Politics

Halbe Zijlstra (Source: Wikimedia/Marjon Zijlstra Fotografie)
Aug 18 '17 13:10

The on Thursday and Friday emphasize the need to hurry with the government formation, VVD leader Halbe Zijlstra said at the start of the formation talks on Friday morning. "A country without a government is really something you should not have for too long, certainly not in this time", he said to newspaper AD.

Zijlstra called the attacks terrible.

Geert Wilders surrounded by bodyguards, Spijkenesse Feb 2017
Aug 18 '17 10:20

The PVV wants the Tweede Kamer to cut its summer recess short and return for a parliamentary debate on the t, PVV leader Geert Wilders said in a message to the other party leaders, which he also posted on Twitter. 

Anti fascist group AFA marches through Amsterdam to show solidarity with Charlottesville, 17 Aug 2017
Aug 18 '17 09:14

Anti-fascist organization AFA demonstrated in Amsterdam on Thursday evening. A large number of people marched through the Dutch capital tho show support for their allies in Charlottesville, United States where a mass gathering of right-wing extremist groups ended in the death of a young woman on Saturday, ANP reports.

According to the police, the demonstration went well - there was good contact with the demonstrators and no arrests were made. 

Carton of eggs
Aug 17 '17 15:10

The Tweede Kamer is cutting its summer holiday short in order to debate the of eggs from Dutch poultry farms with Public Health Minister Edith Schippers and State Secretary Martijn van Dam of Economic Affairs, NU.nl reports.

Schiphol
Aug 17 '17 14:30

Dutch parliamentarians were shocked by reports that the number of than at other airports of similar size. They demand an explanation from responsible State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and Environment, AD reports.

Rainbow flag
Aug 17 '17 09:37

The VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie - the four parties currently - want to take several measures to strengthen the position of LGBTI people in the Netherlands, AD reports based on a draft government agreement the newspaper managed to get hold of. 

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Aug 17 '17 08:49

A about the use of toxic fipronil on Dutch poultry farms in November last year, specifically mentioned Barneveld pest control company ChickFriend, Public Health Minister Edith Schippers confirmed in a letter to parliament, ANP reports.

Big data
Aug 16 '17 16:20

A group of Amsterdam students collected 10 thousand signatures for a referendum on a . That is the first milestone on organizing an advisory referendum on the new Intelligence and Security Services Act, RTL Z reports. 

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Aug 16 '17 08:26

The four parties currently negotiating forming a new Dutch government together want to obligate schools to teach their students the text, meaning and melody of the Wilhelmus, the Dutch national anthem, AD reports based on a draft text of the government agreement the newspaper managed to get hold of. 

Utrecht_University_library
Aug 15 '17 14:50

Utrecht University is the best university in the Netherlands for the 15th year in a row, according to the annual published by the Shanghai University on Tuesday. This year Utrecht University got 47th place, compared to 65th place last year, NU.nl reports

Protest against the deportation of Armenian kids Howick and Lili, 12 Aug 2017
Aug 15 '17 09:14

An Armenian mother was deported from the Netherlands on Monday without her children Howick (12) and Lily (11). The family lived in the Netherlands for nine years. According to children's rights organization Defense for Children, this is the first time ever that a mother was deported without her kids. "Horrible", the organization said, according to RTL Nieuws.

Elderly Hospital
Aug 15 '17 08:02

The four parties together reached a compromise on medical ethics issues, AD reports based on a draft text for the government agreement. It says that the government will not make any proposals to expand the euthanasia law to allow assisted suicide for elderly people at the end of a full life, but will make more stem cell research possible, according to the newspaper. 

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Aug 15 '17 07:46

State Secretary Martijn van Dam of Economic Affairs is stepping down on September 1st to go to his new job at NPO, whether or not there's a new cabinet. His decision to go through with his planned departure despite the raging f for which he partially carries responsibility, is leading to criticism from other politicians. Though the poultry sector itself is not sad to see him go, AD reports. 

