Politics

Jan 16 '17 07:52

The VVD will not team up with the PVV after the elections coming up in March, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on television program Buitenhof on Saturday. And with that Geert Wilders and his anti-Islam populist party has no one to cooperate with after the elections - each political party has excluded working with the PVV, the Volkskrant reports. 

Rutte said that the "probability is not 0.1, but zero that the VVD will govern with the PVV", on Buitenhof. "It's not going to happen." Previously the PvdA, CDA, D66, GroenLinks and SP already closed the door on working with the PVV. 

Jan 13 '17 14:45

A anti-asylum seeker headline in Dutch newspaper the Telegraaf on Saturday led to a campaign calling on businesses to pull their advertisements from the "xenophobic" newspaper.

The headline in Dutch read: "Kanslose aslieplaag ongehinderd verder". Translated to English, it reads: "Prospectless asylum plague continues without hindrance". 

Jan 13 '17 10:20

Out of fear of being eavesdropped on, Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher did not dare to call Prime Minister Mark Rutte from his cellphone after flight MH17 was shot down in July 2014, Asscher said on television program Jinek. 

The Deputy Prime Minister was on holiday in France at the time. Instead of calling the Prime Minister from his mobile phone, he knocked on the door of a neighbor and asked if he could use her landline. "I had to talk to the Prime Minster in The Hague. That you don't do with your mobile. These discussioins might be of interest to Russians or others."

Jan 13 '17 10:01

With the parliamentary elections coming up in March, and warnings from American security experts that the , Dutch parliament is focused on fixing cyber defense issues and increasing cyber security.

Jan 13 '17 09:43

The gap between ethnicities, social classes and various education levels is smaller then you might think, according to Wil Tiemeijer, researcher at the scientific council for government policy WRR. But constantly talking about it and reading about it in the media exaggerates the problem, he said to newspaper Trouw.

Jan 12 '17 10:30

Allow students to travel with their student public transit cards every day of the week, calls D66 parliamentarian Paul van Meenen. According to him, it will mean that trains will be much quieter on Monday mornings and Friday afternoons, Metro Nieuws reports.

Jan 12 '17 08:44

Security experts in the United States are convinced that the Netherlands will be targeted by Russian hackers in the run-up to the parliamentary elections in March, like the American Democratic Party was during the U.S. elections, NOS reports. "The Dutch government is very, very alert", Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs said to the broadcaster. "I have no concrete evidence that this is the case, but I am not naive."

Geert Wilders rally in Purmerend
Jan 11 '17 09:10

Anti-Islam nationalist party PVV will not be in the next Dutch government after the elections in March of this year, according to ING economists Martin van Vliet and Dimitry Flemming. In a report titled Much ado about nothing... probably, they list several reasons why they believe Geert Wilders and his PVV will not cause political earthquakes after the elections, Business Insider Nederland reports. 

Jan 11 '17 07:58

The distribution of funds between the national government and municipalities should be urgently reassessed by the new cabinet, the Council for Financial Relations said, according to newspaper Trouw. The Council called the current system "inefficient", "cluttered" and "inconsistent".

Jan 11 '17 07:34

By the end fo this year, Dutch universities must employ 100 more female professors than they do now, Minister Jet Bussemaker of Education, Culture and Sciende orered. She is making 5 million euros available over the next 5 years to attract suitable female candidates, the Volkskrant reports.

This is on top of previous agreements on appointing 200 female professors  by 2020. "In the Netherlands it's simply not going fast enough", Bussemaker said. She explained her policy on the field of scientific talent in a letter sent to parliament on Wednesday. 

Jan 10 '17 11:25

Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs is satisfied with security on the Dutch government's websites, he said in response to parliamentary questions. This is despite a recent study by the Open State Foundation that found that o

Jan 10 '17 09:09

According to PvdA leader Lodewijk Asscher, the free movement of workers in the European Union - one of the EU's core values - has become a "business model for lwo wages". He calls on his European colleagues to put a stop to his by limiting labor migration in the EU, the Volkskrant reports.

