Polling station in Amsterdam, 21 March 2018
Mar 23 '18 16:20

If only young Dutch people had voted in the municipal elections and referendum on the new Intelligence and Security Law on Wednesday, the D66 would be the largest national party of the Netherlands with 9 percent of the votes. And the no-camp would be the convincing winners of the referendum with 63 percent of the votes, according to an analysis by broadcaster NOS based on figures from Ipsos.

Geert Wilders casts his vote in the municipal elections in Duindorp, The Hague, 21 March 2018
Mar 23 '18 15:40

The final municipal election results for Rotterdam are in, and they are mostly the same as the interim results. The only difference is that anti-Islam PVV lost one seat in the city council, and pro-diversity party DENK gained one. That shift is due to the distribution of residual seats, NOS reports.

Ballot for the referendum on the Intelligence and Security Law, 21 March 2018
Mar 23 '18 15:00

A large majority of Amsterdam residents voted against the n in a rwith the municipal elections on Wednesday. 54.7 percent of Amsterdam voters voted in the referendum. 64.2 percent voted against, and 30.9 percent voted for, NOS reports.

Ugbaad Kilincci
Mar 23 '18 14:20

Ugbaad Kilincci, the PvdA candidate city councilor who faced various racist remarks while campaigning on Saturday, will have a seat in the Emmen city council. She received 1,007 preference votes in the municipal elections on Wednesday, RTV Drenthe reports.

Mar 23 '18 13:40

A man who by on Wednesday, apologized. He did it as an "act of love", and not because he was depressed, he said to Omroep Gelderland.

Mar 23 '18 13:00

The Dutch government gave Diederik Samsom the job of making sure that a quarter of Dutch homes are off the natural gas network by 2030, the former PvdA leader said in an interview with newspaper Trouw on Friday. That equates to around 2 million Dutch homes.

Samsom will work as an advisor and commissioner at state energy company EBN, and also as negotiator for the Dutch Climate Agreement. VVD Minister Erik Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate asked Samsom to be the negotiator last month, he said.

Amsterdam city center
Mar 23 '18 12:20

The municipality of Amsterdam is taking extra measures to manage the crowds of tourists expected to visit the city over Easter weekend. Last Easter weekend 20 to 25 percent more tourists visited the Dutch capital than the year before, Het Parool reports.

Extra trams will run during Easter weekend, from March 30th to April 2nd. Lines 1, 2, 5, 5 and 9 will run on an extended timetable. The city will advice visitors with cars to park on a site on the outskirts of the city, and to use public transit from there. 

An Amsterdam ballot for the municipal elections, 21 March 2018
Mar 23 '18 11:40

The final results for Amsterdam's municipal elections are in. , with 10 city council seats. And four parties will enter the Amsterdam city council for the first time - newcomers DENK, Bij1 and FVD, and ChristenUnie, AT5 and Het Parool report.

The seats in Amsterdam's city council are divided as follows:

Mar 23 '18 11:00

NTR, responsible for Sinterklaas' arrival in the Netherlands every year, hasn't received any requests from Dutch municipalities to host the event this year, according to a letter the broadcaster sent the Dutch Association of Mayors, NU.nl reports.

Every year the public broadcaster receives requests from various municipalities who want to organize the event. But by March 7th, when the letter was sent, their hadn't been a single one. 

Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences logo
Mar 23 '18 10:20

The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences ignored complaints about a lecturer intimidating and sexually harassing students for years, the Amsterdam District Court said in a court report published on Wednesday, Het Parool reports.

Anne Faber
Mar 23 '18 09:40

Michael P., the man charged with the murder of 25-year-old from Utrecht, stabbed her to death after raping her on September 29th last year, was revealed in a pro-forma hearing in this case on Friday. P. himself was not present at the hearing, NU.nl reports.

Mar 23 '18 09:05

Parties in at least Maastricht, Venray, Beek, and Zeewolde demanded that the votes in the municipal elections on Wednesday be recounted, NU.nl reports. 

In principle, votes are only recounted if mistakes were made or there is evidence of fraud. In all four these cases, parties want the votes recounted over the division of city council seats - the difference between two parties in each municipality is so minimal that an extra vote or two could mean an extra seat.

In Maastricht, the D66 is two votes short of an extra seat.

Mar 23 '18 08:47

Franeker smells like caramel on Friday morning. According to the fire brigade, this is due to an overnight fire in a candy factory in the Friesland city, ANP reports.

