Jesse Klaver
Mar 16 '17 16:00

After a night of celebrations or condolences following the parliamentary election on Wednesday, the Dutch political party leaders are gathering in parliament to discuss the election results and start the massive task of creating a new government. GroenLinks party leader Jesse Klaver thinks it will be "difficult" to for his party to form a coalition party with the VVD, the biggest party after the election, but he is willing to consider it, the Telegraaf reports.

Mar 16 '17 15:18

Current Public Health Minister Edith Schippers (VVD) was appointed to explore the coalition possiblities for the Netherlands' new cabinet, lower house president Khadija Arib announced at a press conference on Thursday afternoon. Schippers will start working as soon as possible and is expected to have a progress report ready by March 21st, so that the new parliament can debate it on Thursday.

Turan Yazir
Mar 16 '17 14:55

Dutch-Turkish CDA councilor in Rotterdam Turan Yazir is taking a leave of absence from his faction due to threats.

Mar 16 '17 14:23

was sentenced on appeal to 8 years in prison and institutionalized psychiatric care for the murders of politician Els Borst and his sister Lois. The sentence given by the court in The Hague on Thursday is

Mar 16 '17 13:35

ING Bank will be nominating former Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende to sit on the bank's supervisory board. The nomination will be made at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on May 8th. Along with Balkenende, the bank will also nominate Margarete Haase and Hans Wijers for positions on the board, ING announced on Thursday.

'Football canteen humor': Enschede footballers change TV channel to porn while ballots are being counted, 15 Mar 2017
Mar 16 '17 13:00

A photo of people counting ballots at football club r.k.s.v. EMOS in Enschede while a porno can be seen on a big screen in the clubhouse, caused quite a stir. "The results here are not known yet", Thijs Fiselier tweeted with the photo. 

As a joke some footballers switched the big screen from NPO1 to a porn channel and snapped a picture. The photo shows two naked women on the massive television screen, while in the foreground two people are counting ballots, none the wiser.

Rob Oudkerk
Mar 16 '17 12:20

Former PvdA parliamentarian Rob Oudkerk thinks the labor party should disband after what he calls a "historic defeat" in this election. The PvdA lost 29 parliamentary seats, compared to what the party had after the 2012 election, NOS reports.

Mar 16 '17 11:45

With the dust around the Dutch parliamentary elections starting to settle, congratulations are starting to trickle in for Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker all expressed their congratulations to Rutte.

Lady Justice
Mar 16 '17 11:06

The court in Amsterdam sentenced to 10 years and 8 months in prison on Thursday. He was found guilty of sexually abusing 34 underage girls, who he convinced to perform sexual acts in front of a webcam. He then extorted them into making more sexually explicit footage for him. His most famous victim, Canadian teen Amanda Todd, did not form part of this case, NOS reports.

Posters for the Netherlands' parliamentary elections, March 2017
Mar 16 '17 10:40

If young Dutch voters between the ages of 18 and 35 years were the only ones to have their say in yesterday's parliamentary election, left-leaning and green parties would have been much better represented in the new Tweede Kamer, according to a survey done by broadcaster NOS.

Lodewijk Asscher of Dutch Labour party PvdA
Mar 16 '17 10:06

The PvdA also lost a lot of support in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague during this election. GroenLinks performed very well in Amsterdam. And in Rotterdam and The Hague new party DENK scored better than the labor party, according to NOS. 

Parliamentary election in the Netherlands, 15 Mar 2017
Mar 16 '17 09:23

Despite being, online voting aids Stemwijzer and Kieskompas helped a record number of visitors make an informed decision during this election period. A total of 8 million people completed online questionnaires on the sites to find out which party best suits their needs and beliefs, the Telegraaf reports.

Mar 16 '17 08:49

"The Netherlands, after Brexit, after the American elections, said 'whoa' to the wrong kind of populism", Prime Minster Mark Rutte said on Wednesday night, after his VVD won the Dutch election for the third time in a row, NU.nl reports

As the results now stand, with 94 percent of the votes counted, the VVD is the largest party in the Netherlands with 33 seats, 7 less than after the 2012 elections. 

Geert Wilders surrounded by bodyguards, Spijkenesse Feb 2017
Mar 16 '17 08:13

The parliamentary election in the Netherlands on Wednesday had the interest of journalists and media sources from around the world. The main question on everyone's mind was whether, after the Brexit and after Donald Trump, the populism trend would spread to the European continent. With Mark Rutte and his VVD winning the election, most foreign media sources are focused on Geert Wilders and his PPV's loss.

Mar 16 '17 07:42

Forming a new government with the will be quite a chore, the Dutch newspapers expect on Thursday morning, RTL Nieuws reports.

Posters for the Netherlands' parliamentary elections, March 2017
Mar 15 '17 22:49

"What a night it seems to be," Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte said to begin his election victory speech Wednesday night. "For the third time in a row the VVD is the largest party in the national elections," he added.

"It is also a night wherein the Netherlands, after Brexit, after Trump, has said 'no" to populism," he said. He praised the massive voter turnout of over 81 percent, a stark contrast to the comparatively low turnout in the UK for the Brexit referendum and in the U.S. for the 2016 general election there. 

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