Politics

Mark Rutte
Oct 8 '19 16:10

Students who started studying in the Netherlands in the 2015/2016 academic year or later want the Dutch government to pay back their study loans. They therefore created a Facebook event to bombard Prime Minister Mark Rutte with "Tikkies", referring to an ABN Amro app with which you can send a quick payment request to a mobile number. The Facebook event incudes a number for Rutte's party the VVD.

Group photo of the G20 Summit 2019 in Osaka, Japan
Oct 8 '19 15:20

SP parliamentarian Sadet Karabulut wants the Netherlands to boycott the G20 summit in Saudi Arabia next year. The Saudi regime is too controversial, Karabulut said, referring to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, among other things. The D66 thinks the Netherlands should go and address these issues, RTL Nieuws reports.

Sinterklaas Amsterdam 2
Oct 8 '19 12:50

The Dutch government must take the lead in combating racism, according to the UN Special Rapporteur on Racism and Xenophobia, Tendayi Achiume.

Climate protest by Extinction Rebellion on Stadhouderskade in Amsterdam, 7 October 2019
Oct 8 '19 11:10

Blockade protests for more action against climate change on Stadhouderskade and elsewhere in Amsterdam on Monday ended at around 9:00 p.m., the Amsterdam police said on Twitter. A total of around 90 people were arrested, around 30 of whom were still in custody on Monday night. The rest were sent home with a fine of 380 euros for not following police orders. On Tuesday the protesters are planning a demonstration in Vondelpark, they said on Twitter. 

Marjolein Faber
Oct 8 '19 10:20

PVV senator Marjolein Faber responded to her tweet in which she unjustly said that the media was withholding the "North African appearance" of the perpetrator in a Groningen stabbing two weeks ago. She called it "awkward", but still hasn't removed the tweet from Twitter.

"Since I never reveal my source, I should have taken this into account before posting this tweet. With this in mind, I should not have sent the tweet. Was awkward", she said on Twitter on Monday night. 

Binnenhof, Netherlands Parliament
Oct 8 '19 08:41

State Secretary Raymond Knops of Home Affairs is very doubtful that the large-scale renovation of the Binnenhof in The Hague can start as planned next year, he said in a letter to parliament. He is considering postponing the major redo of the political heart of the Netherlands by one year, starting in the summer of 2021, NOS reports.

Fireworks debris
Oct 8 '19 08:09

The police are worried about enforcing local firework bans over New Year's and doubt whether these bans contribute to safety, National Police Chief Erik Akerboom said in a letter to parliament. "Maintaining public order is becoming a lot more complex for my people", he said in the letter, the Telegraf reports.

Maud and Emma holding up a sign at a climate protest by Extinction Rebellion in Amsterdam, 7 Oct 2019
Oct 7 '19 12:10

Around 50 protesters were arrested at a climate blockade on Stadshouderskade near the Rijksmuseum on Monday, the Amsterdam police confirmed to NOS at around 10:15 a.m. The protest for more action to be taken against climate change by action group Extinction Rebellion is still ongoing. The atmosphere is friendly, despite the arrests, three of the protesters said to NL Times. 

Jaap Smit
Oct 7 '19 07:56

The Commissioner of the King in Zuid Holland, Jaap Smit, will announce who will be acting mayor of The Hague within a few days. The city is looking for an interim mayor, because Pauline Krikke announced her resignation as mayor with immediate effect on Sunday.

Extinction Rebellion blocking Stadhouderskade in Amsterdam, 7 Oct 2019
Oct 7 '19 07:24

Hundreds of environmental activists are demonstrating for more measures against climate change in Amsterdam on Monday morning. Action group Extinction Rebellion is blocking access to the Stadhouderskade at the Rijksmuseum, NOS reports.

Pauline Krikke resigns as Den Haag mayor
Oct 6 '19 18:09

A week of scandal in Den Haag has led the city's mayor to tender her resignation on Sunday. Pauline Krikke, of conservative party VVD, was appointed to the job and first took office on March 17, 2017, and previously spent 12 years as the mayor of Arnhem and seven years on Amsterdam's city council

cheese market Alkmaar
Oct 4 '19 14:30

A package of import taxes ordered by the Trump Administration will affect the prices of half of all Dutch cheese exports to the U.S. Once the tariffs are in place, Americans can expect to pay 25 percent more when they purchase the cheeses.

