Politics

Nov 2 '16 08:50

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima commemmorated the victims of flight MH17 by visiting the Australian monument for the victims in Canberra with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. They placed sunflowers at the monument commemorating the 38 Australians killed in the airline disaster in Ukraine, NU.nl reports.

The monument is located at the Australian Parliament in Canberra. Ministers of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders and Julie Bishop also laid flowers at the monument. 

Nov 2 '16 07:31

The Netherlands should stop adopting children from abroad the Council for Criminal Law and Youth Protection said in an advice that will be presented to the government on Wednesday, Trouw reports. 

The government asked the advisory council to research ways in which the adoption process, which has been widely criticized, can be improved. The council came with the advice that foreign adoption should no longer be allowed. 

Nov 1 '16 16:00

NS, ProRail, municipalities and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment are together investing 80 million euros into creating 80 thousand extra parking spots for bicycles at train stations, the Telegraaf 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 1 '16 15:25

The Amsterdam VVD, D66 and SP are investing 3 million euros into a cleaner and safer Amsterdam. "Amsterdam is getting busier, which makes more mess and insecurity on the streets. We want extra money for a cleaner and safer city, on top of the money that is already there", Marja Ruigrok, leader of the Amsterdam faction of the VVD, said to AT5.

1.2 million euros will be used to keep the city cleaner, 1 million to address unsafe situation and another 1 million for extra enforcement capacity.

A lion at Artis Zoo in Amsterdam
Nov 1 '16 10:32

Animal party PvdD wants to close zoos as one point in its campaign for the elections in March next year. According to the party, zoos are no longer of this time and should only be a temporary residence for animals, RTL Nieuws reprots.

The party writes that "exhibiting animals" in too small cages is outdated. In this time animals should live in their original habitat. The PvdD also statest aht the old argument of breeding programs at zoos is no longer relevant. According to the paryt, zoos only breed animals because baby animals attract extra visitors.

Nov 1 '16 09:57

Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health, head of intelligence service AIVD Rob Bertholee and chat-app WhatsApp are the three nominees for this year's Big Brother Awards. The Big Brother Award is annually awarded to the biggest privacy violator of the year by Bits of Freedom, NU.nl reports.

european union
Nov 1 '16 08:58

GeenPeil, the intiators behind the referendum on the association agreement between the European Union and Ukraine in April, launched an campaign against a number of political parties, including the D66, VVD and PvdA. According to GeenPeil, these parties are ignoring the results of the referendum, NU.nl reports.

Nov 1 '16 08:35

PVV leader Geert Wilders is pressing charges of sedition and threats against former board member fo the PvdA in Valkenburg Jack Kicken, L1 reports.

On Monday, during the first day of the hate speech trial against Wilders, Kicken tweeted: "Just hang Wilders, then we're easily rid of that guy." He apologized for the tweet a few hours later, saying that it was only "symbolic".

Wilders still decided to press charges, according to L1

Nov 1 '16 07:30

The Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) and Statistics Netherlands are dropping the Dutch terms "autochtoon" and "allochtoon", the Volkskrant reports. According to the two institutions, the words aren't accurate enough anymore and are stigatizing.

Oct 31 '16 16:20

A total of 6,474 against PVV leader Geert Wilders after he made statements about "fewer Moroccans" while campaigning in The Hague in 2014, was revealed in the high security court at Schiphol on Monday. This is the fi against the PVV leader.

Oct 31 '16 15:45

The government needs more time to find a solution on what to do about the problems resulting after the Netherlands voted against ratifying an association agreement between the European Union and Ukraine, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs wrote to parliament on Monday, NU.nl reports.

This letter comes just a day before the deadline parliament set the government for making a decision. The Ministers call it "in the national interest" that more time is taken to find a suitable solution.

Oct 31 '16 11:00

Education Minister Jet Bussemaker is investing 87 million euros over the next three years into tackling inequalities in education. The money is intended to make sure that children of poorly educated parents get the same opportunities as children from a higher social environment, NOS reports.

