Politics

Queen Maxima
May 17 '17 16:10

Queen Maxima is celebrating her 46th birthday today. Unlike the King, Maxima does not get a public holiday for her birthday. But there are no official duties listed on the Royal House agenda for her today, which means she can celebrate her birthday at home with her family, AD reports.

Thursday is back to work. The royal couple is handing out prizes for the Oranje Fund tomorrow for initiatives that connect different groups of people and inspire others. 

De Eetclub
May 17 '17 15:35

The Uganda Media Council banned the screening of Dutch film De Eetclub at the Euro-Uganda Film Festival and anywhere else in the country because it "glorifies homosexuality", and features scenes of smoking, drinking and sexual intercourse. The embassy of the Netherlands in Kampala posted the Uganda Media Council's objections on their Facebook page.

May 17 '17 15:20

The College of Human Rights think poverty reduction should be higher up on the political agenda and the government should develop a national program to tackle poverty, they stated in a report issued on Wednesday. Human rights such as right to education, employment, health and housing are threatened by citizens' lack of monetary means.

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May 16 '17 15:35

VVD leader Mark Rutte is carefully considering the next steps in the Dutch cabinet formation now that negotiations between his party, the CDA, D66 and GroenLinks collapsed. He is clear on one thing however - the VVD still won't rule with anti-Islam nationalist Geert Wilders and his PVV, he said to RTL Nieuws.

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May 16 '17 08:31

The investigation into the MH17 disaster is in a difficult phase and far from over, the Public Prosecutor wrote in a digital magazine meant to keep the victims' relatives informed about what is happening in the MH17 file. The investigators are having trouble getting data from the Ukrainian secret service and cooperation with Russia remains difficult, the Prosecutor wrote on Monday, RTL Nieuws reports.

The investigation is now in its "most difficult phase", the Prosecutor wrote. "Booking progress at this stage is much more difficult."

Jesse Klaver
May 16 '17 07:52

On Thursday evening Edith Schippers announced that The parties could not agree on a migration policy, and there were problems agreeing to issues concerning climate change, sustainability and income equality.

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May 15 '17 18:55

After 61 days of negotiations, talks to form a new Dutch ruling cabinet fell apart on Monday, according to a press release from Edith Schippers. "It has not worked out; the talks have ended," Schippers said at the beginning of a press conference announcing the news.

Nearly nine weeks after the election, the parties differences were simply too great, she added. Attempts at forming a policy to handle migrants to the Netherlands proved to be the last straw. The parties were also far apart on issues related to climate change, energy sustainability and income she said.

Binnenhof
May 15 '17 17:00

From a survey by Whooz regarding Dutch citizens' preferences for the current coalition formation among 9,500 respondents divided in 14 target groups, it appears a coalition between the 'core bloc' of VVD, D66 and CDA together with GroenLinks is most popular. This cabinet is slightly more desirable to Dutch citizens than a combination of the core bloc with the ChristenUnie. Third in line is a leftist coalition with CDA, D66, GroenLinks, SP, PvdA and PvdD.

Mosque in Europe
May 15 '17 13:55

Controversial websites GeenStijl and Powned definitely make use of Islamophobic language and may play a part in the rising anti-Muslim sentiment in the Netherlands, University of Amsterdam researcher Dr. said to NPO Radio 1.

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May 15 '17 09:36

Discount website Groupon recently started offering helicopter flights over Amsterdam by company . This week there is a significant discount on the offer, causing great annoyance in the PvdA faction in Amsterdam, Het Parool reports.

May 15 '17 09:13

Netherlands residents have slightly more confidence in each other and the authorities, such as the police and judiciary, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Monday. Data from 2015-2016 shows that 60 percent of Dutch older than 15 trust their fellow human beings. That is 2 percent more than the 58 percent who trusted the rest of society in the period 2012 to 2014. A clear majority of 70 percent of Dutch have confidence in the police and judiciary. 

Children
May 15 '17 08:47

The Netherlands fell in the KidsRights Index for the second year in a row. Last year the , and this year the country dropped another two spots to 15th place. Less prosperous countries like Thailand and Tunisia are now ahead of the Netherlands in the Children's Rights Rankings, NOS reports.

