Politics

Polling station in Amsterdam, 21 March 2018
Mar 21 '18 12:50

A number of local and national politicians have been spotted casting their votes in the parliamentary elections on Wednesday.

Minister Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs was the first politician spotted at a polling station. She cast her vote at Amsterdam Central Station at 6:30 a.m.

DURF, a political party in Katwijk
Mar 21 '18 12:10

Someone tried to hack the Facebook page and website of Katwijk political party DURF on Tuesday and Wednesday, the party said on Facebook.

For a short time the DURF Facebook page showed a post calling on voters to vote for 'another party'. Someone also tried to log in to the party website from different accounts. DURF doesn't know who is behind the hack.

"This is undermining local democracy", the party writes on Facebook. "It is unacceptable. This manipulation is a disgrace and a slap in the face for all the people who are going to cast their vote today."

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Mar 21 '18 09:19

A 29-year-old woman from Raalte received dozens of sexual messages and photos from a CDA city councilor in the Overijssel town. The councilor in question, Robert Vloedgraven, decided to withdraw as candidate councilor for the CDA in Raalte, he announced on Wednesday, De Stentor reports.

"Pictures of himself and also of his genitals, messages asking whether I'm shaved below and that I have big breasts. That kind of messages", the woman said to RTV Oost on Tuesday. She did not like the sexting, but found it hard to say no due to an anxiety disorder, she said.

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Mar 21 '18 08:52

In the final debate before the municipal elections, the national party leaders of all parties represented in parliament had a final chance to convince voters to vote for their party on Wednesday. While the debate was for the municipal elections, the party leaders mainly focused on national issues on Tuesday evening, NU.nl reports.

Ballot for the referendum on the Intelligence and Security Law, 21 March 2018
Mar 21 '18 08:19

Today around 13 million Dutch can vote in a referendum on whether or not to implement a new law for intelligence services AIVD and MIVD. Polling stations opened at 7:30 a.m. and most will remain open until 9:00 p.m.

Minister Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs votes in the Amsterdam municipal election at Amsterdam Centraal, 21 March 2018
Mar 21 '18 07:33

It's election day in the Netherlands. Today nearly 12.5 million Dutch can cast their vote in their municipal elections as well as in a referendum on whether or not to implement a . Most polling stations open at 7:30 a.m. and will remain open until 9:00 p.m., according to NOS.

Mar 20 '18 16:30

A 44-year-old man from Sprang-Capelle in Noord-Brabant was fined 250 euros for trying to sell his ballots for the municipal elections and referendum on online market place Martplaats, Omroep Brabant reports.

The man posted the ad online last Tuesday. He wanted to sell his ballots for the municipal election and the referendum on the intelligence agencies' new law, both of which are happening on Wednesday, in an open bid. "I never vote myself, in this way I can make another person happy", he said on the ad, according to the broadcaster. 

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Mar 20 '18 09:19

Stef Blok, the new Minister of Foreign Affairs, wants to make safety "the backbone of Dutch foreign policy". He particularly plans to focus on cybersecurity, he said in a memo on his strategy for the coming years sent to the Tweede Kamer on Tuesday, NOS reports.

Paul Blokhuis
Mar 19 '18 15:10

State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health is back at work after a leave of absence following his . On Twitter he thanked the people of the Netherlands for the support they showed his family during this difficult time.

Tom Bakker
Mar 19 '18 14:30

The SGP faction in Dantumadiel, Friesland removed a campaign video posted on its Facebook page on Saturday after facing fierce criticism. In the video, faction leader Tom Bakker talked about the consequences of divorce and said that "there is almost always something wrong" with children from broken families, AD reports.

Geert Wilders
Mar 19 '18 13:50

Geert Wilders and the PVV sparked outrage and anger from politicians and various organizations with an anti-Islam campaign video broadcast on NPO on Thursday. A number of politicians and organizations announced that they will be pressing charges of incitement to hatred and violence against the PVV leader as well as the broadcaster. 

Kasja Ollongren
Mar 19 '18 13:10

On Monday Minister Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs will present a new plan to fight corruption in local politics. The plan includes a mandatory 'integrity test' for all prospective aldermen. They will also have to hand in a Declaration of Good Behavior before they can take office, AD reports.

