Politics

A child walks near members of the Muslim community attending midday prayers at Strasbourg Grand Mosque in Strasbourg, France
Sep 4 '18 14:40

There is a growing group of young salafists in the Netherlands who politicians can't get a grip on, according to a study by Mohammad Nazar Soroush at Tilburg University, for which he is receiving his doctorate, NOS reports.

Nazar Soroush studied salafist Muslims in the Netherlands for 15 years. He visited 64 religious meetings over the past three years, and listened and watched young salafists at mosques, foundations and leisure activities. Salafists are Muslims who try to live as strictly as possible to the authentic, pure form of Islam. 

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein
Sep 4 '18 09:39

The usual procedure was deviated from in awarding the Human Rights Defender Tulip to the Jordanian prince Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, Minister Stef Blokf of Foreign Affairs acknowledged to the Telegraaf.

Wopke Hoekstra
Aug 31 '18 13:50

The government parties VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie reached an agreement on the budget for 2019 and agreements were made about how dividend tax will be abolished, the parties said after a final meeting on Thursday evening. The parties would give no details about their agreements. That will be presented on Budget Day, the third Thursday in September, NOS reports.

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Aug 31 '18 12:20

The European Commission wants to get rid of daylight saving time in Europe as soon as possible. If Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has his way, Europe will keep their clocks on summer time, as they are now. CDA parliamentarian Annie Schreier-Pierik, whose been fighting for scrapping the biannual time change for years, is happy that something is finally being done, RTL Nieuws reports.

Geert Wilders
Aug 31 '18 07:46

PVV leader Geert Wilders decided to cancel a featuring Islamic religious figure prophet Mohammed, due to threats made against him, he said on Twitter.

Han ten Broeke
Aug 30 '18 13:30

VVD parliamentarian Han ten Broeke resigned with immediate effect on Thursday. In a statement he said he had a brief sexual relationship with a young employee of the party in 2013, and that she later accused him of crossing a line. "If I look back on that now, I should never allowed myself that. It was not okay, should not have happened and will never happen again", Ten Broeke said, NOS reports. 

Geert Wilders surrounded by bodyguards, Spijkenesse Feb 2017
Aug 30 '18 09:16

On Wednesday an Islamic party in Pakistan, TLP, called on the government to expel the Dutch ambassador to the country, in reaction to PVV leader Geert , NU.nl reports.

Ferdinand Grapperhaus
Aug 29 '18 15:10

"We have a free democracy, this video is revolting", Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security said to NOS about a man threatening to kill PVV leader Geert Wilders in a video on Facebook. The

Twitter
Aug 29 '18 09:24

Russian trolls are trying to influence Dutch discussions on social media with fake accounts, De Groene Amsterdammer reports based on its own research. These trolls show support for anti-Islam party PVV and spread pro-Russian information when it comes to the MH17 disaster, according to the weekly newspaper.

Gavel
Aug 29 '18 08:48

An 18-year-old suspect will appear in the court in Den Bosch on Friday for threatening Frank van der Meijden, mayor of the Noord-Brabant municipality of Laarbeek, with death late last year, NU.nl reports.

The mayor's home in Beek en Donk is under extra security. Whether this was implemented after the threat, is not yet clear. The threat was made on December 21st last year. 

In an interview with Eindhovens Dagblad, the mayor previously said that he regularly faces threats and intimidation. He is known for his strict policy in dealing with illegal practices.

Plenary meeting hall of the Tweede Kamer, Dutch Parliament's lower house (Photo: Wikipedia/Sisyfus)
Aug 28 '18 18:04

A 26-year-old man was arrested in connection with threats made against anti-Islam nationalist political party PVV or the Dutch parliamentary building complex, police announced. The arrest was made at the central train station in Den Haag on Tuesday, a day after the alleged threats were reported to police.

Geert Wilders Purmerend borders closed
Aug 28 '18 11:30

The number of Dutch politicians who reported being threatened increased significantly last year. The special police team that deals with threats against politicians received 331 reports last year, compared to 239 in 2016, the Public Prosecutor announced.

