The improving economy and falling unemployment have the Dutch population generally feeling less pessimistic about the future of the Netherlands. The majority of the population is still negative, however, according to a quarterly survey by social and cultural planning office SCP, ANP reports.
The Dutch prosecutor's office, OM, waited about four days to notify the cabinet that the man suspected of carrying out a terrorist attack in Berlin also spent time in the Netherlands after the incident. Dutch authorities ultimately notified Minister Ard van der Steur (Security and Justice) that the suspect, Anis Amri, traveled through the Netherlands, Van der Steur said in answer to parliamentary questions on Thursday.
Opposition parties were angered by the delay in notifying the cabinet minister, calling it an apparent lack of urgency among the Dutch authorities.
Former DENK politician Sylvana Simons plans to advocate for fair hiring practices and against discrimination, not only based on race but also on sexual orientation, in her new party Artikel 1, she said in an interview with EenVandaag on Tuesday.
Sylviana Simons' new political party Artikel 1 was founded weeks before she announced that she was leaving political party DENK, the Telegraaf reports based on documents from the Chamber of Commerce.
Simons managed to keep her plans for resigning from DENK secret, while establishing her new party in time for the elections, by registering the new party on the name of cultural activists Bram Verhappen and Reguillo Wijngaarde, instead of her own, according to the newspaper.
Uncertainty reigns around donations made by Jewish-American writer and anti-Islamist David Horowitz to Geert Wilders' party PVV, NRC reports. According to the newspaper's own research, it is unclear which amounts were donated to the Dutch anti-Islam party and when, as the amounts and dates Horowitz report do not correspond to those of the PVV.
No Islamic primary school will be opening in Naaldwijk in Westland. While the municipality approved the plans for the school, State Secretary Sander Dekker of Education decided not to give his permission. According to him, the plan for the school does not meet all the conditions, NOS reports.
When European Commissioner Frans Timmermans was a PvdA parliamentarian in 2010, he did nothing for six months because he had not be given the party's Foreign Affairs portfolio, Home Affairs Minister Ronald Plasterk said in an interview with the Volkskrant. Plasterk was also a parliamentarian at the time.
A total of 42 Dutch parliamentarians resigned since the previous election in 2012. That is the most of any cabinet since 1981, the Financieele Dagblad reports based on data from the Parliamentary Documentation Center of Leiden University. On average 35 parliamentarians resign during a typical four year term of government.
Earlier this month State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice suggested that mayors keep problem causing asylum seekers under a form of house arrest during the holidays. But forcing asylum seekers to stay inside goes against Dutch law, legal experts from the Center for Public Order and Safety said to broadcaster BNR.
Sylvana Simons left political party DENK and is starting her own party called Artikel 1. According to her, DENK did not support her enough after she was threatened and she can not agree with the style of the party, she said in interviews with the style of the party, she said in interviews with NOS and the Volkskrant.
The chance that the VVD will form a ruling coalition with the PVV after the elections in March next year, is "zero" in content, VVD leader Halbe Zijlstra said in parliament on Sunday, ANP reports.
Zijlstra reiterated the VVD's position that it will consider any party in principle, but stressed that the chances of cooperation with the PVV is negligible. According to him, the VVD sees nothing in a coalition partner that wants to abolish religious freedom and freedom of expression for whole groups of people.
The Public Prosecutor is paying extra attention to discrimination on social media with the elections coming up on March 15th, chief prosecutor Theo Hofstee said in an interview with AT5. He wants quick action if someone is insulted or discriminated against.
The Dutch government has put the government plane - a Fokker 70 with the registration PH-KBX - up for sale. The plane is listed on an online market place for airplanes, ANP reports.
How much the government expects to make from the sale is not yet clear. The ad on the site avbuyer.com states that the plane is in an "excellent condition" and only has 8,514 flight hours on its clock. The add also has fotos of the planes interior.
The government wants to buy a new government plane in May of next year. That is expected to cost between 50 and 90 million euros.
The government will not make a decision this year on closing the coal plants in the Netherlands, sources in The Hague told news wire ANP. This is expected to annoy parliament, who wants Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs to make haste with the closure of the plants.
A major Christmas celebration of eight schools was canceled in Meppel, Drenthe on Thursday. An attack on the Christmas market in Berlin on Monday played a big role in the decision to cancel the event, school director Herman Langhorst said to De Stentor. The organizers fear that panic would have overrun the visitors.
A large number of parliamentarians are hesitating over extending the UN mission in Mali. They are concerned over a lack of air support to the Dutch troops there as there will be no access to fighting helicopters between March 1st and May 1st, the Volkskrant reports.
The Public Prosecutor is prosecuting at least 10 people for discriminating against, threatening or insulting politician Sylvana Simons, a spokesperson confirmed to NU.nl. Some are also being prosecuted for sedition.
While registering and identifying arriving asylum seekers with institutions like the IND, police, and COA goes well, too little time and equipment are available to properly identify and track down asylum seekers with terrorist plans, the Security and Justice Inspectorate says in a a report, NOS reports.
Dutch hero Marion Pritchard-Van Binsbergen died at the age of 06 in Washington on December 11th, was announced today. During World War II she rescued 150 Jews from the Holocaust by finding them places to hide, helping them with the necessary documents and in one case killing a police officer who was threatening a family and hiding his body, the Volkskrant reports.
Turkey recalled the leader of Turkish-Dutch mosque dome Diyanet from the Netherlands, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs announced on Wednesday. Yusuf Acar is accused of keeping a list of Gulen supporters in the Netherlands and passing it on to the Turkish government.
A judge in Overijssel was reprimanded and had her Twitter account suspended after she responded to EenVandaag naming PVV leader Geert Wilders politician of the year with the word: "Knettergek", which loosely translates to "madness" in English.
A majority in the Tweede Kamer on Tuesday approved a bill that allows the police to hack suspects in a criminal case. A stricter variant of the law was voted in, in which the police are obliged to immediately report software vulnerabilities to its developers, NU.nl reports.
The law is called Cybercrime III and states that the police can hack the computers of suspects in criminal investigations. This involves suspects in cybercrime, but also other forms of serious crime that carry a penalty of at least 4 years in prison.
While the Netherlands often goes farther than neighboring countries in the field of counterterrorism measures, many anti-terror laws are still waiting to be implemented, according to Dutch parliamentarians. This needs to change as soon as possible, was the sentiment in the Tweede Kamer during a debate on the attack in Berlin on Monday, the Telegraaf reports.
The Tweede Kamer is the lower house of Dutch parliament.