Politics

Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet (Source: Wikimedia/Jan Arkesteijn)
Sep 12 '14 11:20

All the songs sung during Sinterklaas are going to be re-written to replace certain words that, after the Zwarte Piet discussion in The Netherlands, have been deemed discriminatory or sensitive. The new standard songs will appear in schools this year, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.

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Sep 12 '14 10:36

In order to give share economy companies such as Airbnb and Uber a chance on the Dutch market, the government will have to amend the rules or bring in new ones, and abolish those that stand in the way of these companies, MPs say. It must also be handled in such a way as to not stand in the way of existing market competitors, however, De Volkskrant report.

Mayor Jozias van Aartsen
Sep 12 '14 09:30

The city of The Hague has approved requests for demonstrations on the 20th of September, and the municipality announces Thursday that The Hague's Mayor Jozias van Aartsen has consigned the five groups planning to demonstrate in the city on that day to certain locations, apart from each other, De Telegraaf reports.

Sep 12 '14 08:54

The discussions surrounding the appearance of Zwarte Piet, and thereby also what the Sinterklaas festivities as a whole will look like, will take place this month, but involved parties will not announce exact dates in order to minimize public tensions, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.

Sep 12 '14 07:59

The NOS has received leaked data from the budget negotiations, the entire contents of which will be announced on Tuesday. This early leak concerns figures on projected joblessness and economic growth for next year, the NOS reports.

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Sep 11 '14 16:19

Concilor Johnas Lambs of the Party for the Animals says that festivals in parks and natural areas must be reduced. Then Amsterdam residents may again find peace in nature.

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Sep 11 '14 16:07

The government today announced an 13 million euro additional investment from 2018 into the Dutch aerospace industry. Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp told the House that this investment will allow Dutch entrepreneurs and scientists to benefit from developments in the European space program.

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Sep 11 '14 15:53

The proportion of women sitting on company boards in the Netherlands has increased by 1.5 percent compared to 2013, but remains dramatically short of the government's 30-percent target. At the current rate, it will take 14 years for corporate boards to consist of at least 30 percent women, a milestone the Dutch government wants to reach by 2016.

Euro
Sep 11 '14 13:35

A Utrecht court is set to preside over an emergency hearing on Thursday afternoon over leaked budgetary figures. On Tuesday, RTL published prematurely disclosed figures about purchasing power which were scheduled to be publicly announced on Prinsjesdag.

Sep 11 '14 13:30

Minister Opstelten of Security and Justice was until yesterday in the Committee of recommendation of the Gergjev Festival. In this he supported a dear comrade of Russian President Putin.

Cucumbers
Sep 11 '14 12:04

The European Commission has expressed doubts over the justification for some requests for compensation to farmers for subsidies for perishable fruits and vegetables. The EU hereby postpones the allocation of these subsidies on the basis of dubious claims, Z24 reports.

Tolerance
Sep 11 '14 08:50

Sociology students in preparatory middle-level vocational education (VMBO) schools in The Netherlands are in an uproar over texts about Moroccans and Turks in one of their textbooks. The Book, from publisher Malmberg, contains prejudicial text about minority groups in The Netherlands, the students say on Twitter, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.

Frans Timmermans
Sep 11 '14 07:53

Minister Frans Timmermans has announced that The Netherlands will be prepared to offer heavy military equipment to America's fight against IS. Timmermans emphasizes that there needs to be a direct request for this from the Americans, as well as a concrete plan, de Volkskrant reports.

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Sep 10 '14 14:18

The Cabinet maintains that the budged documents will be made public on Prinsjedag, September 16th.

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Sep 10 '14 13:53

The Cabinet is in discussions with the United States about how the Netherlands can contribute to the international coalition in the fight against the terrorist movement Islamic State (IS).

Sep 10 '14 13:00

Frans Timmermans (PvdA) has been named the First Vice President of the new European Commission. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker just announced this at a press conference.

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Sep 10 '14 11:16

Figures from the new budget, which is set to be publicly announced on Prinsjesdag, 16 September, have been leaked to the Dutch media. MPs are calling it 'contempt' and an 'insult', RTL Nieuws reports.

Sep 10 '14 10:47

The Dutch Senate yesterday honored the victims of flight MH17 during the first meeting of the new parliamentary year. A minute of silence followed speeches from Senate president Broekers-Knol and Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the NOS reports.

Fred Teeven
Sep 10 '14 10:13

Hard criminals in The Netherlands should receive lifelong trial release from prison even if the judge has not laid down a probationary period, according to a majority in Parliament. MPs propose a plan to allow probation officers to keep supervising these criminals throughout their lives outside prison, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.

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Sep 9 '14 15:15

Two executives who, according to the Borstlap commission, were partly responsible for the mistreatment of NZa employee Arthur Gotlieb, have been put on leave.

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Sep 9 '14 14:59

The Foundation Youth Smoking Prevention (Rookpreventie Jeugd) is suing the Dutch government because of their existing relationship with the tobacco industry. The government will be informed of the summons today or tomorrow, AD.nl reports.

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Sep 9 '14 14:32

At 09:00 am this morning Prime Minister Rutte, along with the Prime Ministers of Australia and Malaysia, were telephonically informed about the preliminary report by the Research Council for Safety regarding the circumstances of the disaster with flight MH17.

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Sep 9 '14 09:34

The United State has deemed The Netherlands unfit to address the threat of the Islamic State (IS) in a powerful enough manner. Because of the country's hesitation to contribute heavy weaponry, The Netherlands will not be part of the so-called coalition of the willing, in which nine allies are joining forces in the fight against IS, De Volkskrant reports.

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Sep 9 '14 08:44

New details in the search for the faces behind the BUK missiles that shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine point to Russia. The BBC program Panorama spoke to eye witnesses who give evidence to support the claim. This new information comes hours before the Dutch government is to publish its own first report in the ongoing investigation.

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