Amina Wadud
May 12 '17 15:30

For the first time ever in the Netherlands, a woman will lead the Islamic Friday Prayers. This will happen during a meeting in Paradiso in Amsterdam, Het Parool reports.

The woman in question is Amina Wadud, an Islamic theologian from the United States. She is known for her fight for women's rights. Wadud is visiting the Netherlands at the invitation of Hasna El Maroudi. 

Wadud is leading the Friday Prayers from the Paradiso because no mosque in the country would allow a woman to do so, three mosque dome organizations said to newspaper Trouw. 

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May 11 '17 15:05

The PvdA in the Provincial States of Zuid-Holland thinks that the province should do more to facilitate sex in the outdoors. The party is concerned about the declining number of gay cruising spots in the province and thinks that the province should do more to protect them or create new ones, Anne Koning of the PvdA said to Omroep West.

buma
May 11 '17 10:18

The CDA is causing annoyance at the government formation negotiation table because party leader Sybrand Buma is saying 'no' to almost every proposed climate measure, sources around the negotiations told newspaper AD. 

Tourists_in_Amsterdam
May 10 '17 13:25

Amsterdam alderman for public space Abdeluheb Choho (D66) wants to increase tourist tax in the city from 5 percent to 15 percent, he said to the Telegraaf. The money made by the increase can be used to make Amsterdam a more pleasant place for residents.

According to Choho, raising the tourist tax several advantages. "It does not hit the ordinary Amsterdammer and the money you collect with this can immediately be reinvested into the city", he said to the newspaper.

Geert Wilders
May 10 '17 12:50

Opposition parties PVV and SP want clarity from Edith Schippers on the status of the government formation. Schippers is leading negotiations between the VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks on the four parties forming a government together.

Mario Draghi
May 10 '17 10:22

On Wednesday afternoon European Central Bank president Mario Draghi is visiting the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament. He can expect to be met with hostility and demands for the ECB to stop pushing billions of euros into the European economy in an effort to boost growth, NU.nl reports after speaking with numerous parliamentarians. 

Police
May 9 '17 16:40

The Amsterdam police need 545 extra police officers in order to effectively deal with the increasingly busy city, assassination investigations and terrorism threats, according to Amsterdam police chief Pieter-Jaap Aabersberg. Mayor Eberhard van der Laan sent a letter in which Aalbersberg details the need of the Dutch capital's police force, to the government in The Hague, Het Parool reports.

Corinne Ellemeet
May 9 '17 13:45

GroenLinks wants all government agencies, such as the Tax Authorities, to stop advertising on website GeenStijl now that the blog is . GroenLinks parliamentarian Corinne Ellemeet calls for "rapid change" and wants to know how Finance State Secretary Eric Wiebes will "ensure that the Tax Authorities no longer financially supports sexism in the media", AD reports.

Mark Rutte
May 9 '17 09:06

"Day by day we struggle on", current Prime Minister and VVD leader Mark Rutte said about the negotiations between the VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks on forming a new government together. He added that no one is trying to drag the negotiations out. After seven weeks of talks, the atmosphere is still pleasant, but forming a government is also "hard work", he said after the latest negotiation session on Monday, the Telegraaf reports.

SGP invite to a discussion event about Islam
May 8 '17 14:15

Outraged reactions flooded social media after Christian party SGP revealed a poster invitation to a discussion event in Olderbroek, Gelderland. The poster shows a picture of a bomb and the words "Is Islam a threat to the Netherlands?" The poster was designed by the national office of the SGP youth division, according to Omroep Gelderland. 

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May 8 '17 11:00

The Dutch language is still very popular among its speakers and is not being displaced in any significant way by English, according to a study by the Meertens Institute, Taalunie and Ghent University, Trouw reports.

Emmanuel Macron, elected French president on 7 May 2017
May 8 '17 08:36

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Foreign Affairs Minister Bert Koenders expressed their congratulations to new French president Emmanuel Macron and congratulated the French population for choosing pro-Europe and anti-xenophobia. PVV leader Geert Wilders congratulated runner up nationalist candidate Marine Le Pen on getting the votes of "millions of patriots".

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