Politics

Airbnb
Nov 23 '17 13:00

It is unclear whether the municipality of Amsterdam will be able to implement a ban on renting entire homes to tourists through sites like Airbnb, as the Amsterdam faction of the for the upcoming municipal elections.

Eric Wiebes
Nov 23 '17 10:14

Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate called gas extraction in Groningen a "Dutch government failure of un-Dutch like proportions" during a visit to various Groningen municipalities affected by fracking earthquakes on Wednesday. He wants to quickly make agreements with the local governments about the consequences of earthquakes in the province, ANP reports. 

Sinterklaas
Nov 23 '17 09:02

Dutch newspaper AD and a number of Dutch celebrities are calling for a 'Sinterklaas truce'. The newspaper wants to make a deal - no debating about the form of the Sinterklaas party or the appearance of Zwarte Piet as long as Sinterklaas is in the Netherlands - and a number of well known Dutch expressed similar sentiments .

Kasja Ollongren
Nov 22 '17 15:20

Minister Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations will arrange a meeting with mayors and local governments to discuss citizens' right to demonstrate and the considerations that should be taken into account when a demonstration is canceled, she said in response to parliamentary questions from DENK MP Tunahan Kuzu, AD reports

Geert Wilders surrounded by bodyguards, Spijkenesse Feb 2017
Nov 22 '17 14:41

PVV leader Geert Wilders wants to fight against the "hysterical Russophobia that reigns here", he said in an interview with Elsevier Dagblad. "Russia is not an enemy, and we shouldn't make one out of it", according to Wilders. He sees President Vladimir Putin as an ally in the fight against terrorism and mass immigration from Africa. 

Hotel My Home in Amsterdam Netherlands
Nov 22 '17 10:00

With additional reporting by Zack Newmark.

The Amsterdam faction of labour party PvdA wants to ban holiday apartment rentals in the Dutch capital, including those available through sites like Airbnb. This ban applies to the rental of complete homes, but not the letting of single rooms, meaning the proposal would not affect true Bed & Breakfasts, according to the party's election program released ahead of the 2018 municipal elections, Het Parool reports.

Tweede_kamer
Nov 22 '17 07:42

A - a law that gives tax credit to homeowners whose mortgages are paid off - ended after around eight hours, instead of the 36 hours scheduled for the debate. The Tweede Kamer put an end to the filibuster after numerous failed attempts to get PVV parliamentarian Edgar Mulder to get to the point, AD reports.

Tweede Kamer
Nov 21 '17 15:50

A marathon debate akin to the American style filibuster is starting in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, on Tuesday. Parliamentarians asked for over 36 hours of talk time to debate the abolition of the so-called Hillen law - a law that gives tax credit to mortgages that have been repaid or almost repaid. The idea behind this marathon debate is to stall the abolition of this law, RTL Nieuws reports.

The PVV requested 1,200 minutes of speaking time, 50Plus wants 900 minutes. Other parties requested no more than 30 minutes.

Sinterklaas
Nov 21 '17 08:13

A last-minute demonstration ban implemented for the national Sinterklaas arrival in Dokkum this past Saturday had to do with information that protesters planned to use heavy fireworks, Mayor Marga Waanders of Dongeradeel - which covers Dokkum - said in a statement. The statement did not say whether it was pro-Zwarte Piet or anti-Zwarte Piet protesters who had fireworks, AD reports. 

"Based on this information, the triangle [police, Prosecutor and mayor] was advised to ban the demonstration, because the safety of all people could no longer be guaranteed", Waanders said. 

rutte and wilders
Nov 21 '17 07:52

PVV leader Geert Wilders announced that he is pressing discrimination charges against Prime Minister Mark Rutte. According to Wilders, Rutte and his government are significantly discriminating against "ordinary Dutch", he said to broadcaster NOS.

European Commission
Nov 20 '17 18:58

A nail-biting lottery is how Amsterdam is now officially the next home of the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Roughly 900 jobs will move to Amsterdam, with staffers needing to choose between staying in the UK or making the move to the Netherlands. 

The European Union's EMA will formally leave London, United Kingdom beginning in March 2019 because of the impending Brexit.

Hugo de Jonge
Nov 20 '17 17:30

Tackling child abuse is absolutely a top priority for the Rutte III government, Minister Hug de Jonge of Public Health, Welfare and Sports said in the Dilligentia Theater in The Hague on Monday - the start of the Netherlands' Week Against Child Abuse. 

