Politics

Mar 29 '17 15:00

Edith Schippers, who is leading the coalition negotiations for the new Dutch government, hopes that the new government will be in place by summer, she said on Wednesday following the between the VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks. If this succeeds, it means that the new government can prepare the budget for 2018, ANP reports.

Mar 29 '17 12:40

Departing State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and Environment is organizing a conference in the United States to try and influence the U.S. administration's climate policy, NRC reports. This follows U.S. president Donald Trump's decision to put an end to the climate policy of his predecessor Barack Obama, calling it a "waste of money". Dijksma fears that without cooperation from the U.S., it may be impossible to reach the goals set in the Paris Climate Agreement, according to the newspaper.

Mar 29 '17 11:30

Over 70 of the 751 European Parliamentarians sent a letter to Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem demanding that he apologize for his "Schnapps und Frauen" statement and resign. The letter is singed by MEPs from 15 countries, including the German leader of the Christian Democrats, ANP reports.

Jesse Klaver
Mar 29 '17 08:56

The first formal and substantive negotiations for forming a government with the VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks start at 9:30 this morning. The parties will try to find common ground and make agreements on a number of major issues, including employment, income distribution, the tax system, the energy transition and the environment, security and defense, immigration and integration, education and healthcare, NOS reports.

Mar 28 '17 13:15

Khadija Arib (PvdA) will be the president of the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, for the next governing period. Until 10:00 a.m. this morning parliamentarians could present themselves as candidate for the presidency, Arib was the only one to do so. She will be officially appointed on Wednesday, NOS reports.

Mar 28 '17 10:55

The municipality of Almelo is planning to light up the city's new bridge during a number of holidays, including Islamic holidays such as Eid. This plan hit the PVV the wrong way. Geert Wilders' anti-Islam party posed written questions to the Ministries of Home Affairs and Social Affairs asking them to contact Almelo and call on the mayor to combat symbols of Islam rather than promote them, AD reports.

Mar 28 '17 10:15

Primary school teachers are demanding the same salary as their colleagues in secondary education with a grade two teaching qualification, according to a manifesto written by action group . They want the next government to release money specifically for increasing salaries and decreasing workload for primary school teachers, the Volkskrant reports.

Mar 28 '17 09:37

An increasing number of children with complex psychological or physical problems can't find a school that will accept them. The number of exemptions from education increased from 3,107 in the 2010/11 school year to 5,537 in the 2015/16 school year, according to research by the Ministry of Education, AD reports.

The Ministry found that there is a striking increase in exemptions for 16- and 17-year-olds with autism, anxiety disorders, ADHD, depression or trauma.

Geert Wilders shares an article about green activist Anne Fleur Dekker on Facebook, 19 March 2017
Mar 28 '17 08:32

Anne Fleur Dekker (22), an activist and member of the GroenLinks faction in Hilversum, went into hiding because she is being threatened by supporters of PVV leader Geert Wilders and FvD leader Thierry Baudet, she said to Joop.nl. The threats started after she published a column in which she called Baudet a  Wilders in sheep's clothing, and got worse after Wilders shared an article that claims Dekker called for people to throw stones at Wilders, NOS reports.

Ballot box in Netherlands for 2017 parliamentary election
Mar 27 '17 15:55

The vast majority of Dutch municipalities want to go back to using voting machines in the next election, according to a survey by NOS among 235 municipalities. A massive 90 percent of them want the use of voting machines to be reintroduced as soon as possible, if that can be done safely.

Mar 27 '17 08:36

Edith Schippers will present her report on the exploratory talks with the VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks on forming a cabinet to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, on Monday. Temporary Kamer president Khadija Arib will receive the report at 10:00 a.m., AD reports.

Mar 24 '17 16:35

The new Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, was sworn in on Thursday. Of the total 150 parliamentarians, 71 weren't in the previous parliament. All 150 parliamentarians had to take the oath, NOS reports.

Mar 24 '17 15:25

On Thursday Turkish voters living in Amsterdam-Noord received dozens of leaflets about an upcoming referendum in Turkey. Some feel intimidated by the dozens of papers left in their mailbox, they said to AT5.