Mark Rutte
Oct 4 '19 08:06

Prime Minister Mark Rutte understands why American president Donald Trump is critical of NATO and EU countries' Defense spending, he said in a speech about cooperation between the United States and the Netherlands. He also called Trump's criticism of the United Nations "at its core, justified", RTL Nieuws reports.

Dutch police officer
Oct 3 '19 16:50

The PvdA will vote against the government's justice budget if Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security does not structurally commit extra money to fighting organized crime, labour parliamentarian and justice spokesperson Attje Kuiken said to NPO Radio 1 program 1 op 1.

The Hague city hall
Oct 3 '19 09:17

The collapse of the Den Haag coalition of Groep de Mos/Hart voor Den Haag (GDM), VVD, D66 and GroenLinks in the midst of a corruption scandal was "the only logical and right decision", according to the opposition parties in the city. During a debate on Wednesday, the city council adopted a motion of no confidence against GDM aldermen Richard de Mos and Rachid Guernaoui, who are suspected of accepting bribes for issuing permits.

Erik Akerboom
Oct 3 '19 07:42

Drug crime has become so big in the Netherlands partly because of inconsistent policy regarding the police, National Police Chief Erik Akerboom said in an interview with the Volkskrant.

"The up and down policy of successive cabinets means we cannot build a good position in the neighborhood. That you cannot build, stable long-term intelligence positions because you are always being asked to do something else", Akerboom said. As a result, the police lost sight of young criminals that start out as drug runners and grow into drug lords. 

Thierry Baudet
Oct 2 '19 17:30

The Public Prosecution Service (OM) decided to drop the case against an Utrecht lecturer accused of threatening FvD leader Thierry Baudet. After the populist party's major election victory in March, the lecturer made a post containing the text 'Volkert, where are you?" on Facebook. The FvD and Baudet pressed threat and incitement charges against him. But the Prosecutor concluded that the text is not enough to constitute a concrete threat.

Den Haag City Council as of Nov. 30, 2018
Oct 2 '19 16:45

A corruption scandal in the city council of Den Haag has led to the collapse of that city's governing body. On Tuesday, prosecutors revealed that the homes and offices of two aldermen from political faction "Groep de Mos/Hart voor Den Haag" (GDM) were raided by officials in a bribes-for-permits investigation.

Sail to the COP
Oct 2 '19 14:15

A group of 36 young people departed from Amsterdam by sailboat on Tuesday afternoon, heading towards the UN Climate Summit in Chile. With their six to eight week-long journey to the South American country, the team wants to draw attention to a climate-neutral future for travel. 

Rolling a joint
Oct 2 '19 14:00

The cannabis involved in the Netherlands' regulated cultivation experiment will be sold in "unattractive" and plain packaging. This is to make sure that people "who weren't planning" to use cannabis aren't tempted into trying it by interesting wrappers, NRC reports based on a proposal that contains the rules for the experiment.

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Oct 2 '19 08:38

The government must allocate extra money to combat the teacher shortage and implement tax reductions for the elderly and people with a low income, according to the PvdA. If that does not happen, the party will vote against the government's tax plan and education budget, PvdA leader Lodewijk Asscher said to NOS. 

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Oct 2 '19 08:11

The Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, wants a further investigation into the role Ukraine played in the MH17 disaster, focused specifically on the country not closing the airspace above eastern Ukraine despite fighting in the area. A motion filed by CDA and SP to that extent received the support of all parties that attended a debate on the matter on Tuesday evening, NOS reports.

Richard de Mos
Oct 2 '19 07:45

The Hague aldermen Richard de Mos and Rachid Guernaoui are stepping down temporarily due to the corruption investigation going on against them. They do so at the request of mayor Pauline Krikke of The Hague. The two aldermen deny any form of corruption. 

Pauline Krikke
Oct 1 '19 16:15

Mayor Pauline Krikke of The Hague is "very shocked" by the corruption investigation launched into two of her aldermen and a city councilor in The Hague, she said in a brief statement.

On Tuesday morning investigators of the Rijksrecherche searched the offices and homes of aldermen Richard de Mos and Rachid Guernaoui, a number of civil servants, and three entrepreneurs. The aldermen are suspected of accepting bribes for granting permits, among other things. A city councilor of Groep De Mos is also suspected of corruption, the Public Prosecutor announced.

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