Kick Out Zwarte Piet blocked from protesting racism in Friesland Netherlands on Sinterklaas
Nov 20 '17 16:00

Over 36 thousand euros was raised in under two days in an action launched to cover any possible fines imposed on people who to stop three buses carrying Kick Out Zwarte Piet protesters from reaching Dokkum on Saturday.

Nov 20 '17 12:30

The police discriminated against an administrative officer by forbidding her to wear a headscarf when interacting with the public, the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights ruled on Monday in a complaint filed by the Rotterdam officer, NOS reports.

The officer in question, Sarah Izat, was allowed to wear a headscarf while performing her administrative duties, but had to remove it when interacting with the public - such as when she took 3D declarations.

Halbe Zijlstra
Nov 20 '17 11:10

Coalition talks in Germany between Angela Merkel's CDU, liberal FDP and The Greens reached a deadlock late on Sunday night, tumbling the country into a political crisis. New elections may be held. But according to Minister Halbe Zijlstra of Foreign Affairs, this would be the "worst case scenario", RTL Nieuws reports.

Belastingdienst
Nov 20 '17 08:05

The Dutch Tax Authority will not share details on the majority of its tax rulings with multinational companies with other European Union countries, despite an obligation to share all agreements with 'cross-border effects' over the past five years with Europe, Trouw reports. 

According to the Tax Authority, it makes an estimated 2 thousand deals per year with large and small companies that also have consequences for foreign countries. That amounts to around 10 thousand tax rulings that the Netherlands is obliged to share with the EU.

Raymond Knops
Nov 20 '17 07:39

People protesting for keeping Zwarte Piet in blackface makeup, also have to comply with the law, State Secretary Raymond Knops of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations said in WNL on Sunday. He was referring to a group of people blocking anti-Zwarte Piet protesters from reaching the Sinterklaas parade in Dokkum on Saturday, where they had permission to protest against racism.

"I understand the emotions on this subject, but I cannot approve of people stopping everything on a highway," Knops said. "Everyone must abide by the law, including these people."

Depiction of the Flying Spaghetti Monster giving the "I'd Really Rather You Didn'ts" tablets to Captain Mosey
Nov 17 '17 16:00

Doctorate student Michael Afanasyev filed a complaint with the College for Human Rights against TU Delft because the university forbade him to defend is dissertation dressed in a 17th century pirate suit. Pirates are an important part of The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which Afanasyev is a priest of, and he therefore feels that TU Delft is discriminating against his religion, the Volkskrant reports.

Sinterklaas
Nov 17 '17 08:29

Mayor Marga Waanders of Dongeradeel, the police and Public Prosecutor decided to put a stop to a call on Facebook for Friesland residents to try and stop anti-Zwarte Piet activists reaching Dokkum, where Sinterklaas will make his national arrival on Saturday. In an open letter, the Mayor called on everyone coming to see Sinterklaas' arrival to respect each other's opinions.

Dutch police logo
Nov 17 '17 07:52

Five years after the regional police forces in the Netherlands reorganized into the National Police, there are still numerous problems, the Kuijken committee concluded after investigating the state of affairs in the police reorganization. It is still a work in progress, the committee said its report, ANP reports.

Hr. Ms. Van Amstel
Nov 16 '17 13:50

The Ministry of Defense acknowledged that the Dutch fleet is struggling under equipment problems, following a report by independent website marineschepen.nl. Four air defense- and command frigates in the Dutch fleet can barely operate due to technical problems, according to the site.

Kasja Ollongren
Nov 15 '17 15:20

The PVV thinks that Minister Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations should go to jail. According to parliamentarian Martin Bosma, the newly appointed D66 Minister broke the law during her time as alderman in Amsterdam by saying that the Dutch capital should become a republic if the PVV comes into power, NU.nl reports.

Robert Mugabe
Nov 15 '17 14:40

The Dutch embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe is closed today after the army took control of the African country during the early hours of Wednesday morning. Dutch people in Zimbabwe are warned to stay indoors and keep an eye on developments through the news and the embassy's Twitter channel.

Sinterklaas
Nov 15 '17 14:00

Dokkum is getting ready for Sinterklaas' national arrival on Saturday, including putting up decorations and preparing for an anti-Zwarte Piet protest. The municipality of Dongeradeel, which includes Dokkum, gave Kick Out Zwarte Piet permission to protest, but is still working out the exact conditions and arrangements, a spokesperson said to Het Parool.

Kick Out Zwarte Piet announced their protest on Facebook. The protest will be preceded by a "March for Civilization", according to the group.

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