Politics

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May 25 '18 11:20

The Netherlands and Australia hold Russia accountable for "its share in the downing of flight MH17". Both countries informed Russia about this step, the Dutch government announced in a statement on Friday. 

Insiya Hemani
May 25 '18 08:24

Prime Minister Mark Rutte discussed the abduction of Amsterdam girl on a "high level" in India on Thursday, a spokesperson for the Prime Minister said. On Thursday Rutte met with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, ANP reorts.

Rutte would make no further comments about the case. "That is not in the interest of finding a solution", his spokesperson said to the news wire.

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May 24 '18 13:00

The new Amsterdam city government of GroenLinks, D66, PvdA and SP presented its coalition agreement on Thursday. "The coalition agreement is ambitious and will change things in the city", GroenLinks leader Rutger Groot Wassink said, according to Het Parool. "I always said: the city must become more sustainable, more honest and more democratic, and this agreement does that."

Below are the main plans in the new coalition agreement, Het Parool reports:

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May 24 '18 10:15

A majority in the Tweede Kamer wants the government to promise that the Binnenhof in The Hague will be gas-free after the large-scale renovations set to start in 2020. State Secretary Raymond Knops of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations will do his best, but won't make any promises, he said in a parliamentary debate about the Binnenhof renovations on Wednesday, NOS reports.

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May 23 '18 08:21

The Netherlands does not recognize the outcome of the elections held in Venezuela over the weekend, in which leftist president Nicolas Maduro was re-elected. "They were not free and independent elections", Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs said to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, RTL Nieuws reports. 

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May 23 '18 07:58

GroenLinks, D66, PvdA and SP successfully reached a coalition agreement for Amsterdam, D66 faction leader Reinier van Dantzig announced on Twitter. Amsterdam's new coalition will present their agreement on Thursday.

The negotiations happened in a "very good atmosphere", Van Dantzig said. 

Insiya Hemani, kidnapped from Amsterdam in September 2016
May 22 '18 08:11

Prime Minister Mark Rutte will discuss the fate of at 'high level' during his visit to India. The Dutch Prime Minister is leaving for a working visit to India on Tuesday, the Telegraaf reports.

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May 21 '18 11:20

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on European Turks, including Dutch-Turks, to become more politically active in their second home. "Take the nationality of the country where you live and take an active part in politics. Become a member of parliament", Erdogan called during an election meeting in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, NU.nl reports.

Erdogan also called on his supporters to not betray Turkey or deny their origin. "Protect your religion and language well. If you lose that, you are lost", he said. 

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May 21 '18 10:00

The vacancy for the new mayor of Amsterdam will be reopened because too few suitable candidates have applied, the Provincial Board of Noord-Holland announced, NU.nl reports.

A total of 29 candidates applied in the first application round. Only four of them have a full-time position in government. The confidential committee handling the appointment finds the number of suitable candidates too limited. 

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May 18 '18 08:58

Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire are dealing with many asylum seekers from Venezuela due to a humanitarian and political crisis in the country. The three islands, which form part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, are getting too little support from the Netherlands in sheltering these asylum seekers, Aruban Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes said to NRC.

She called the Netherlands' attitude "too indifferent and irritating". Aruba is located less than 40 kilometers fro the Venezuelan coast. Around 5 thousand Venezuelans have already fled to the island. 

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May 17 '18 15:50

Sharon Dijksma is one of the new proposed aldermen for the PvdA in Amsterdam, the party announced. Should the coalition negotiations end successfully, she will handle the portfolio for traffic and transport, water and air quality, ANP reports.

Dijksma is currently a parliamentarian for the PvdA. In the previous government, she was first State Secretary of Economic Affairs and then State Secretary of Infrastructure and Environment. 

Queen Maxima, March 2018
May 17 '18 14:30

Queen Maxima is celebrating her 47th birthday on Thursday. , the Dutch Queen has no official appointments today, and will be celebrating her birthday at home with her family, NU.nl reports.

Maxima and then-Prince Willem-Alexander met each other in the Spanish city of Seville in April 1999. They got married on February 2nd, 2002, and have three daughters together - Amalia, Alexia and Ariane.