Sander Dekker
Aug 27 '18 16:30

A video Minister Sander Dekker for Legal Protection posted on Twitter after a working visit to insurer Achmea caused some angry reactions, especially from lawyers. They called it an "promotional video", "shameless", and "unworthy of a Minister", RTL Nieuws reports.

Eric Wiebes
Aug 27 '18 10:50

The members of the Rutte III government were all "overwhelmed" by the decision of Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate to stop gas extraction in Groningen, he said on television program Zomergasten. In March the government decided to by 2030 at the latest, ANP reports.

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Aug 24 '18 08:49

The Dutch government will re-examine whether it is possible to allow daycare centers to refuse children who haven't been vaccinated. A parliamentary majority, led by the three largest government parties, supports this, RTL Nieuws reports.

"Childcare must be a safe place. I understand the concerns about decreasing vaccination, that also affects childcare", State Secretary Tamara van Ark of Social Affairs said on Twitter. "That is why I want to investigate possibilities for organizations to refuse childcare for non-vaccinated children."

Geert Wilders surrounded by bodyguards, Spijkenesse Feb 2017
Aug 22 '18 11:40

Pakistan summoned the Netherlands' envoy to the country to express their dissatisfaction about a Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest organized by anti-Islam PVV leader Geert Wilders. "Deep concern was conveyed about this willful and malicious attempt to put Islam in a bad light", the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad said, RTL Nieuws reports.

Moroccan military jeeps in Somalia
Aug 22 '18 09:23

The news that Morocco is reintroducing military conscription from October 1st has many Dutch-Moroccans worried that they will have to join the North African country's army for a year. But the conscription will probably not affect Moroccans who do not live in the country, according to the foundation for Dutch-Moroccans SMN, AD reports.

Coast guard ship the Barend Biesheuvel in the port of Scheveningen
Aug 21 '18 12:30

Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat spent a million euros on two speedboats that can not be used, Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure and Water Management informed the lower house of Dutch parliament, NOS reports.

Kerwin Duinmeijer
Aug 21 '18 11:40

Rutger Groot Wassink, deputy mayor of Amsterdam, voiced concerns about racism in today's society during the 35th on Dam Square on Monday. Over 200 people attended the commemoration for the 15-year-old boy, Het Parool reports. 

Rihanna
Aug 21 '18 09:07

Singer Rihanna asked Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Sigrid Kaag of Development Cooperation to donate 100 million dollars to education in developing countries. "I know the Netherlands wanted to pledge to support to global education back in February, so I'd love if you joined me now", she wrote on Twitter.

The singer from Barabods wants the Netherlands to give 100 million dollars to the Global Partnership for Education. She is an ambassador for the organization, according to NOS. 

She ends her tweet with 'Dank je!' - Thank you in Dutch. 

Jesse Klaver
Aug 17 '18 10:20

GroenLinks leader Jesse Klaver called on Prime Minister Mark Rutte to distance himself from statements Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs made about multiculturalism. In an open letter to the Prime Minister, Klaver said he can't understand why Rutte hasn't yet done so, NOS reports.

A child walks near members of the Muslim community attending midday prayers at Strasbourg Grand Mosque in Strasbourg, France
Aug 15 '18 16:10

The As-Soennah mosque in The Hague wants the authorities to do an in-depth investigation into the death of PVV city councilor Willie Dille. Such an investigation is in the interest of Dutch society and can help prevent further polarization, mosque chairman Abdelhaid Taheri said to newspaper AD.

"In the interests of solidarity and because of the unrest that has arisen, it is important that there is a large investigation into whether her accusations are true or not", Taheri said.

Tweede Kamer
Aug 15 '18 09:15

Members of the Eerste- and Tweede Kamer, the Dutch Senate and lower house of parliament, commemorated the victims of World War II who fell in the former Dutch East Indies. On Tuesday Kamer presidents Ankie Broekers-Knol and Kahdija Arib laid a wreath at the plaque for the victims in the Tweede Kamer building, ANP reports.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Aug 15 '18 08:09

A 64-year-old man from Sittard will face the court in The Hague on Friday for insulting Turkish president Recept Tayyip Erdogan. In 2016 the man sent multiple offensive emails to the Turkish embassy in The Hague in which he compared Erdogan to Hitler and called him a "goat fucker", among other things, 1Limburg reports.

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