Politics

Feb 9 '17 16:10

The number of horses, deer and cattle in the Oostvaardersplassen near Lelystad needs to be significantly reduced. About a third of the approximately 4,500 hoofed animals currently roaming the park need to disappear in order to prevent the park being stripped bare. The Flevoland government is looking for ways other than culling to deal with these animals, Trouw reports. 

Mark Rutte voting in the Ukraine referendum, April 2016
Feb 9 '17 15:30

Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk can not guarantee that no fraud was committed in the collection of signatures in support of the , he said in response to questions from law firm Bureau Brandeis on the matter.

Google Doodle of Aletta Jacobs, 9 Feb 2017
Feb 9 '17 10:29

Today Google is honoring the birthday of Groningen born Aletta Jacobs by replacing its usual logo with a Doodle of her. Jacobs is known for her fight for women's suffrage and for being the first Dutch woman to graduate from an university. The Google Doodle is also in honor of the 100th anniversary since women were given the right to vote, NOS reports. 

european union
Feb 9 '17 08:42

If the European Union falls apart, the Netherlands would face severe consequences, according to Rabobank. The Dutch economy will shrink by 10 to 15 percent, unemployment will double and welfare will remain structurally lower than when the Netherlands was part of the internal market. Should the EU stay together, but the Netherlands decides to step out, the consequences would be even more disastrous, the bank predicts, RTL Nieuws reports.

Feb 8 '17 17:35

PvdA leader Lodewijk Asscher wants to invest an additional 100 million euros a year into helping people who have a hard time getting by, he said to the Leeuwarder Courant. He also wants to increase welfare benefits and child support.

The current Deputy Prime Minister praised the so-called Leeuwarden child package, which helps kids from less fortunate families join a sports club, take music lessons or go on a field trip. He wants to introduce a similar system nationwide. 

The AIVD building in Zoetermeer
Feb 8 '17 16:25

The lower house of Dutch parliament is debating a that will give the Dutch intelligence services AIVD and MIVD the power to intercept data streams on large scales. The expectation is that the law will be voted in, as a majority in parliament already revealed support for the law, AD reports.

Feb 8 '17 15:50

Dutch voters have little confidence in the country's current healthcare system, which was implemented 11 years ago. 57 percent of voters want the government to take back control of healthcare instead of insurers, according to a study Ipsos did for Dutch newspaper Trouw.

Some 4,500 people march through the city of Groningen in protest against gas extraction in the province, 7 Feb 2017
Feb 8 '17 09:19

Thousands of people participated in a torchlight march through the city of Groningen on Tuesday as a protest against the Dutch government's policy on gas extraction in the northern province. Organizers estimate that about 4,500 people joined the march. The protesters want gas extraction to be further reduced, preferably to zero, and earthquake damage to be compensated, NU.nl reports. 

Jesse Klaver
Feb 8 '17 08:53

GroenLinks plans to make a radical tax reform the core of a new coalition agreement after the parliamentary elections in March, party leader Jesse Klaver announced on Wednesday evening. He plans to shift a total of 27 billion euros in costs by increasing taxes on things that are bad for the environment and making it cheaper for employers to hire low-wage workers, the Financieele Dagblad reports.

Mark Rutte
Feb 8 '17 07:58

The Photoshopped image PVV leader Geert is "totally tasteless", Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD) said on television program Jinek.

Bill Clinton spotted in Amsterdam, 6 Feb 2017
Feb 7 '17 16:55

Former American president Bill Clinton was spotted eating traditional Dutch dish stamppot at Amsterdam restaurant Tomaz in Begijnensteeg on Monday, AT5 reports.

It took the chef at the restaurant a minute to decide what to make for the 42nd president of the United States, he said to the Amsterdam broadcaster. "I had to see what I could make. Well, we do a lot with forgotten vegetables, we make some samppotjies. Those kinds of things." So Clinton got a real Dutch stamppot - traditionally made with whatever vegetables you have leftover in the fridge. 

Controversial school assignment on the terms "allochtoon" and "authoctoon"
Feb 7 '17 16:20

A school assignment for primary school kids in group six caused quite a commotion on social media. The assignment gives the students short statement on the basis of which the kids have to determine whether someone is an "autochtoon" (native Dutch), "allochtoon" (someone with at least one non-Dutch parent) or could be both. According to critics, the assignment is "stereotype-confirming", RTL Nieuws reports.

