Demonstrations are being organized in several Dutch cities on Thursday from 6:00 p.m. in support of the victims and survivors of the attack on in Paris on Wednesday. Twelve people were killed in a raid at the office of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical weekly newspaper, and many others were injured.
Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb appeared on television programme Nieuwsuur Wednesday night, and lashed out at Muslims living in this society despite their hatred of it. “It is incomprehensible that you can turn against freedom,” he said. “But if you do not like freedom, in Heaven’s name pack your bag and leave.”
Following an attack on the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte quickly notified the public that his country will support France as it deals with the fallout from the attack. Two armed, masked gunmen with rapid-fire weaponry and a rocket launcher initiated an assault on the office Wednesday leaving 12 dead, including two police officers, and at least nine injured.
The relationship between the Netherlands and Turkey was yet again put to the test when Dutch journalist Frederike Geerdink was brought into questioning by the Turkish terrorism police on January 6. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bert Koenders, was attending the annual ambassadors' conference in Turkey and was quick to react to the case.
A Dutch committee will investigate the performance of the Netherlands intelligence offices prior to the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. The Commission of Oversight for the Intelligence and Security Services announced their intention to evaluate both the AIVD and MIVD on Tuesday.
Dutch journalist Frederike Geerdink was brought in for questioning by Turkey's terrorism police Tuesday to determine if she is spreading "propaganda for terrorist organization," she said on Twitter. Her house was searched by an eight person terrorism squad.
Seven-year-old Kas Essers from the city of Uden, North-Brabant province, wrote a letter calling on the mayor there to ban fireworks from the municipality. The letter with childlike squiggles and cute misspellings takes on the serious issue of a firework ban after the boy's school burned down over the New Year's holiday.
New legislation that would put a restrictive cap on the amount of cash bankers may collect in bonuses missed its proposed January 1 start date when last minute questions were asked by senators of coalition leader VVD. The law was previously lauded by coalition partner PvdA, the Dutch labour party, which has been at odds with the VVD after a health care bill failed to pass a Senate vote.
The Cooperative Union of Dutch Moroccans SMN is launching a hotline and website for radicalization today, as a low-threshold arrangement for Moroccan Dutch parents who suspect that their children may be considering jihad and who don’t know what to do about it.
Ankie Broekers-Knol, the chairman of the First Chamber, denounced the intention of the Cabinet to guide the Healtcare Act of Minister Edith Schippers (Public Health) through the Senate via a side road. She finds it contrary to the Constitution and that it undermines the parliamentary system. The chairman expressed her criticism in the radio program De Ochtend.
Netherlands residents have lodged over 30,000 complaints about fireworks in just six days on the website Vuurwerkoverlast.nl. The site is operating for its third year and went back online for the holiday season less than a week ago.
Sudan has ordered Yvonne Helle, a Dutch national and the country director for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Ali Al-Za'tari from Jordan, UN resident coordinator at the UNDP, to leave the country, the US edition of Reuters reports.
In addition to the housing associations and healthcare facilities, the postponement of the new law on top incomes will also apply to universities. This is according to a letter that PvdA Minister Jet Bussemaker of Education sent to the Second Chamber yesterday.
VVD minsters Edith Schipers (Public Health, Welfare and Sports) and Stef Blok (Housing) does not want to immediately implement the new law which cuts the top incomes in the (semi) public sectors back to the same amount as a minister salary. According to the ministers, there is not enough time.
The GroenLinks Member of Parliament Linda Voortman from Utrecht has been exonerated. According to the Public Prosecutor, she did not leak information on who was a candidate for the National Ombudsman position to the media.
The three PvdA senators who voted against the healthcare law of Minister Edith Schippers (VVD, Public Health) last week, are demanding that the free choice of doctor remains for everyone. This is written in a letter from Adri Duivesteijn to the Cabinet.
Despite the Christmas recess, the Senate will be meeting tonight to discuss further curbing the top incomes in the (semi) public sector.
Adri Duivesteijn, one of the three PvdA senators who voted against Minister Edith Schippers' (Public Health) healthcare legislative proposal and thus brought the Cabinet to the brink of collapse, is seriously ill. The question is whether his illness had something to do with his vote.
After three days of crisis over Minister Edith Schippers' (Public Health) rejected healthcare law, the VVD and PvdA reached a compromise and the impending fall of the government was averted. The three allied opposition parties, the D66, SGP and ChristenUnie, still have some major concerns.
At 02:42 this morning the Second Chamber established a new record: that of the longest meeting this calender year. And that on the last day before the Christmas recess.
Minister Edith Schippers (Public Health, Welfare and Sports) denies that she threatened to resign if no solution is found for her collapsed healthcare law. She said this on Friday morning in the parliamentary debate on the care crisis.
Despite three Labour Senators saying they are still not prepared to vote in favour of a new legislative action that would limit the rights of medical patients, the prospect of a solution is apparently in sight. The crisis began Tuesday night when the three senators voted against health care legislation supported by the coalition government.
PVV leader Geert Wilders finds it "incomprehensible" that the Public Prosecutor has decided to prosecute him, he said to ANP. The Public Prosecutor announced earlier today that Wilders will be prosecuted on the charges of insulting a group of people based on race and incitement to discrimination and hatred.