Politics

Mark Rutte
Nov 9 '16 11:12

Prime Minister Mark Rutte congratulated Donald Trump on his projected victory in the United States election. "After a tense election campaign, the American people have spoken and decided on Donald Trump. I sincerely congratulate him on his election", Rutte said in a reaction on Facebook.

While the official vote count is not in yet, American media

Nov 9 '16 10:16

Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs thinks that Donald Trump should be judged on his actions "The American people have spoken, after a tense election campaign that also made many tensions and divisioins visible", he said to NOS in a first reaction.

Nov 9 '16 09:21

American news agencies are projecting that Donald Trump won the United States election. If correct, he will succeed current President Barack Obama in the White House. The inauguration is scheduled for January 20th, 2017. While PVV leader Geert Wilders is , left-wing politicians in The Hague are shocked.

Nov 9 '16 08:45

Volunteers for Christian party SGP packed 30 thousand eletronic candles in the center of The Hague on Tuesdsay night, one each for the 30 thousand abortions per year. The candles burned for one hour, RTL reports.

The candles were placed so that the number 30 000 could be read from the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament.

Wilders
Nov 9 '16 07:30

PVV leader Geert Wilders is elated by the increasing chances of Donald Trump to win the United States election. "The people are taking their country back", he wrote on Twitter. "So will we."

Earlier this year Wilders compared himself to Trump, saying that they are very much the same. Both owe their popularity to disgruntled voters who feel unreperesented, Wilders said in an interview with CNN.

Jacques Monasch
Nov 8 '16 08:03

Parliamentarian Jacques Monasch left the PvdA and cancelled his membership to the paryt, he announced on Monday afternoon. He is, however, holding on to his seat in parliament, NU.nl reports.

"I do this with a lot of grief. I've been a member of the PvdA since I was 16. I worked in all conres of the country for the party. But I think that the PvdA should be loyal to itself and show itself respect. They are now going a way that I can no longer take because i think we should be an open party, especially now that things are so difficult", Monasch said, according to the newspaper. 

Waalre town hall
Nov 7 '16 15:30

Waalre is rebuilding its town hall. Construction started on Monday, over four years after an attack left the building destroyed in 2012, the Telegraaf reports.

The new town hall will be in the same location as the burned building. The walls of the old building that remained standing form part of the design for the new building. 

Nov 7 '16 11:25

National Ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen calls on Dutch municipalities to immediately act on welfare requests from residents over the age of 27. A number of municipalities first require applicants to apply for jobs. According to the Ombudsman, this is "absolutely improper" and against the welfare rules, NU.nl reports.

Mark Rutte
Nov 7 '16 10:50

Prime Minister Mark Rutte gave the sermon in the Duinzicht church in The Hague on Sunday morning. He spoke about the role of religion and faith in society and about what it means for him. The Prime Minister is 51 percent sure that there is something more out there, but the other 49 percent of him has doubts, the Telegraaf reports. 

Nov 7 '16 10:12

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima arrived in a rainy New Zealand on Monday morning for a three day state visit. They were welcomed to the Government House in Wellington by a Maori ceremonial challenge, in which visitors have to show that they come with good intentions, ANP reports.

Nov 7 '16 09:32

The top four positions of the D66's draft list of candidates are made up of current party leader Alexander Pechtold and three women. Number two on the list is current parliamentarian Stientje van Veldhoven, number three is Hague alderman Ingrid van Engelshoven and number four is parliamentarian Pia Dijkstra, Pechtold announced on Goedemorgen Nederland on Monday morning.

The complete draft list of candidates will be released later on Monday.

Nov 7 '16 09:08

Judge Elianne van Rens will remain on the hate speech trial against PVV leader Geert Wilders. On Friday the court rejected the Wilders' lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops filed against her, the Volkskrant reports. 