Police guard in a detention center
Mar 19 '18 12:30

A candidate city councilor for party Stadsbelang Utrecht is currently in custody on suspicion of involvement in a failed ATM bombing in Druten in Gelderland. The candidate in question is 30-year-old Steven K., party leader Cees Bos confirmed to newspaper AD.

Ugbaad Kilincci
Mar 19 '18 08:32

Ugbaad Kilincci, a PvdA candidate councilor in Emmen, was faced with racism while campaigning in the Drenthe town on Saturday. She was called, among other things, a "ragged-head moron", a "black monkey", and told to "go back to Africa", RTL Nieuws reports.

Loes ten Dolle
Mar 19 '18 07:49

A video that went viral on Dumpert, showing candidate councilor for Kansrijk Winterswijk Paul Hijink kicking a chair after a disappointing election debate, resulted in a flood of sexist message sent to D66 candidate in Winterswijk Loes ten Dolle, who can also be seen in the video.

"They are just dirty and nasty messages", Ten Dolle said, according to the Telegraaf. She hasn't received any threats.

Mark Rutte
Mar 16 '18 16:20

Prime Minister Mark Rutte is not available to succeed Donald Tusk when his term as EU president ends next year, the Prime Minister said on Friday, NOS reports

On Friday morning Rutte's VVD colleague Frits Bolkestein said to the Volkskrant that Rutte would do well to succeed Tusk. According to the former European Commissioner, it is in the interests of the Netherlands for Rutte to accept this "crucial function" in the European Union. He also said that Rutte as "binding figure" has the capacity to fill this difficult role

March for Our Lives
Mar 16 '18 11:00

On Saturday March 24th, high school pupils and their families will protest in Amsterdam and The Hague to show solidarity with the March for Our Lives movement in the United States, the organizers announced in a press statement. The movement is a protest against gun violence in the U.S.

Spark building in Sloterdijk in Amsterdam
Mar 16 '18 09:08

European Parliament approved the, on the condition that the authorities report on the progress of the construction of the new EMA office on Zuidas every quarter, ANP reports.

Alexander Pechtold
Mar 15 '18 14:00

The Public Prosecutor in Arnhem is investigating charges filed against D66 leader Alexander Pechtold after it was revealed that heas a gift and dit not report it to parliament's gift register, Omroep Gelderland reports.

Mar 15 '18 13:20

More Dutch plan to vote for a law that will give the Dutch intelligence services more capabilities to eavesdrop on people than plan to vote against. In every one of four recent polls, there are more "for" voters than "against" voters, NOS reports.

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Mar 15 '18 08:48

Being able to demonstrate for or against something you believe in is a fundamental right in the Netherlands. But that right is under pressure, National Ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen said in a new report, ANP reports.

Jesse Klaver
Mar 15 '18 07:32

A GroenLinks employee was fired for sexually assaulting a trainee. The employee tried to grope and kiss the trainee multiple times, GroenLinks announced after a court ruled that the dismissal was justified, ANP reports.

The party first gave the employee an official warning, ordered him to talk to a health a safety officer, go into therapy and apologize to the victim. Until all those requirements were met, he was not allowed to return to the faction. But shortly thereafter it was decided that this was not enough.

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Mar 14 '18 16:40

Dutch presenter Eva Jinek interviewed American presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on a special episode of Brandpunt+ on Tuesday night. Some 611 thousand viewers tuned in to watch, according to figures from Stichting Kijkonderzoek.

The interview was recorded last week Thursday and broadcast on Tuesday, according to NOS. Jinek and Clinton discussed Clinton's campaign to become president of the United States, her reaction when Donald Trump won instead, and Trump as an opponent for whom rules don't seem to apply. 

AIVD office in Zoetermeer
Mar 14 '18 15:20

The Dutch intelligence services placed 3,553 taps to eavesdrop on people and organizations last year, Ministers Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs and Ank Bijleveld of Defense reported to parliament on Wednesday. This is the first time that the services' tap statistics are made public, NU.nl reports.

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