Arriva train derailed after crash with milk truck near Winsum, 18 Nov 2016
Jan 9 '17 09:51

The Dutch government is making another 25 million euros available to secure unguarded railroad crossings throughout the country. This is on top of 10 million euros already dedicated to the purpose, State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and Environment announced, according to BNR.

Some of the unguarded railway crossings will be closed, others will be equipped with booms or warning signs. Dijksma hopes to convince provinces and municipalities to also contribute money for this purpose.

Lethal injection room at a prison in Calaforina
Jan 6 '17 12:10

The SGP faction in Zwartewaterland is calling for the return of the death penalty. "Whoever sheds man's blood, his blood shall be shed by man", faction leader Dirk van der Sluis quoted the bible at newspaper AD. "Returning the death penalty is God's word and therefore an important reason why we want to do so."

Jan 6 '17 08:50

Gas extraction in Groningen will not be further reduced for the time being, the Council of State ruled in an emergency case filed by concerned local residents, GIC reports.

At this stage NAM is allowed to extract per year. 

Police officers on the street
Jan 5 '17 09:50

The police are facing shortages in people, resources and capabilities, making it impossible for them to do their jobs, according to police union ACP. And police officers have no more confidence that politicians will be able to tackle these problems, the union determined ina survey among 1,700 police officers, ANP reports.

Jacket taken from a homeless man by the Rotterdam police, 3 Jan 2017
Jan 5 '17 08:54

The Rotterdam police confiscated a jacket from a homeless person, because the jacket had the logo of a security company on it. A police officer posted a photo of the jacket on Twitter, leading to outraged reactions on the social media platform and from local politicians.

Early this week officers were escorting seven homeless people out of a car park where they were sleeping. One officer noticed the logo on the jacket. "Confiscated and returned to the security company", a police officer tweeted with a photo of the jacket.

Jan 5 '17 08:01

Anis Amri, the Tunisian man suspected of driving a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin on December 19th, spent several hours in Amsterdam two days later, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice confirmed in a letter to parliament on Wednesday. Amri was caught on surveillance cameras in the Dutch capital, the Dutch Public Prosecutor confirmed, the Telegraaf reports.

Jan 4 '17 14:25

The Netherlands and Belgium are now working together to protect the Benelux air space. Luxembourg is also involved int he cooperation. Representatives of the three countries signed an agreement on this joint air space protection in December, NOS reports.

Jan 4 '17 08:48

The Dutch government is having discussions with Belgium, Germany and France about implementing a registry for people traveling on international buses, trains and boats, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Security and Justice said to the Volkskrant. This follows terror Anis Amri suspect after he drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin on December 19th.

Guy Fawkes mask often used by hackers
Jan 3 '17 08:30

Russian hackers made use of a private Dutch server to attack the American Democratic Party, the Volkskrant reports based on documents from the United States' Department of homeland Security. The Dutch server in question belongs to Rejo Zenger, who wors for privacy organization Bits of Freedom.

Police
Jan 2 '17 08:40

The Dutch police took tweets in which a police chief criticized Security and Justice Minister Ard van der Steur offline on Sunday, a spokesperson for the Hague police said to AD. In the tweet the police chief reacted with annoyance to Van der Steur calling violence against emergency services personnel "unacceptable".

Lady Justice
Dec 30 '16 12:54

The Netherlands is implementing a total of 50 changes to Dutch law as of January 1st, 2017. These changes affect everything from the minimum wage and what is covered in the basic health insurance package to the amount in mortgage you can borrow when buying a house.

The Dutch government published their annual roundup of law changes in the week before Christmas, broken down into nine categories. Find the summary below.

Geert Wilders
Dec 30 '16 10:45

PVV leader Geert Wilders is not undermining the legal system with about "" and "", a

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