"I find it quite intimidating because I am not in favor of Erdogan", one woman said to the Amsterdam broadcaster. "I don't like his ideas, I don't want a dictatorship. They should campaign in their own country ad leave us alone." Another person said that it is "extremely risky" to campaign against Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Mar 24 '17 14:15

For now the Netherlands does not have to take in asylum seekers from overcrowded asylum camps in Greece at an accelerated pace, the court in The Hague ruled on Friday in a lawsuit filed by activist group We Gaan Ze Halen (We Will Fetch Them) against the Dutch State, AD reports.

According to the group, the Netherlands is taking in too few asylum seekers from Greece. But the court ruled that the Netherlands has until September to meet its commitments on asylum intake.

Mar 24 '17 13:05

Dutch European Parliamentarian Annie Schreijer-Pierik is handing a petition to stop Daylight Savings Time to European Commissioner Violeta Bulc. On Sunday the Netherlands and other EU countries are setting their clocks one hour ahead.

The petition was organized by Dutch woman Anouk Verhaaff and signed by over 20 thousand people, Trouw reports. Schreijer is pleased with the number of signatures. The petition will be handed over to Bulc because she is busy with a study on the costs and benefits of Daylight Saving Time. The results are expected in October.

Kalashnikov shaped hookah causes panic in Eindhoven, 22 Mar 2017
Mar 24 '17 12:30

On Wednesday the police arrested three 18-year-olds from Veghel for walking around the Piazza shopping center in Eindhoven with what seemed to be a Kalashnikov. The automatic firearm later turned out not to be dangerous - it was a water pipe oor hookah made to look like a Kalashnikov.

The fact that the gun was not real was not immediately apparent as the hookah was dismantled and only the part that looked like a Kalashnikov could be seen. A witness noticed it and called the police.

Mar 23 '17 12:11

The VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks want to explore further whether they will be able to together, the party leaders announced after meeting together with coalition scout Edith Schippers for the first time. The party leaders are willing to continue talking, but also stressed that there are major differences between the parties, NOS reports.

Mark Rutte
Mar 23 '17 10:55

Today the process of continues with a meeting between coalition scout Edith Schippers and the leaders of the. During this meeting Schippers will explore whether a coalition between the four parties is viable.

Mar 23 '17 10:15

Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation wants to make gender based wage gaps a punishable offense. If a company can not show that it pays men and women doing the same job the same salary, that employer should face criminal charges, the PvdA Minister believes, Het Parool reports.

Mar 23 '17 08:37

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan wanted to visit the Netherlands for a stadium-sized campaign event for a referendum that would give him more power, the Telegraaf reports. Turkish organizations tried to rent the Amsterdam ArenA, the Ziggo Dome or the Gelder Dome for the event, but all refused.

According to the newspaper, Erdogan was only willing to visit the Netherlands if he could arrange a meeting attended by tens of thousands of his supporters. He wanted it to be a "historic" meeting.

Mar 22 '17 16:10

The police department of the small American town of Rotterdam were surprised las week when one of their phone numbers suddenly received dozens of calls from furious Turks shouting, swearing or singing nationalist songs at them. It seems the town, with 29 thousand inhabitants and about 5,700 kilometers away from the Dutch Rotterdam, unwittingly became involved in the , the Telegraaf reports.

Mar 22 '17 13:50

Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Eurogroup chairman and departing Finance Minister, is facing fire over statements made about southern European countries in an interview with the Frankfurter Allegemeine on Monday.

In the interview he said that he finds the Stability Pact, which contains the EU budget rules, very important. He praised the "northern countries" for showing "solidarity" with "crisis countries", but that comes with "responsibilities", he said. "I can't spend all my money on alcohol and women and then ask you for help", he said.

Mar 22 '17 13:10

Eurogroup chairman and departing Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem was one target of eight letter bombs intercepted and defused in Athens on Monday, his spokesperson confirmed to ANP on Tuesday. He made no further comment. 

Geert Wilders
Mar 22 '17 12:40

The process of government formation continued on Wednesday with a meeting between coalition scout Edith Schippers and PVV leader Geert Wilders. The meeting lasted a relatively short 20 minutes. Afterwards Wilders would say nothing other than it was "interesting", NOS reports

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