Politics

Mar 16 '17 08:49

"The Netherlands, after Brexit, after the American elections, said 'whoa' to the wrong kind of populism", Prime Minster Mark Rutte said on Wednesday night, after his VVD won the Dutch election for the third time in a row, NU.nl reports

As the results now stand, with 94 percent of the votes counted, the VVD is the largest party in the Netherlands with 33 seats, 7 less than after the 2012 elections. 

Geert Wilders surrounded by bodyguards, Spijkenesse Feb 2017
Mar 16 '17 08:13

The parliamentary election in the Netherlands on Wednesday had the interest of journalists and media sources from around the world. The main question on everyone's mind was whether, after the Brexit and after Donald Trump, the populism trend would spread to the European continent. With Mark Rutte and his VVD winning the election, most foreign media sources are focused on Geert Wilders and his PPV's loss.

Mar 16 '17 07:42

Forming a new government with the will be quite a chore, the Dutch newspapers expect on Thursday morning, RTL Nieuws reports.

Posters for the Netherlands' parliamentary elections, March 2017
Mar 15 '17 22:49

"What a night it seems to be," Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte said to begin his election victory speech Wednesday night. "For the third time in a row the VVD is the largest party in the national elections," he added.

"It is also a night wherein the Netherlands, after Brexit, after Trump, has said 'no" to populism," he said. He praised the massive voter turnout of over 81 percent, a stark contrast to the comparatively low turnout in the UK for the Brexit referendum and in the U.S. for the 2016 general election there. 

Amsterdam polling place in 2017 election
Mar 15 '17 22:01

Roughly 81 percent of eligible voters showed up to cast a ballot in Wednesday's Dutch parliamentary election, according to exit polls conducted by Ipsos for broadcasters NOS and RTL. The voter turnout far outpaced the 2012 and 2010 election figures, when about 75 percent arrived at the polls leading to the two Mark Rutte cabinets.

Ballot box in Netherlands for 2017 parliamentary election
Mar 15 '17 21:11

An exit poll sampling voters in the 2017 Netherlands parliamentary election shows the conservative party of Prime Minister Mark Rutte taking 31 seats in the Lower House, down from its current 41 seats. The coalition partner of Rutte's VVD, the Labour party (PvdA), showed a bigger than expected drop, losing 29 of its 38 seats, the Ipsos exit poll showed.

Voters in The Hague, 15 Mar 2017
Mar 15 '17 17:00

By 3:45 p.m., research firm Ipsos indicated that about 43 percent of the Netherlands had cast their ballots, compared to 37 percent in 2012. Ipsos based their report on sampling data gathered at 43 polling places around the country. Meanwhile, the city of Hoorn, Noord-Holland, reported a 53-percent turnout at 5 p.m., with Utrecht reporting 50 percent just a half-hour earlier.

Dutch voter in Amsterdam at 2017 Netherlands parliamentary election
Mar 15 '17 16:45

The parliamentary election in the Netherlands today may well be decided by the undecided voters of yesterday. While the, done on Tuesday, have the VVD in a solid lead, closely followed by the PVV and CDA, two thirds of Dutch voters hadn't yet decided who they will vote for at that time, according to a survey by I&O Research, the Volkskrant reports. 

Dog Nio ate his boss' voting pass, 15 Mar 2017
Mar 15 '17 16:05

Enschede man Erik van Bommel can't vote today because his dog Nio tore his voting pass into a thousand pieces last night. He reached out to the municipality, only to be told that no new voting ballots will be issued today. So he's out of luck.

Van Bommel is angry at both his dog and the municipality of Enschede. "He never takes anything off the table. And now this. And I was so eager to vote", he said to Tubantia. "But the municipality said that I should've applied for a new voting pass yesterday before noon. Isn't that weird? Shouldn't it be faster?"

Mar 15 '17 14:55

The Amsterdam municipality visited a polling station at a Turkish mosque in the Dutch capital after the mosque was accused of pressuring voters with posters of what is believed to be a religious movement controlled and paid by the Turkish government, RTL Nieuws reports. 

Polling stations must be politically neutral, so that voters' decisions aren't influenced. The municipality is having the text on the poster translated to see whether it breaks the rules. 

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Mar 15 '17 14:20

Passengers on a KLM flight from Curacao to the Netherlands today will not be able to cast their vote in the parliamentary election. Their flight to the Netherlands was canceled, and the next flight only departs tomorrow, NOS reports.

A spokesperson for the Electoral Council told NOS that one of the passengers called them to find out if anything can be done. "It's very unfortunate, but we can't do a thing. At 9:00 p.m. tonight the polling stations close and those inside the polling stations can still cast their vote, but those who are too late can't."

