Politics

Jesse Klaver
Apr 13 '17 09:17

There will be no government formation talks between the VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks on Thursday because GroenLinks leader Jesse Klaver's mother was admitted to hospital. Her condition is worrying, Klaver told negotiation leader Edith Schippers on Wednesday. The other parties therefore decided to temporarily suspend the negotiations, NU.nl reports.

Teacher
Apr 13 '17 08:26

Primary school teachers in the Netherlands are demanding higher salaries and smaller class sizes. If the new government does not address both these issues in their coalition agreement, the teachers will strike for a week. "The willingness to act is greater than ever before", Jan van de Ven, teacher in Overloon and spokesperson for primary school teacher action group PO in Actie, said to newspaper AD. The strike will be "probably in September, and not in a nice week that matches with the holiday."

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Apr 13 '17 07:49

Over the past two years State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff gave 240 failed asylum seekers a residency permit and refugee status in the Netherlands after personally considering their cases, the Telegraaf reports based on figures it obtained.

Geert Wilders
Apr 12 '17 15:25

The appeal in the will start in October. On October 24th and 26th the so-called pro-forma hearings are scheduled, during which each side can present its research and investigation demands. And on November 9th the court in The Hague will rule on these requests, ANP reports.

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Apr 12 '17 11:50

The vast majority of Dutch parliamentarians wants the government to punish schools who do not teach LGBT awareness and acceptance lessons. Almost the entire Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, supported the motion filed by SP parliamentarian Jasper van Dijk, NOS reports. 

According to the Education Inspectorate, about 20 percent of primary- and high schools don't teach their students about sexual diversity, despite this being mandatory since 2012. The same is true for about 40 percent of the ROCs.

Eberhard van der Laan
Apr 12 '17 11:44

Mayor Eberhard van der Laan of Amsterdam wants medicinal marijuana to be more easily obtainable for people who need it, he wrote in a letter to the Dutch Senate and Ministers Stef Blok and Edith Schippers of Security and Justice and Public Health respectively, Het Parool reports. 

Apr 12 '17 11:15

The Education Inspectorate for the first time compared Dutch schools and their students' results and found major differences. The Inspectorate concluded that a student's performance strongly depends on the type of school the child attends. Minister Jet Bussemaker and State Secretary Sander Dekker of Education call the situation worrying, NOS reports.

Sylvana Simons
Apr 12 '17 10:40

A total of 22 t in Amsterdam this week for . The first six cases will appear on Wednesday, the other 16 on Thursday. Simons intends to attend the trial, Het Parool reports.

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Apr 12 '17 10:02

A number of Protestant and Roman Catholic schools in The Hague are scaling back on the Christian character of their Easter celebrations in consideration of their non-Christian students. Leaders of Christian schools in The Hague's multicultural neighborhoods feel it is better to adjust their Easter celebrations to accommodate their mainly non-Christian student bodies, AD reports.

Pechtold
Apr 12 '17 09:39

Negotiators for the VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks talked about security, the judiciary and income disparities on Tuesday during the negotiations on forming a new Dutch government. On Wednesday they will continue to discuss security. Experts in the field of security and defense were invited to the morning negotiation session, Het Parool reports. 

"We talked about security. That is an important issue. We need to develop new ideas", D66 leader Alexander Pechtold said after Tuesday's negotiations. VVD negotiator Halbe Zijlstra added that income disparities were also on the table.

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Apr 12 '17 08:27

Turkish Minister of Family Affairs Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya is suing the Netherlands for expelling her from the country on March 12th, her lawyer Ejder Kose said to AD and confirmed to NOS. According to Kaya, the Dutch government failed to explain on what grounds she had to leave the country, which means that her expulsion was unlawful.

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Apr 11 '17 16:40

A suspect in an assault on two gay men in front of a dance school on Chassestraat in Amsterdam West in January turned himself in to the police after pictures of him were spread through the local broadcasters, Het Parool reports.

The two gay men, aged 35 and 37 years old, were cycling to the dance school on January 23rd. On Chassestraat a pedestrian shouted insults and slurs about their sexual orientation at them. When the men stopped at the dance school, the pedestrian approached them and started a fight. 

Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and Commander Tom Middendorp visit Dutch soldiers on NATO mission in Lithuania, 10 Apr 2017
Apr 11 '17 14:20

Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert wants to keep Dutch soldiers in Lithuania for longer, she said during a visit to the soldiers there. Officially the mission ends at the end of this year, but she thinks the Dutch aid will be needed for longer, RTL Nieuws reports.

"We will stay here for as long as die situation requires it, but we will also look at what other allies can do", Hennis said, according to the broadcaster. "Huge investments are being made here."

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Apr 11 '17 10:15

A number of politicians in The Hague are concerned about a conference for supporters of the Eritrean dictatorial regime that is planned for the Netherlands, NOS reports based on information from OneWorld.

The gathering will be the annual European conference for youth wing of the only party allowed in Eritrea. It is not yet clear when and where the conference will be held. But according to the broadcaster, it will be in the Netherlands and in the next couple of days. Around 650 people are expected to attend. 

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Apr 11 '17 09:33

The municipality of Amsterdam plans to ban beer bikes from the city center as of November 1st, Mayor Eberhard van der Laan informed the city council on Monday, Het Parool reports.

Dutch government plane, PH-KBX
Apr 11 '17 09:03

The Netherlands sold its old government plane, Fokker 70 PH-KBX, to Australian airline Alliance Airlines for 3.7 million euros, the Telegraaf reports. Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen of Infrastructure wil officially announce the sale on Tuesday, according to the newspaper.

Children
Apr 11 '17 08:38

The Dutch municipalities of Leiden, The Hague, Deventer, Groningen and Breda are all establishing a Children's Council in which the aldermen of these cities will actively work with the recommendations of kids. Princess Laurentien of the Missing Chapter Foundation and State Secretary Jetta Klijnsma of Social Affairs will kick off the test run for the Children's Councils on Tuesday, ANP reports.

Protestors outside Turkey's consulate in Rotterdam
Apr 10 '17 15:15

There were indications that the Turkish Minister Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya's security guards were carrying weapons during disturbances at the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam last month, the Dutch government wrote to parliament on Monday. The police therefore ". No weapons were found after they were arrested, AD reports.

Geert Wilders
Apr 10 '17 13:30

PVV leader Geert Wilders is planning several sequels to his 2008 anti-Islam film Fitna. On Twitter he announced that he is working on  "Fitna 2 to 10". According to Wilders, the 9 new Fitna films will be short films that "clearly explain the danger of Islam and the necessity for de-Islamization".

Pegida demonstration in Groningen, 9 Apr 2017
Apr 10 '17 12:55

Four underage boys were arrested in Groningen on Sunday just before two demonstrations in the city - one by anti-Islam movement Pegida and a counter protest by Groningen Tolerant. According to the police, they boys were arrested for being in the possession of fireworks and brass knuckles and not being able to identify themselves, GIC reports.

A few hours after the protests, the police said that the arrested boys seemed to have no connection to the Pegida demonstration.

Lecture Hall
Apr 10 '17 11:10

When the basic study grant was abolished, the government promised that the money saved would be invested in education. The government is failing to live up to that promise, according to student organizations ISO and LSVB, RTL Nieuws reports.

According to the organizations, in the year 2000 the government spent nearly 20 thousand euros for each student at university. In 2025 that amount will be only 14,300 euros. There is also a decline for students attending colleges. 

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Apr 10 '17 08:17

Departing Dutch Finance Minister and Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem is feeling shunned over a statement he made in an interview over not spending all your money on "Schnapps and women" and then asking for help. "Everyone is walking circles around me", he said in an interview with the Volkskrant. "The issue escalated enormously, it's now like I committed a war crime." Nevertheless, he still stands behind the statement, he said to the newspaper.

Apr 7 '17 15:40

Departing Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem will remain chairman of the Eurogroup for the time being, he said after a meeting of the EU Finance Ministers in Malta on Friday. None of his colleagues asked for his resignation, Dijsselbloem said, NOS reports.

Henk Kamp
Apr 7 '17 15:05

The Netherlands wants to be a permanent member of the G20 - an annual meeting of the 20 leading economies in the world. According to Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs, the Netherlands deserves a spot on the G20 as the 17th largest economy in the world, AD reports. 

"At the next G20 reshuffle, it is logical that the Netherlands will become a permanent member", Kamp said. "The next Cabinet should work on that."

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