Nov 7 '16 07:40

The Sinterklaas arrival committees in the vast majority of Dutch towns and cities decided to keep their Zwarte Pieten traditional with blackface makeup, according to a survey by NOS and regional broadcasters. Only two of the 223 surveyed committees will have no blackface makeup at Sinterklaas' arrival - Amsterdam and Heemstede.

Wilders
Nov 4 '16 16:15

Judge Elianne van Rens was rude and biased towards expert witness for the defense Paul Cliteur on Thursday in the hate speech trial against Geert Wilders, the PVV leaders' lawyer Gert-Jan Knoops said on Friday. She therefore has to be removed from the case, the lawyer defended his recusal request, the Volkskrant reports. 

Nov 4 '16 15:05

The SGP is focuessed on security and family in its campaign for the elections in March next year. The Christian party wants 4 billion euros extra for Defense, and 1 thousand euros for first time parents, NOS reports

According to the SGP, the world is rapidly becoming more dangerous and a "strong" army is needed to protect against it. "Security comes with a price tag and we have to pay it. Otherwise the price may well be too high." The party wants 5 thousand more police officers and neighborhood officers in villages nad neighborhoods.

Nov 4 '16 12:05

After , Minister Melanie Schultz wan Haegen of Infrastructure and Environment gave Amsterdam the go ahead to ban all scooters from bike paths, provided it goes with the obligation of wearing a helmet, Het Parool reports. 

Jacques Monasch
Nov 4 '16 08:31

PvdA parliamentarian Jacques Monasch is threatening to support a motion of no confidence by the opposition parties against the government next week if a decision is not made about the , he said to NOS on Thursday.

Nov 4 '16 07:56

At the request of Geert Wilders, lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops announced a recusal request against one of the judges in the. In court on Thursday Knoops announced that they want judge Elianne van Rens removed from the case because Wilders believes her biased, the Volkskrant reports.

HDP rally in Turkey, 18 May 2015
Nov 4 '16 07:23

A group of Kurdish people got together in The Hague during the early hours of Friday morning to protest against the arrest of two chairmen of the Turkis pro-Kurdish party HDP and nine other parliamentarians of the same party. It is unlcear how many people took part in the demonstration in the center of the Hague, but according to the police, there were no incidents, ANP reports.

Wilders
Nov 3 '16 14:50

PVV leader Geert Wilders' statements calling for "fewer Moroccans" while campaigning in The Hague in 2014, were not incitement to discrimination, but a "proposal for immigration restriction", Pau Cliteur said as expert witness for the defense in court on Wednesday, NOS reports.

I Amsterdam sign in rainbow colors to celebrate the 15th anniversary of marriage equality in the Netherlands, 1 Apr 2016 (Photo: @iamsterdam/Twitter)
Nov 3 '16 13:00

The Amsterdam municipality is tired of the continuous political struggles in the city's seven district and is therefore implementing a new governing structure, the Telegraaf reports. In the future the municipality will appoint local leders at district levels itself. And advisory committees consisting of citizens from the 22 Amsterdam neighborhoods will keep an eye on the appointed district councils.

Ard van der Steur
Nov 2 '16 16:30

Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice is facing criticism over a party he held in the ambassador's residence in Paris earlier this year. The main problem is that he did not pay for the venue. Parliamentarians are wondering whether Ministers should be allowed to hold private functions ont taxpayers' money, AD reports.

Chimney Piet
Nov 2 '16 14:45

At least 75 percent of the Zwarte Piet's in Amsterdam will not be wearing the traditional blacface makeup at Sinterklaas arrival in the city on November 13th, Pam Evenhuis said to NU.nl as spokesperson for the Sinterklaas organizing committee in the Dutch captial.

Nov 2 '16 09:22

Anti-blackface group Kick Out Zwarte Piet (KOZP) plans to protest in Maassluis during Sinterklaas' national arrival on November 12th. "For us 2016 will be the last year that December has an aftertaste of colonialism, slavery and opression", the group said according to RTL Nieuws.

According to the KOZP, Zwarte Piet in his current form is a racist figure. 

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