Politics

Anti-blackface Zwarte Piet protesters in Rotterdam, 12 Nov 2016
Nov 17 '16 15:25

Protest group Kick Out Zwarte Piet is plainning at least three more protests against blackface Zwarte Piet in the coming weeks, the organization announced on Thursday, ANP reports.

The group will hold "peaceful protests" at Sinterklaas' arrival in Leiden on November 19th, in Utrecht on November 26th and Rotterdam on November 207th.

Nov 17 '16 14:15

The commeration of Dutch slavery and celebration of its abolition will be held on July 1st again next year. June 30th will become the National Day of Reflectioin, the national institute for Dutch slavery history NiNsee and national resistance movement "Say No to NiNsee" agreed on Wednesday, NU.nl. reports.

Lady Justice (Photo: Roland Zumbuehl/Wikimedia Commons)
Nov 17 '16 12:44

The Public Prosecutor demanded a fine of 5 thousand euros against PVV leader Geert Wilders for hate speech and incitement in the high security court at Schiphol on Thursday, according to Telegraaf reporter Saskia Belleman tweeting live from the courtroom. 

Cruise ships Costa NeoRomantica (l) and Celebrity Constellation at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, 12 Aug 2012
Nov 17 '16 11:55

A majority in the Amsterdam city council supports moving the Dutch capital's cruise ship terminal out of the city center, was revealed in a debate on the matter on Wednesday, Het Parool reports.

Pete Hoekstra
Nov 17 '16 08:59

Pete Hoekstra from Groningen is a candidate to run the United States intelligence service CIA under Donald Trump's administration. He would consider it an honor, he said to Newsmax TV.  "But this is a call that Mr. Trump needs to make", the 63-year-old Dutch man said to the American station. "He needs to have someone that he can have total confidence in at the CIA."

Nov 17 '16 07:45

The Dutch Ministry of Defense will get more money in the coming years, no matter who wins the elections in March next year. Almost all parliamentary parties think there were to many cutbacks on the Defense budget in recent years, was revealed during the parliamentary debate on that budget on Wednesday, NOS reports. 

Nov 17 '16 07:33

American President-elect Donald Trump released a list of all the world leaders he's spoken to since winning the U.S. election with the most electoral votes last week, to show how hard he's been working. But he forgot to add Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to the list.

Wilders
Nov 16 '16 16:10

Public Prosecutor Wouter Bos believes that the revolves around two fundemental values in Dutch society: freedom of expression and protection against discrimination, he said in court on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.

Nov 16 '16 09:48

The VVD and D66 are calling for unmarried fathers to have the same rights as other parents in a newly submitted legislative proposal. According to the parties, many parents do not know about the extra paperwork unmarried fathers have to complete if they want custody of their child, NU.nl reports.

Currently biological mothers and married fathers automatically get custody, while unmarried fathers have to fill out extra paperwork. If they fail to do so they do nothave custody of their child. This could create problems, for example, if the mother dies or if they separate. 

Nov 16 '16 09:29

Dutch Finance Minister and Eurogroup Chariman Jeroen Dijsselbloem thinks that British minister Boris Johnson is misleading the British population about the options and consequences of the he said in the BBC program Newsnight. 

Nov 16 '16 08:25

State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice decided to scrap the bonus offered to undocumented Moroccans and Algerians if they leave the Netherlands voluntarily, he announced on Tuesday, ANP reports.

Nov 15 '16 14:35

The so called Gulen-movement "certainly" played a role in a failed coup in Turkey earlier this year, Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans said in an interview with Knack on Tuesday, AD reports.

The Turkish government sees cleric Fethullah Gulen as the mastermind behind the , but so far has little evidence to prove it. Gulen currently lives in the United States.

Nov 15 '16 10:05

About 40 Dutch-Moroccans had the chance to demand compensation from Geert Wilders in court on Monday as the continued. According to the aggrieved parties, Wilders is responsible for the acceptance of discrimination in the Netherlands, AD reports.