A fire broke out in candy factory Royal Steensma during the early hours of Friday morning. The burning sugar caused a caramel-like smell in the air.

The Royal Steensma building was destroyed by the fire. No one was injured. The fire is under control

Tweede Kamer
Mar 23 '18 08:36

A man who, was trying to commit suicide in an attempt to "shake politicians awake", the 65-year-old cannabis activist from Groenlo said in a suicide note posted on Facebook, the Telegraaf reports.

The man survived his attempted suicide and is currently in hospital. 

Insiya Hemani
Mar 23 '18 08:04

Shehzad Hemani, the father of kidnapped , again managed to block the girl's return from India to the Netherlands. He filed charges against mother Nadia Rashid, resulting in an arrest warrant being issued against her in India - so if she goes to the country to reunite with her daughter, she will be arrested, the Telegraaf reports.

Henk Baum shot dead in his car on Rijksweg in Schaijk, 22 March 2018
Mar 23 '18 07:31

A man with a criminal record was shot and killed in the Noord-Brabant town of Schaijk on Thursday afternoon. Two boys on bicycles found the critically injured man in his car on Rijksweg around 3:00 p.m., he was shot shortly before that, the police said in a statement. Omroep Brabant identifies the victim as 51-year-old Henk Baum from Nistelrode. He died at the scene. 

Data theft
Mar 22 '18 16:30

Human rights organization Amnesty International calls on the Dutch government to do justice to the millions of people who voted against a new law for the Dutch intelligence services in a referendum on Wednesday. The law should be changed on certain points to make certain it protects human rights, the Dutch branch of the organization said in a statement on Thursday.

Polling station in Amsterdam, 21 March 2018
Mar 22 '18 15:50

The municipal elections in the Netherlands on Wednesday had no significant problems, according to observers from the European Council who followed the elections critically. They do however see room for improvement, the Volkskrant reports.

One such improvement is for the Netherlands to draw up rules on the financing for local political parties. Such rules already exists on national level - parliamentary parties are obliged to publish all donations above 4,500 euros. But that does not apply to local parties and creates a concerning lack of transparency, according to the observers.

Emmanuel Macron, elected French president on 7 May 2017
Mar 22 '18 15:10

French President Emmanuel Macron visited the Netherlands on Wednesday, in the run-up to a European sumit in Brussels on Thursday and Friday. He emphasized the strong bond between the Netherlands and France, but criticized the Dutch policies on corporate tax and pulse fishing, NOS reports.

King Willem-Alexander received the French president in an official welcome ceremony at Noordeinde Palace, after which Prime Minister Mark Rutte met with him. The two heads of state then gave a press conference together.

Dutch police Arrest team
Mar 22 '18 14:30

Around 2:00 a.m. on Thursday morning the police arrested a man in Tilburg suspected of being involved in a stabbing that happened in Alphen on Wednesday afternoon. Officers searched for the suspect, known to the police as armed and dangerous, for hours before finally tracking him down, NU.nl reports.

The stabbing happened around 3:00 p.m. in Alphen. A 21-year-old Tilburg resident was injured and was taken to hospital by ambulance.

Police officer and paramedic
Mar 22 '18 13:50

Emergency services acted correctly and performed their duties properly during stabbing incidents in Maastricht last year in which two people were killed, the Inspectorate of Justice and Security concluded after investigating the incident, NOS reports.

Mar 22 '18 13:10

A visitor to the Tweede Kamer jumped off the public gallery during a parliamentary debate on organized crime on Thursday. Eyewitnesses claim it was an attempted suicide, though this has not yet been confirmed, NU.nl reports.

The parliamentary debate was halted and the meeting chamber evacuated. The man was taken to hospital, injured but alive, a spokesperson for the Hague police said to NU.nl.

The spokesperson confirmed that the man jumped off the gallery himself. Attempted suicide is one of the scenarios the police are investigating.

Mar 22 '18 12:30

Dutch bank ING managed to track down the fault that resulted in . The bank reversed the double payments and by now all customers should have their money back, RTL Nieuws reports.

Mar 22 '18 11:50

Rabobank customers are reporting problems with online banking on Thursday morning. They can't check their balance on the bank's website or mobile banking app. Fault report website Allestoringen.nl received thousands of complaints from Rabobank customers on Thursday, NU.nl reports.

The bank is aware of the fault and working to fix it, a spokesperson said to the newspaper. "Payments can still be processed, only the balance is not visible", the spokesperson said.

He could not say how long it will take to fix this problem. 


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