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May 17 '18 13:50

Lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops asked for the appeal in the hate speech case against Geert Wilders to be postponed on Thursday. The PVV leader needs more time for investigation, his lawyer said on the first of for the appeal, NU.nl reports.

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May 17 '18 09:43

Dutch people's opinions bout lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are increasingly positive, social and cultural planning office SCP said in a new report published on Thursday. Despite this many Dutch still have problems with seeing same-sex couples kissing, Het Parool  and NOS report.

Mark Rutte
May 17 '18 08:01

Prime Minister Mark Rutte called the decision of United States president Donald "clumsy". The European Union leaders discussed this issue at an EU summit in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia on Wednesday, NOS reports.

Amsterdam city center
May 16 '18 16:20

The new Amsterdam college of mayor and aldermen will also be tough on tourism. The coalition negotiations between are still ongoing, but the parties reached an agreement on their tourism plans, they announced on Wednesday morning, Het Parool reports.

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May 16 '18 15:40

A number of parliamentarians want an explanation from Justice Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus about secret relationships within the Public Prosecution Service. On Wednesday NRC reported that two prosecutors lied about being in an relationship for years. And that two were appointed chief prosecutors by a prosecutor they had relationships with.

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May 16 '18 08:43

The Dutch government is looking into whether children of Dutch jihadists can be removed from camps in Syria, Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security said on television program Pauw. "The children have to leave. They should not be in a camp there", he said, according to RTL Nieuws.

The Minister is working with the National Coordinator for Counter-terrorism and Security to investigate how the children can be brought out of the camps in a safe manner. "It is an extremely difficult matter", Grapperhaus said. "I find it terribly wrong that children are in these areas."

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May 16 '18 07:35

At this time Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs sees no reason to summon the Israeli ambassador for an explanation about the dozens of deaths and hundreds of wounded who fell during demonstrations on the Palestinian side of the Gaza Strip on Monday, he said to parliament on Tuesday, NU.nl reports. 

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May 15 '18 12:00

The Netherlands dropped out of the top 10 European countries with the best regulated LGBTI rights. The Netherlands is now in 11th place on the Rainbow Index published on Monday, Het Parool reports.

The Rainbow Index is published by European organization ILGA, which stands up for the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersexual people. ILGA calls this a wake-up call for the Netherlands. "A country like the Netherlands, which was always seen as progressive, is no longer among the front runners", director Evelyne Paradis said, according to the newspaper.

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May 15 '18 11:10

Seven of the eight members of 50Plus' board of directors resigned on Monday night. Only secretary Hylke ten Cate is still in office. According to the party, a conflict arose about the management style and working methods of a number of board members, NOS reports.

The management crisis started when director Marianne Fennema said on Monday night that she did not agree with the board's working method under the leadership of chairman Jan Zoetelief. After her email, the other board members announced their resignation. Zoetelief was then forced to also resign.

Ferdinand Grapperhaus
May 15 '18 10:20

The Dutch government will stop using Russian anti-virus software from Kaspersky Lab out of concern that the Kremlin might use it for espionage, Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security said in a letter to parliament, NU.nl reports.

Anti-virus software has in-depth access to ICT systems to combat viruses, Grapperhaus explained. Because of this extensive access "there is a risk of digital espionage and sabotage at the central government and the Dutch vital infrastructure", he wrote to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament. 

Mark Rutte
May 15 '18 08:40

Prime Minister Mark Rutte visited Sint Eustatius, Saba and Sint Maarten. Reconstruction following the devastation left by Hurricane Irma is still in full swing on the three islands, which form part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, RTL Nieuws reports.

Council of State meeting room on the Binnenhof in The Hague
May 14 '18 14:50

The Council of State called itself a "divided and introverted house" in a critical internal report on its own quality, the Volkskrant reports based on the report which it has in its possession.

A committee consisting of members of the Council of State - an important advisory body for the Dutch government - drafted the report in 2016. According to the report, the Council has problems with, among other things, large differences in involvement and commitment in state councils and the lack of a shared image.

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