Politics

Piet Hein Donner
Apr 12 '18 15:10

Increasing political contradictions, like saying that you have to choose between national sovereignty or cooperation in the European Union, are a threat to the European Union and to the Netherlands itself, Vice President of the Council of State, Piet Hein Donner, wrote with the presentation of the Council's annual report, the Volkskrant and NOS report.

Paul Blokhuis
Apr 12 '18 12:30

The government plans to start the first social service trial projects for young people by this summer. The social service period for Dutch young people will officially start halfway through next year, State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health, Welfare and Sports said in a letter to the Tweede Kamer on Thursday, ANP reports.

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Apr 12 '18 09:22

The Dutch government is examining possibilities for adjusting the Netherlands' contribution to the military mission in Afghanistan. Exactly what changes will be made is not yet clear, the Telegraaf reports.

The Netherlands has around 100 soldiers in Afghanistan for advisory work that forms part of the mission Resolute Support. On Wednesday Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld spoke with her American counterpart James Mattis in Washington. Mattis again asked Bijleveld to deploy more soldiers to the Afghanistan mission.

Ank Bjleveld
Apr 12 '18 08:05

Minister Ank Bijleveld of Defense understands why the United States is threatening military action in Syria following what is believed to be a poison gas attack in Douma. "If diplomatic, economical and political measures are insufficient, the Netherlands understands a proportional military action in Syria", she said to Nieuwsuur. 

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Apr 11 '18 15:40

PvdA politicians Lilianne Ploumen and Kati Piri are cutting their working visit to Morocco short because they were denied access to the coastal cities of Al Hoceima and Nador. They wanted their presence there to express solitary with the , but the local authorities banned them from entering, NOS reports.

Kasja Ollongren
Apr 11 '18 09:00

A majority in the Tweede Kamer is satisfied with the changes the government wants to make to the new law for the intelligence and security services. In addition to coalition parties VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie, opposition parties GroenLinks, PvdA and SGP also agree with the changes, was revealed in a parliamentary debate on the law on Tuesday, NOS reports.

Pieter Smit
Apr 11 '18 08:20

Pieter Smit, mayor of the Groningen municipality of Oldambt and member of the D66, died after going into cardiac arrest on Tuesday. He was 54 years old.

"This afternoon we heard the terrible news that our mayor Pieter Smit died of cardiac arrest. We lost our mayor, a beloved man. But his family lost their husband and father", the municipality of Oldambt said on Twitter.

Princess Ariane, November 2016
Apr 10 '18 15:10

Princess Ariane, the youngest of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima's three daughters, celebrates her 11th birthday today.

Ariane was born on April 10th, 2007 and was baptized in the Klooster church in he Hague on October 20th of that year. She attends the Openbare Bloemcampschool. According to government information service Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst, the young princess enjoys horseback riding, hockey, drawing, playing guitar, and jazz ballet.

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Apr 10 '18 10:30

The parties in Amsterdam's city council have high demands for the city's new mayor. They are looking for someone who "deals wit things with humor and perspective", radiates a vision, and is "accessible and approachable for all sections of Amsterdam society", according to a confidential draft profile drawn up by the party leaders, which the Telegraaf managed to get hold of.

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Apr 10 '18 07:42

Dutch municipalities may soon be able to ban fireworks completely, instead of only implementing firework-free zones in the municipality over New Year's. Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security is considering this measure, AD reports based on sources in the coalition.

Big data
Apr 9 '18 13:20

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is advising Dutch traveling to China to only take 'empty' phones and laptops, with no sensitive data, with them. Data on these devices may be 'drained' remotely. This warning now also applies to Russia, Iran, and possibly Turkey, insiders told the Volkskrant. 

Geert Wilders casts his vote in the municipal elections in Duindorp, The Hague, 21 March 2018
Apr 9 '18 12:40

Dutch citizens with dual nationality must lose their voting rights and must not be eligible for political positions in the Netherlands, according to PVV leader Geert Wilders. This is in the interests of "the Netherlands' survival", he said in an interview with the Telegraaf.

