The PvdA was complicit in normalizing racism and discrimination over the past 20 years, candidate MP for DENK Sylvana Simons said in the Amsterdam debate center De Balie in an interview with Wilfred Genee on Sunday. In a reaction PvdA leader Diederik Samsom called these accusations "absurd", NU.nl reports.
Winsum mayor Rinus Michels openly apologized to a farmer whose land will have to be used for the construction of an emergency road. That road is needed to avoid an unguarded railway crossing, where a train derailed on Friday injuring 18 people, NU.nl reports.
The Netherlands will return thousands of Indonesian cultural artifacts kept by the Netherlands since colonial times, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte promised while meeting with Indonesian president Joko Widodo in Jakarta, local news agency Jakarta Globe reports.
A majority in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, voted for a government proposal that bans the wear of face-covering clothing in certain public spaces. If you do not complain with this "burka ban", you risk a fine of 450 euros, NU.nl reports.
Far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders, on trial for hate speech, said he has a responsibility to pointedly address the problems he sees in Dutch society no matter how sensitive the topic. “I’m still here. I’m never giving up,” Wilders said in court as part of his closing statement.
Geert Wilders can partly thank the current hate-speech trial against him to a legislative proposal he himself supported in 2005, according to professor of sanction law Henny Sackers. In 2005 the Public Prosecutor filed a motion to increase prosecutioin and punishment for hate speech, racism and discrimination - and Wilders supported it, the Volkskrant reports.
VVD parliamentarian Fred Teeven is stepping aside as parliamentarian to undergo a brain surgery in January. The expectation is that he wil not return to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, to speak before the elections in March next year, the Telegraaf reported on Wednesday.
December 22nd will be Teeven's last regular working day before the surgery in January. He may still occassionally return to the Kamer to vote before the elections, but not as a spokesperson, according to the newspaper.
A 37-year-old man from Kudelstaart was arrested on suspicion of making and posting a threatening video online about politician Sylvana Simons. The man turned himself in at a police station on Tuesday and he is being questioned, the Amsterdam police announced.
In the video Simons, who is a candidate parliamentarian for new party DENK, is portrayed as the victim of a racist lynching. Her face was photoshopped onto the bodies of lynched black Americans.
Amsterdam regrets that no agreement was reached between the government and municipalities regarding the shelter of failed asylum seekers, but the city does not see this as a reason to stop offering them shelter, a spokesperson for mayor Eberhard van der Laan said to Het Parool.
The Netherlands is giving another 4 million euros to support the Syrian rescue workers the White Helmets, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs announced in The Hague on Monday at a screening of a documentary about the White Helmets, NU.nl reports.
The Wester Mosque in Amsterdam-West wants to amplify its call to prayer by making it from its minaret, despite previous agreements not to do so, Het Parool reports.
The wish of the mosque to make its call to prayer from the 42 meter high minaret came to light in the summer, to the dismay of the homeowners association of the adjascent residential complex. It was brought up again when Mayor Eberhard van der Laan visited the mosque last week. The Amsterdam VVD now wants to know what's going on.
Geert Wilders will attend at least one hearing in the hate-speech trial currently ongoing against him. On Twitter he announced that he will make use of his right to have the final word in what he calls the "trial against freedom of expression". The PVV leader will have his chance to speak on Wednesday, NOS reports.
The D66 wants official European safety standards for devices that connect to the so-called internet of things. Devices that do not meet these standards should be banned, parliamenterian Kees Verhoeven said in an interview with NU.nl. He will submit a proposal addressing this to Dutch parliament next week.
Former GroenLinks leader Bram van Ojik may return to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament. His name is on the 10th spot on GroenLinks list of candidates, which was presented on Sunday, NRC reports.
Van Ojik, 62, decided to step down as GroenLinks leader halfway through his term in may last year. He handed over the reigns of the party to current leader 30-year-old Jesse Klaver.
Both the PVV and 50Plus gained popularity this past week in Maurice de Hond's latest poll. The PVV now stands at 30 virtual seats, putting Geert Wilders' party 4 seats ahead of the VVD. 50Plus now stands at 11 seats, giving the party for the elderly more seats than the PvdA, wich stands at 10.
According to Het Parool, this is the first time since 2013 that 50Plus is doing so well on the polls.
Tom Middendorp, Chief of Defense, feels he should have intervened earlier in cuts to the Defense budget, he said in an interview with NRC. He blames himself for the effects now suffered as a result of the massive budget cuts over the past years.
Discussions between the government and municipalities on shelter and provisions for failed asylum seekers and other undocumented migrants failed. No agreement could be reached, State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice announced on Monday, NU.nl reports.
It seems that ruling party VVD will support regulating cannabis cultivation in the Netherlands after all. During a VVD conference in Noordwijkerhout a vast majority of party members forced the party leaders to change their positition on this issue by voting in a proposal for "smarter regulatioin" brought by party members in Zuid-Nederland, Trouw reports.
The Public Prosecutor abused its power by charging Geert Wilders with hate speech, according to the PVV leader's lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops in court on Friday. According to the lawyer, the Prosecutor charged Wilders because he doesn't like Wilders' beliefs, not because theya re punishable, Telegraaf reporter Saskia Belleman tweets live from within the court room.
Right-wing grop Pegida decided to protest against Amsterdam's decision not to allow blackface makeup at its Sinterklaas party by parading Zwarte Pieten in blackface makeup through some of Amsterdam's most ethnically diverse neigborhoods.
The municipality of Geleen approved a protest against blackface Zwarte Piet at the Sinterklaas party in the center of the city on Saturday. This follows a meeting with the initiators of the protest on Thursday, 1Limburg reports.
The activists plan a silent protest at Sinterklaas' arrival in the city on Saturday. They hope to stand close to the Saint's podium. A spokesperson for the municipality told L1 that a spot has been designated for the protesters, but the location will not be announced yet. According to the spokesperson, it is a small group of protesters.
Asylum seekers who have a good chance of getting refugee status in the Netherlands, will from now on start language lessons almost immediately. Syrian- and Eritrean asylum seekers in particular will benefit from this new policy, PvdA Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs announced, the Telegraaf reports.
A total of 20 confidential documents were found in Economic Minister Henk Kamp's private email account, which he used for work puroposes for a long time, the Minister wrote to parliament on Thursday following an investigation by the national auditing service ADR. One of those documents contained a state secret with the highest classification of "Zeer Geheim", or Very Secret in English, NU.nl reports.
Both intelligence service AIVD and the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security Dick Schoof contacted Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb prior to Sinterklaas' arrival in Maassluis on Saturday to warn him about possible clashes between anti-blackface Zwarte Piet activists, right-wing protesters and hooligans, the mayor said in a debate with his city council on Thursday, NOS reports.