Politics

Dec 20 '16 13:40

The Vrije Universitieit in Amsterdam will soon be offering free Dutch language and culture courses to imams, Trouw reports. 

Most of these Muslim clerics were trained in turkey, Morocco or Egypt and often only speak the language that they were trained in, according to the newspaper. They often also lack knowledge about life in the Netherlands. The Vrije Universiteit wants to offer them the opportunity to change this.

Dec 19 '16 12:20

Cyclist association Fietsersbond sees very little merit in. Such a ban is unenforceable and instead of creating this senseless law, the government would do better to make a mobility mode mandatory on all smartphones, Saskia Kluit, director of the Fietsersbond, said to newspaper AD.

Mark Rutte
Dec 16 '16 15:45

Prime Minister Mark Rutte and the other European Union leaders agreed on to the association agreement with the Ukraine.

Farid Azarkan
Dec 16 '16 15:35

Farid Azarkan, parliamentarian for pro-diversity party DENK, filed a report of threats made against him with the police, his party announced. According to DENK, the threat was made on a private Facebook group and the word "assassination" was used, RTL Nieuws reports.

Dec 16 '16 13:50

The next Dutch government should include a Minister for Mobility, who must focus on improving the connection in and between cities to prevent a further increase in traffic jams and accidents, according to a manifest set up by a coalition consisting of seven major public transporters and car companies, NOS reports. 

Asylum seekers
Dec 16 '16 11:30

The Dutch government is doing too little to help refugees find work, according to the social economic council SER in a report released on Friday, ANP reports.

The SER is an advisory body of employers, trade unions and independent experts.

Refugees who were granted asylum in the Netherlands since 2013 have to pay for their integration course themselves. According to the SER, this is a big problem. Only 10 percent of people who received refugee status last year found a job relatively quickly, according to figures from the municipalities. The rest have to live on welfare. 

Dec 16 '16 10:07

A proposal by VNL to scrap the ban on group defamation, hate speech and discrimination from the Penal Code was rejected by a majority in Dutch parliament on Thursday. A large majority of the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, found the proposal not well thought out as it opens the door to discrimination directed at vulnerable groups such as Jews, Muslims, women, LGBT and disabled people, NU.nl reports.

Dec 16 '16 09:00

The D66 and PvdA wants to make it possible for everyone to have a dual nationality in a legislative proposal the two parties submitted on Friday, RTL Nieuws reports. 

Currently, if you want to become Dutch you have to give up your other nationality, if that is possible. It also means that Dutch living abroad lose their Dutch nationality if they adopt the nationality of the country they live in.

european union
Dec 15 '16 08:59

The European Summit in Brussels today is expected to be a tense one. One of the main items on the agenda is the fact that the Netherlands still has not ratified the association agreement with the Ukraine, the only EU country not to do so. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will try get his fellow EU leaders to accept a set of amendments to the deal, with which he hopes he can convince Dutch parliament to ratify the agreement.

Dec 15 '16 08:05

Dutch people think that there are far more Muslims living in the Netherlands than is actually the case, according to a study by Ipsos Mori in 40 European countries, RTL Nieuws reports. 

In the Netherlands, residents estimate that 19 percent of the current population is Muslim - nearly 1 in five people. The actual percentage is much lower - currently only 6 percent of the population have Islam as their religion. The Dutch estimate that by 2020, 26 percent of the population will be Muslim. In reality its only 7 percent.

Dec 15 '16 07:46

Non-Western minorities living in the Netherlands are losing faith in the country, according to a report published by social and cultural planning office SCP on Thursday. Since the start of this century they've become more negative about the social climate, feel less at home and feel more discriminated against, ANP reports.

Dec 14 '16 12:50

The court in Amsterdam ruled on Wednesday that the Allard Pierson Museum in the city must return treasures from four Crimea museums to the Ukraine. The lawsuit was, AT5 reports.

The Crimea museums loaned hundreds of artifacts to the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam in 2014 for an exhibition titled Crimea - Gold and secrets of the Black Sea.

Dec 14 '16 09:43

The chairman of Turkish-Dutch mosque umbrella organization Diyanet collected names of people who sympathize with Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen and passed it on to the regime of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the chairman himself admitted in an interview with the Telegraaf. 

Dec 14 '16 08:33

Former PvdA leader Diederik Samsom said goodbye to Dutch parliament on Tuesday. He left the Tweede Kamer to loud applause, with many parliamentarians standing on their feet, NOS reports.

Samsom is leaving after he l Kamer president Khadija Arib read his farewell letter to the parliamentarians.

Mark Rutte
Dec 13 '16 11:40

Prime Minister Mark Rutte plans to ask the EU leaders to put limits on he at a EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, Reuters reports based on information from diplomatic sources.

A Dutch drafted document, which Reuters caught sight off, states that the Netherlands wants to make it clear that this association agreement is not a "stepping stone" for the Ukraine to become a member of the European Union.

Asylum seekers
Dec 13 '16 08:28

State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice wants to keep problem causing asylum seekers under "house arrest" over New Year's, he said on radio program Dit is de Dag on Monday.

"This is specifically involves people we know are irritating in each municipality. These are people with a criminal record or who the police often have to send away or cause inconvenience", Dijkhoff said. According to him, putting them under house arrest is possible, because local authorities have files about troublemakers. 

DENK Sylvana Simons Kuzu
Dec 12 '16 13:45

A 65-year-old man was found guilty of and sentenced to 60 hours of community service by the court in The Hague on Monday. Half of the sentence is conditionally suspended, ANP reports.

Geert Wilders
Dec 12 '16 09:27

Far-right party PVV gained two virtual seats in Maurice de Hond's weekly poll after party leader against him, but not punished by the court.

Dec 12 '16 08:54

Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen of Infrastructure is working on a law that will ban the use of a smartphone while cycling. That means no more texting or calling from your bike, a spokesperson for the Ministry confirmed to newspaper AD on Monday. 

Lodewijk Asscher of Dutch Labour party PvdA
Dec 9 '16 17:23

A change in leadership was confirmed on Friday at the top of the PvdA, the Labour Party of the Netherlands. The new party leader is current Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher, party chairman Hans Spekman announced in Amsterdam.

Asscher defeated Diederik Samsom by a nine percent margin, winning 54.5 percent of the vote. Asscher had decided fairly late in the process to challenge Samsom for the leadership. 

Geert Wilders rally in Purmerend
Dec 9 '16 11:41

Anti-Islam party leader Geert Wilders was found guilty of inciting discrimination and insulting a race of people . In issuing its ruling, judges at the maximum security court near Schiphol Airport said the populist politician's rhetoric did not fall within his rights to free speech.

Russia's Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Viktor Yanukovich
Dec 8 '16 11:58

The Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV) called upon Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte to push through ratification of a European Union agreement with the Ukraine. The deal, rejected by Dutch voters in a non-binding referendum, includes policy on energy, economics, labour rights and free travel across borders.

Dec 7 '16 11:39

The government wants the Netherlands to be nearly CO2 emissions free by 2050, according to Economic Minister Henk Kamp's Energy Agenda. The Agenda contains a number of measures to reduce dependency on fossil fuels and encourage sustainable living. Environmental organizations call the plan unambitious, NU.nl reports.

Dec 7 '16 11:03

The D66 and PvdA want to stimulate electric driving in the Netherlands by making it more attractive. The two parties submitted a plan with 10 practical measures to do so, ranging from charging stations every 25 km to a guarantee on car batteries, NOS reports.

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