"The Netherlands is our country. It must be run by Dutch, who are elected by Dutch. By Dutch wo do not even have the appearance of double loyalty", he said to the newspaper. 

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Apr 9 '18 09:35

Just over half - 52 percent - of Dutch voters are in favor of holding a referendum on the new organ donation law, according to the weekly poll by Maurice de Hond. 

Mark Rutte
Apr 9 '18 08:58

Prime Minister Mark Rutte responded to a letter from 21-year-old Noortje van Lith from Roosendaal. The young woman, who is bound to a wheelchair due to cerebral palsy, expressed concern over him supporting a legislative proposal stating that people with a disability can be paid less than minimum wage.

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Apr 6 '18 14:40

The government's plans on how to change the new law for the Dutch intelligence services after aleaked on Thursday night. The changes are "mostly cosmetic" and don't do justice the results of the advisory referendum, according to privacy organization Bits of Freedom, NOS reports.

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Apr 6 '18 07:27

The Ministry of Public Health Welfare and Sports wants to close all smoking areas in restaurants in bars, restaurants and other catering establishments in the Netherlands within two years. State Secretary Paul Blokhuis will announce this on Friday, sources in The Hague told NOS.

Barbara Visser
Apr 5 '18 15:40

Three soldiers accused of various forms of misconduct at the Airmobile Brigade barracks in Scaarsbergen, filed a complaint against State Secretary Barbara Visser of Defense. They believe the State Secretary already publicly condemned them, despite the investigation still being ongoing, AD reports.

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Apr 5 '18 15:00

The four parties in the Dutch government are willing to consider adapting the new law for the intelligence and security services. Responsible Minister Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs will soon present a number of proposals for amendments, sources told BNR.

Ferdinand Grapperhaus
Apr 5 '18 07:59

The use of a crown witness holds definite risks for the witness and his or her family, but can also make a "decisive contribution" in the fight against organized crime, Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security said in a parliamentary debate. Grapperhaus called it a "devilish dilemma", RTL Nieuws reports.

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Apr 5 '18 07:33

Nearly seven months after wreaked havoc on Sint Maarten, the first financial aid from the Netherlands is heading towards the island. 110 million euros for reconstruction will be released, State Secretary Raymond Knops of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations announced on Wednesday. The money comes from an aid fund of 550 million euros, which will be managed by the World Bank, NOS reports.

Apr 4 '18 13:50

On Wednesday the Hague is the scene of diplomatic talks about a poison gas attack on Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in England last month. Russia requested the talks after the country proposed a joint investigation into the attack and Great Britain called it "perverse", RTL Nieuws reports.

Some 30 failed asylum seekers under We Are Here occupy an empty office building on Reigersbos in Amsterdam Zuidoost, 27 Nov 2016
Apr 4 '18 13:10

We Are Here, a group of failed asylum seekers, squatted 11 homes and a shop on Rudolf Dieselstraat in Amsterdam Oost over Easter weekend. The group renamed the location 'We Are Here Village' and hope to turn it into a space that can also offer shelter to women and children living on the streets, Het Parool reports.

The vacant homes and shop belong to housing corporation Ymere, which intends to demolish the buildings to make way for new apartment buildings. The project was delayed in 2015 and construction is now set to start sometime this year. 

Alexander Pechtold
Apr 4 '18 12:30

D66 leader Alexander Pechtold will not be prosecuted for a remark he made about Russians. His remark does not constitute group insult and is not punishable, the Public Prosecutor announced on Wednesday.

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Apr 4 '18 07:25

Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwaan is the first person to be convicted in Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the United States presidential election. The court in Washington sentenced him to 30 days in prison and fined him 20 thousand dollars for lying to the FBI in this investigation, ANP reports.

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