Nov 15 '16 08:41

If Diederik Samsom is again elected leader of the PvdA, then the party will have no signficant role in the forming of the new cabinet, Deputy Prime Minister and PvdA leader candidate Lodewijk Asscher said during the first PvdA leader debate in The Hague on Monday. According to him, should leadership of the PvdA not change, PVV leader Geert Wilders and VVD leader Mark RUtte will call the shots, NU.nl reports.

Nov 14 '16 14:15

With European citizens becoming more polarized when it comes to integration, Islam and asylum, the Netherlands must prepare for a possible attack during the parliamentary elections in March, cautions Dick Schoof, the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security. Radicalized loners, both ultra nationalists and religious fanatics, could be particularly dangerous, he told radio station BNR.

HNLMS De Zeven Provincien
Nov 14 '16 13:59

A joint purchase by the Netherlands and Belgium will give the navies of those two countries access to twelve minesweepers and four frigates, according to Belgian media outlet De Redactie. An estimated four-billion euro purchase price will be split by the neighboring nations, presuming Dutch defense minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and her Belgian counterpart, Steven Vandeput, sign the deal later in November.

Nov 11 '16 17:15

Rotterdam police arrested two men on Friday morning after they exchanged heated messages back and forth on social media. One person was in favor of the winter mythical character, Zwarte Piet, remaining in blackface, while the other was opposed to the character, police said.

Only the 57-year-old man from Amsterdam was accused of making a threat. Both he and a 26-year-old from Utrecht are alleged of encouraging public disorder and criminal behavior.

Nov 11 '16 16:20

Scheduled train service between Amsterdam and Schiphol airport will not take place this weekend due to maintenance work on the railroad. Travelers will instead be transported by bus to and from the airport, which should take an extra 15 to 30 minutes, the Dutch railway NS stated on its website.

The service interruption is part of a long-term plan to build additional tracks and overpasses so more trains can service the airport from the capital city, railway maintenace firm ProRail said on its website.

Nov 11 '16 15:35

Health and Sport minister Edith Schippers wants the management of Dutch football club PSV Eindhoven to help Spanish authorities to track down the football fans who spent time aggressively taunting people begging for change on the streets of Madrid last March. She renewed her request just 12 days before the team is set to return to the city to face Atletico Madrid on Nov. 23.

Nov 11 '16 15:09

The Dutch cabinet has given its approval to decrease the age someone in the Netherlands is allowed to get behind the wheel of a car from 18 years of age down to 17. The 17 year olds who pass their written exams are then allowed to get on-the-road training from an instructor, with the goal of passing their practical exams when they turn 18.

Nov 10 '16 14:40

Lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops will continue defending Geert Wilders in the hate speech trial against the PVV leader centered around statements he made about wanting "fewer Moroccans" in the Netherlands while campaigning in The Hague in 2014. The lawyer made his intentions to stay on the trial clear in a press release on Thursday, NOS reports.

Nov 10 '16 11:45

Kirstallnacht was quietly commemorated in Amsterdam on Wednesday night. Despite disagreements between various organizations who wanted to organize the memorial, there were no incidents, NOS reports.

During the night of November 9th to 10th, 1983 Nazis in Germany burned down 1,400 synagogues and 7,500 Jewish stores. Hundreds of Jews were murdered. Kristallnacht was the first major assault against Jews in Germany since the Nazis took power in 1933. It marks the change from discrimination against Jews to systematic persecution that eventually ended in the Holocaust. 

Nov 9 '16 16:10

PVV leader Geert Wilders thinks that Donald Trump'swill change the way politics work forever. "Politics will never be the same, take it from me", he said to NOS. 

Nov 9 '16 13:50

Minister Stef Blok of Housing officially declared the renovations to the Binnenhof in The Hague confidential. The Binnenhof is where most of the political buildings in the Netherlands are located. In the interest of security, the Minister therefore decided that information about security, installations and equipment should not be widely known, NOS said. 

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