Politics

Posters for the Netherlands' parliamentary elections, March 2017
Apr 24 '17 08:16

The votes of 919 Dutch people abroad did not reach the Netherlands in time to count in the , the Volkskrant reports based on information from the municipality of The Hague. The city served as central point for votes coming from abroad.

Mark Rutte
Apr 21 '17 15:20

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte condemned the "awful acts of terrorism" that left on Thursday evening.

"Awful act of terrorism last night in Paris. Our thoughts are with the victims. I expressed our sympathies to President Francois Hollande", Rutte wrote on Twitter. 

Pechtold
Apr 20 '17 15:10

D66 leader Alexander Pechtold hopes that by the end of today's government formation negotiations - the last session before the May recess - there will be more clarity on the status of forming a government between the VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks, he said before entering the talks on Thursday, NU.nl reports.

"We should get an idea today about where we stand", Pechtold said. "This past week was important and useful. Sometimes very tough, but still with good steps."

Liberation plane in Amsterdam, 5 May 1945
Apr 20 '17 11:40

A call for eyewitnesses of a liberation plane landing in Amsterdam on May 5th, 1945 produced rare video footage of the actual plane. The 47 second long video was submitted by Els Kronenberg-Willems, whose father made the film, Het Parool reports.

Hundreds gather at the Gay Monument in Amsterdam to protest against "gay camps" in Chechnya, Russia, 19 Apr 2017
Apr 20 '17 08:30

The municipality of Amsterdam calls on the Dutch government to admonish Russia about camps in Chechnya in which homosexual men are being locked up, alderman Eric van der Burg said at a protest against these camps at the gay monument in the Dutch capital on Wednesday. Amsterdam also wants State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice to change the asylum policy for Chechen LGBT men, ANP reports.

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Apr 19 '17 10:25

The poorest households in the Netherlands pay relatively the most on the climate policy, according to a study commissioned by the Dutch Friends of the Earth, Milieudefensie. The poorest households pay over 5 percent of their income to the climate policy, wihile the richest 10 percent of Dutch pay only 1.5 percent, Nieuwsuur reports.

Apr 19 '17 09:11

The voting behavior of Dutch-Turks in the recent breathed new life into debate on dual-nationality in the Netherlands. Of the, 71 percent voted pro-Erdogan.

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Apr 19 '17 08:42

The departing VVD and PvdA government reached an agreement to push an extra 200 million euros into nursing home care. This is on top of 100 million euros already pledged to solving the most pressing problems in nursing homes, NOS reports.

Jesse Klaver
Apr 18 '17 11:55

Negotiations between the VVD, D66, CDA and GroenLinks on forming a new Dutch government together will resume today. Talks were k after GroenLinks leader Jesse Klaver's mother was hospitalized. Her condition is still worrying, but Klaver will be back at the negotiation table on Tuesday, his spokesperson said to ANP.

A silver coin from De Rooswijk, a Dutch East Indies ship that sank near England in 1740
Apr 18 '17 11:20

The Dutch government ordered a salvage operation for the cargo of an 18th century Dutch East Indies ship which sank near Kent, England in 1740. An international team will salvage the cargo of De Rooswijk between July and October, NU.nl reports.

Minister Jet Bussemaker of Education, Culture and Science called De Rooswijk a "time capsule" in an interview with AD on Tuesday. The ship offers "a unique view into the past", the departing Minster said. "The archeological information we can gain from this wreck is extremely valuable to describe this period in history."

Turkey flag
Apr 18 '17 10:08

Not a single country in the European Union, including the Netherlands, congratulated Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his on Sunday. The projected results show that 51.4 percent of Turks voted 'yes' on a referendum that gives Erdogan more power, including the possibility of ruling Turkey until 2029.

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Apr 18 '17 08:23

About a third of kids in group 8 score higher in their final test than the level at which their school estimated them, according to a report by the Education Inspectorate. For 13 thousand kids, about one in five students, this led to a an adjusted high school advice last year. The Inspectorate noticed that especially kids of highly educated parents end up getting a better advice as these parents are more insistent about it and are more likely to get tutors for their children, AD reports.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Apr 17 '17 15:51

With Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan claiming a narrow victory in a referendum designed to give his office more power, several politicians in the Netherlands expressed disdain for the vote results. Erdogan opponents in Turkey questioned the veracity of the vote count, with Turkish state media claiming that 70 percent of Turkish passport holders in the Netherlands .

Pandas Xing Ya and Wu Weng on their way to their new home at Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen, 12 Apr 2017
Apr 14 '17 08:25

While panda enthusiasts across the Netherlands on Wednesday, Amnesty International posted a video on social media reminding people not to let the pandas make them forget about all the human rights violations in China.

Integration exam
Apr 14 '17 07:25

There are many problems with the integration exam immigrants have to pass if they want to get their Dutch passport, language schools, teachers of Dutch as a second language ant the NT2 professional association said to newspaper Trouw. This results in many immigrants struggling to integrate into Dutch society, according to the language teachers.

Dutch F-35 Joint Strike Fighter by Lockheed Martin
Apr 13 '17 17:00

The Netherlands will provide the first space outside the United States to test engines for the Joint Strike Fighter jet programme, the Dutch Defense ministry announced on Thursday. A test facility will be built in Woensdrecht, Noord-Brabant with equipment, spare parts and training provided by engine manufactuer Pratt & Whitney.

The ministry, Noord-Brabant as well as the Economic Affairs ministry will invest in a maintenance workshop and testing ground. It is expected to provide work for specialists through 2049, the Defense ministry stated.

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Apr 13 '17 14:45

A majority of the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, is in favor of a legislative amendment that would extend confidentiality to also apply to parliamentarians' digital communications, such as WhatsApp messages and emails. The government submitted the proposed amendment in 2014, and the Tweede Kamer debated it on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.

Sylvana Simons
Apr 13 '17 09:58

The Public Prosecutor demanded varying lengths of community service against five men accused of t.

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.

Rainbow flag
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. 

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