bas Haan wrote about this deal revealed that Van der Steur deliberately withheld information from parliament, first as a parliamentarian and then when he took office as Minister. The VVD also had this information, the Volkskrant reports.
Opposition parties and even coalition party PvdA have nothing but criticism for current Prime Minister and VVD leader Mark Rutte's "if you don't like it here, then get out" election campaign. PvdA leader and current Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher called Rutte a poor substitute for a populist and accused him of sowing cynicism, while people who are dissatisfied should in fact work to improve the situation, NOS reports.
Since a law was passed in 2013 making integration the responsibility of immigrants themselves, only a third of immigrants passed the naturalization exam in time, according to a report by the Netherlands General Court of Audit. The exam is also taken at a lower level than before the law, NU.nl reports.