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Mar 15 '17 13:45

The Netherlands will not apologize to Turkey for the actions taken in Rotterdam on Saturday around the arrival of Turkish Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya, a spokesperson for Prime Minister Mark Rutte said to Het Parool on Wednesday. "The actions taken on Saturday were firm and respectful."

Mark Rutte
Mar 15 '17 13:10

Political analysts believe that the dipwill favor VVD leader and current Prime Minister Mark Rutte in the Dutch parliamentary election on Wednesday, The Guardian reports. 

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Mar 15 '17 12:08

Dutch-Turks who oppose Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan are worried about reprisals in the Netherlands. This is because Turkish media sources are portraying them as complicit in the over the weekend, Trouw reports. 

Turkey flag
Mar 15 '17 11:45

A number of popular Dutch twitter accounts, including that of Amnesty International, Caro Emerald and Donald Duck, were hacked into and hijacked. The hijackers used the accounts to spread Turkish threats and anti-Dutch propaganda, RTL Nieuws reports.

The tweets called the Netherlands and Germany Nazi countries and included a link that takes you to a YouTube video showing a compilation of speeches by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The accompanying text warns not to test Turkey's patience. 

Cyber security
Mar 15 '17 11:10

Online voting aids Kieskompas and Stemwijzer were the targets of several cyberattacks on Tuesday. The two sites, meant to help Dutch voters make an informed choice, were offline for large parts of the day, ANP reports. 

The sites were hit by DDoS attacks, which means that large amounts of information requests are sent at the sites' servers so that they overload and the sites go offline. Kieskompas and ProDemos, the organization behind Stemwijzer, assume that these were coordinated attacks. According to Willem Blanken of Kieskompas, the attacks started at the same time. 

Voting booth at Rotterdam Centraal, 15 Mar 2017
Mar 15 '17 10:34

Many Dutch traveling to and from work will be able to cast their votes in the parliamentary elections en route. A record number of polling stations were set up at train stations, thanks to a joint effort by NS, ProRail and the municipalities. There are also various polling stations at airports, for Dutch traveling abroad, including at Schiphol and Eindhoven Airport.

Geert Wilders casting his vote in The Hague, 15 Mar 2017
Mar 15 '17 10:09

Many of the political party leaders already cast their votes in the parliamentary election in the Netherlands this morning. D66 leader Alexander was the first party leader to do so. He voted in his hometown of Wageningen, NOS reports.

According to Pechtold, today is an exciting day. "There are four parties that can become the biggest and of those the D66 is the most progressive", he said to the broadcaster. He plans to hand out some more flyers during the day.

Long line at the polling station at Den Haag Centraal, 15 Mar 2017
Mar 15 '17 09:48

Not all polling stations opened on time in the Dutch parliamentary election on Wednesday. Polling stations in Almere, Friesland and Tilburg opened later than expected, due to "key problems". 

Parliamentary election in the Netherlands, 15 Mar 2017
Mar 15 '17 09:16

Dutch people are voting in the parliamentary elections today. The last political polls before the election has the VVD in the lead, followed by the PVV. The CDA is very close on the PVV's heels in a solid third place, according to the final Peilingwijzer, which combines the data of the six largest polls in the Netherlands.  

In the last weeks of polling, the VVD and CDA climbed strongly in the polls, while the PVV, PvdA and 50Plus showed drops in support. All the other parties trended relatively flat over the past weeks, with only very minor movements.

Posters for the Netherlands' parliamentary elections, March 2017
Mar 15 '17 08:52

Thirteen party leaders clashed on Tuesday night in the final election debate on NOS, the last chance for the party leaders to sway voters before the election. Topics ranged from income inequality to Dutch identity. And after an entire election campaign of being calm and being nice, PvdA leader Lodewijk Asscher went on the attack, NU.nl reports.

Mar 15 '17 08:05

Groningen residents are not only voting in the parliamentary elections today, they are also given the opportunity to sign a petition against gas drilling in the province. During the night, groups of volunteers hung posters at nearly all 406 polling stations in Groningen, calling on voters to sign a petition by Freek de Jonge, RTV Noord reports. 

Election time in the Netherlands - directions to voting stations
Mar 15 '17 07:44

Today the Dutch are voting for a new parliament at one of 8,891 polling stations. The first polling stations to open were in Castricum and Amsterdam at midnight. Hundreds of votes were already cast, RTL Nieuws reports.

All polling stations are open between 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Don't know where to vote? A map with polling stations per municipality can be found

Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Mar 14 '17 14:35

In a new verbal attack, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan holds the Netherlands responsible for the mass murder of thousands of Muslim men in Srebrenica in 1995. "We know the Dutch from the Srebrenica massacre", he said in a speech that was televised live in Turkey, according to the Volkskrant. "We know how rotten their character is due to their murder of 8 thousand Bosnians there."

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