Feb 7 '17 12:40

With the parliamentary elections coming up in the Netherlands on March 15th, various voting guides are launching to help voters decide on which party would best represent their interests. The two big guides, Kieskompas and Stemwijzer, both created a variant specifically aimed at young people who aren't very involved in politics or who are voting for the first time. There is also a guide aimed only at young people called Jongerenkieswijzer, NOS reports.

Feb 7 '17 10:50

Schools in the Netherlands need major improvements in their integration education, according to the Education Inspectorate, ANP reports.

According to the Inspectorate, Dutch schools are failing wit attempts to teach students about typical Dutch values, despite the fact that schools are required to pay attention to what it means to be a citizen of the Netherlands. Dutch schools' attempts to do so are too unfocused - activities seem unrelated to each other, there is no systematic approach and schools don't formulate what they want to teach their students. 

Pauline Krikke
Feb 7 '17 09:25

The Hague city council picked Pauline Krikke to be the city's new mayor, the council announced on Monday after hours of private deliberations. Krikke is taking over from Jozias van Aartsen, who is stepping down on March 1st, and will be The Hague's first female mayor.

Krikke was mayor of Arnhem between 2001 and 2013 and an alderman in Amsterdam between 1996 and 2001, Het Parool reports. She was also the director of the Scheepvaartmuseum and most recently a Senator for the VVD in the Eerste Kamer, the Dutch senate. 

Feb 7 '17 08:28

D66 leader Alexander Pechtold thinks that PVV leader Geert Wilders crossed a line by protesting with what Wilders calls "Hamas terrorists". 

Feb 6 '17 16:30

PVV leader Geert Wilders protesting with Hamas supporters on Monday morning, is leading to concern that the Dutch parliamentary elections in March will be dominated by "fake news" as the American elections were last year, NRC reports.

Breda International Airport, formerly Seppe Airport
Feb 6 '17 13:35

Political parties ChristenUnie-SGP and PvdD in Bosschenhoofd wants to know from the province of Noord-Brabant how an Amsterdam man managed to smuggle 12 kilograms of cocaine through Breda International Airport in December without being caught, BN De Stem reports.

Feb 6 '17 11:08

If the PVV wins the parliamentary elections in March and Geert Wilders becomes prime minister, Amsterdam should become a republic, D66 alderman Simone Kukenheim said on Saturday. Wilders responded to this call on Twitter with a Photoshopped image showing D66 leader Alexander Pechtold protesting with what Wilders calls "Hamas-terrorists". 

Feb 6 '17 10:26

On Monday State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and Environment is giving the go ahead for the establishment of the Global Center of Excellence on Climate change. The center will be based in the Netherlands and is being established by the Netherlands, Japan and the United Nations environmental organization UNEP, NU.nl reports.

Geert Wilders rally in Purmerend
Feb 6 '17 09:48

Traditionally the Dutch labor party PvdA could count on most of the votes from minorities living in the Netherlands, but that no longer seems to be the matter of course, according to a unique survey by EtnoBarometer. Many voters with immigrant backgrounds will instead vote for new party DENK in this election. And the PVV is surprisingly popular among Dutch-Surinamese voters, being the second most popular party in this population group, AD reports.

The survey was done by market researcher Aziz El Kaddouri among 1792 ethnic minority voters.

Pegida T shirt
Feb 6 '17 09:08

Pegida leader Edwin Wagensveld was arrested on Sunday afternoon during a demonstration by the anti-Islam movement in Utrecht. According to the police, he was arrested for demonstrating where he was not allowed to, ANP reports.

"He was on the Janskerkhof making a statement towards various media. This was not allowed, so we took him away", a police spokesperson said to the news wire. Wagensveld was taken to a police station for questioning.

Feb 6 '17 08:38

The four large Dutch cities Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague teamed up with eight collaboration groups and are making concrete plans to decrease the truancy rate, the Ministry of Education announced on Sunday, according to ANP.

Last year 4,200 kids in the Netherlands were considered truants - they were at home for more than three months rather than at school. A significant percentage of these kids come from one of the four big cities. 

Smoking a joint
Feb 3 '17 16:05

The municipality of Utrecht is investigating whether it would be possible to ban the use of cannabis in some neighborhoods. This follows the CDA prompting the Utrecht mayor for stricter action because of nuisance caused by cannabis smoking young people in the Tivoli gardens, DUIC reports.

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