Halbe Zijlstra (Source: Wikimedia/Marjon Zijlstra Fotografie)
Aug 11 '17 13:30

Negotiators for the VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie seem increasingly optimistic that the four parties will be able to t together, from the statements they gave before the start of the talks on Friday, NU.nl reports.

Carton of eggs
Aug 11 '17 10:50

The European Commission wants to organize a summit type meeting for EU food safety minsters about the crisis surrounding eggs being contaminated with , EU Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis said in a statement. He wants this meeting to put an end to the infighting and accusations, RTL Nieuws reports. 

teacher
Aug 11 '17 09:24

The VVD and PvdA's squabble over increasing teachers' salaries in the budget for next year, has the teachers themselves furious. According to primary school teacher action group PO in Actie, the parties are playing "political games" with their livelihoods and more protest actions will follow this fall, Thijs Roovers of the group said to RTL Nieuws.

Aug 10 '17 11:50

The VVD and PvdA are butting heads over teacher salaries. The PvdA stated that they will not sign next year's budget if it doesn't contain higher wages for teachers. The VVD is digging in their heels, according to the Telegraaf.

With government formation talks between the VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie still ongoing, , it is up to the departing VVD-PvdA government to come up with the 2018 budget. 

Mark Rutte, January 2016
Aug 10 '17 09:12

The Public Prosecutor demanded 40 hours of community service against a 47-year-old woman who threatened Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Facebook. The Prosecutor also asked the court in The Hague to impose mandatory treatment for the woman's psychological problems, the Telegraaf reports.

In November last year the woman commented on a Facebook post by Rutte about politician Sylvana Simmons. "If we can't hang Sylvana, then we'll hang this bastard. The main cause", she wrote. The woman later stated that she was acting on impulse and that she regrets the comment.

Alexander Pechtold
Aug 10 '17 08:55

The end of the Dutch between the VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie is not yet in sight, the party leaders confirmed on Wednesday following the .

Carton of eggs
Aug 10 '17 08:17

Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA denies that it first learned that eggs were maybe contaminated by toxic fipronil in November last year. The authority did receive a report about fipronil in that month, but that report only stated that it had been used to clean stables - there was no reason to believe that it could end up in eggs and pose a potential health risk, inspector general Rob van Lint said on Wednesday, RTL Nieuws reports.

Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and Commander Tom Middendorp visit Dutch soldiers on NATO mission in Lithuania, 10 Apr 2017
Aug 9 '17 16:50

Prime Minister Mark Rutte will be visiting the 270 Dutch soldiers stationed in Rukla, Lithuania on Thursday and Friday. Commander of the Armed Forces Tom Middendorp will accompany him on this visit, NOS reports.

The Dutch troops are part of the NATO force aimed at preventing Russia from taking root in the Baltic states. The soldiers also serve the purpose of reassuring the Eastern European allies.

Rutte's program includes a number of events, including a demonstration by NATO troops and a meeting with Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite. 

Aug 9 '17 14:10

Toxic insecticide fipronil was discovered in Dutch eggs in November 2016 already, Belgian Agriculture Minister Denis Ducarme said in an emergency meeting about the in Brussels on Wednesday. He also accused the Netherlands of taking too long to share this information, NU.nl reports.

Mark Rutte in his office (Source: Wikimedia/ATX-NL)
Aug 9 '17 09:08

After a break of almost three weeks, the VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie are meeting today to continue negotiating forming a government together. It's now been 144 days since the began. On average, formation talks last 90 days, RTL Nieuws reports.

Former National Police Chief Gerard Bouman's funeral, 8 Aug 2017
Aug 8 '17 16:20

Former National Police Chief Gerard Bouman was buried in Rotterdam on Tuesday. Hundreds of police officers formed an honor guard along the route Bouman's coffin was taken, NOS reports.

Bouman at the age of 64 from the consequences of a

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