Earlier this year the Education Inspectorate released a report stating that children with the same talents soometimes don't get the same opportunities in school - the family into which you are born still plays a big roll in your education.

Oct 31 '16 10:10

The four Technical Universities in the Netherlands needs more money to cope with the influx of students, student organizations at the four universities and intercity student association ISO wrote in an open letter to the responsible ministers, NOS reports.

The letter is addressed to Ministers Jet Bussemaker of Education and Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs, as well as State Secretary Martijn van Dam of Economic Affairs. The Netherlands' four Technical Universities are located in Eindhoven, Delft, Wageningen and Enschede.

Wilders
Oct 31 '16 07:49

The criminal trial against PVV leader Geert Wilders starts in the high security court at Schiphol today. Wilders is facing over statements he made about Moroccans while campaigning in The Hague in 2014.

european union
Oct 28 '16 16:00

The Dutch government is running out of time for finding a solution on what to do about ratifying the associatioin agreement between the European Union and Ukraine. The deadline is November 1st. And it doesn't seem likely that a decision will be made on Friday, NU.nl reports.

"Today and in the coming days we are considerably going to talk about it", Minsiter Bert Koenders said, according to NU. "We still have a few days. We'll try to find a solution to the last moment."

Princess Amalia of the Netherlands, 27 July 2015
Oct 28 '16 15:25

Despite criticism from parliament, Prime Minister Mark Rutte does not want to lower the income Princess Amalia will receive annually once she turns 18, RTL Nieuws reports.

Princess Amalia turns 18 in 2021. From then she will be groomed to take over from her father, King Willem-Alexander. When she goes to university, she will receive a car with a driver, a secretary and other support staff, according to RTL She will receive an annual allowance of 250 thousand euros, plus 1.2 million euros personnel and costs. 

U.S. nuclear test 1954
Oct 28 '16 09:51

The Netherlands was on of 16 countries that abstained on voting on United Nations negotiations on an international nuclear weapons ban. The negotiations will start next year - 123 countries voted for talks on nuclear disarmament and 38 countries voted against, NOS reports.

Oct 28 '16 09:12

PVV leader Geert Wilders will not be attending the hate speech trial against him for statements he made about "fewer Moroccans" in the Netherlands in 2014. In an open letter in Dutch newspaper AD, he called the trial a "process against freedom of speech". "I refuse to cooperate with that." he wrote.

Oct 27 '16 15:25

A number of parties in the Tweede Kamer - the lower house of Dutch parliament - criticized Prime Minister Mark Rutte for the "vague" manner in which he handles files on the Royal family. According to the parties, Rutte was not transparent in his information and a series of incidents invovling the royals is bad for support of the monarchy, NU.nl reports.

Princess Juliana and Prince Bernhard in 1980
Oct 26 '16 15:45

Prince Bernhard is accused of sexually assaulting an underage girl in the new biography of his wife Juliana. According to the book by Jolande Withuis, which was published on Tuesday, Bernhard groped and kissed a 16-year-old girl, NU.nl reports.

Oct 26 '16 13:20

The VVD is very much against setting a minimum age to qualify for euthanasia after a full or completed life. In a parliamentary debate on the government's plan, VVD parliamentarian Arno Rutte called it inappropriate because it would make people who reach that age feel uncomfortable with the idea that their lives are now "complete", the Telegraaf reports.

DENK Sylvana Simons Kuzu
Oct 26 '16 11:00

DENK politician Sylvana Simons thinks that football analyst Johan Derksen should attend a discrimination course so he can realize the effect his comments have. In an open letter she addresses comments Derksen made on Voetbal Inside on Monday

Oct 26 '16 08:58

The lower house of Dutch parliament will discuss the preliminary results into the downing of flight MH17 with Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Wednesday afternoon.

Wilders
Oct 26 '16 08:35

The Public Prosecutor rejected compensation claims submitted by 40 Morrocan people against PVV leader Geert Wilders. They demanded 500 euros each against Wilders because they feel victimized by statements Wilders made about having and the Netherlands during an election campaign in 2014.

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