Politics

Nov 21 '13 14:10

Three more Greenpeace activists were released by the Russian court in St. Petersburg on bail, The Associated Press reports.

Nov 15 '13 04:40

The MPs Segers and Van Raak stated this Thursday night on the Radio 1 program 'Met het Oog op Morgen'

Nov 15 '13 04:35

State Secretary Fred Teeven (Justice) sees little scope for cuts in the judicial system to be found elsewhere, so the legal aid can be spared

Wilders
Nov 14 '13 05:32

The PVV and the French Front National are going to work together in Europe. At a press conference in The Hague the leaders of both parties called it a historic collaboration

Nov 14 '13 04:45

CDA and PvdA are pleased with the results of the mid-term municipal elections. The Labour Party did well in Friesland and became the largest party in Heerenveen and Leeuwarden . The Christian Democrats won the election in Alphen

Nov 14 '13 04:45

The government and the opposition parties CDA, D66, ChristenUnie, GroenLinks, and SGP will not reach an agreement this week on the retirement plans

Nov 14 '13 04:34

NATO has agreed to the extension of the Patriot mission in Turkey. Netherlands contributes to the mission, of which Turkey is now asking for an extension

Nov 13 '13 15:24

The Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte will pay a two-day official visit to China on Friday.

Nov 13 '13 11:36

Testifying Monday at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg, Germany, the Netherlands rejected Russian claims of inaction against Greenpeace activists.

Nov 11 '13 14:35

The Coast Guard fears more accidents if the number of wind farms along the coast is increased. The North Sea is already one of the busiest seas in the world. If the plans for building even more wind turbines are realized, the chances of accidents will increase, according to Ed Veen, director of the Dutch Coast Guard.

Nov 11 '13 14:20

Russia has moved a group of 30 activists and journalists detained aboard a Greenpeace ship in September to St. Petersburg from the Arctic city of Murmansk, RIA Novosti reports.

Nov 11 '13 14:03

Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said that he was misquoted in earlier news report stating that Russian law bans homosexual propaganda among minors violates the rights of sexual minorities and Russian gays may apply asylum in the Netherlands.

Nov 8 '13 17:01

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima will dine at the Kremlin Friday evening with Russian President Vladimir Putin. However, Dutch experts think it is not of much importance for Putin.

Nov 8 '13 16:26

Foreign Affairs Minister Frans Timmermans will speak to his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Saturday concerning sensitive issues that recently came up in the bilateral relations, announced Lavrov's spokesperson Friday

Nov 7 '13 15:57

A letter from Minister Frans Timmermans (Foreign Affairs) to the House on the Dutch asylum policy for Russian lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LHBT's) caused a stir in Russia.

Nov 6 '13 09:04

The Netherlands has decided to take Russia to court over Greenpeace ship matter.

Nov 6 '13 00:02

King Willem-Alexander will not hand over the 'Dream Book for Russia', by some gay organizations, to President Putin on Friday. It is not within the package of tasks of the King, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Nov 5 '13 17:25

The Utrecht city council has nominated Jan van Zanen (VVD) as the new mayor of Utrecht, NRC.nl reports Tuesday.

Nov 5 '13 00:59

King Willem-Alexander swore in Lucille George-Wout as Governor of Curaçao. With this act the island territory once again has a full-fledged governor, just before the introductory royal visit on November 18 and 19.

Nov 4 '13 12:03

Minister Melanie Schulz of Infrastructure thinks that constructing more roads is not the ultimate solution to solve traffic problems. Their should be more creative and innovative ways to solve the problem of  the congested roads, she said in the program Buitenhof on Sunday.

Nov 1 '13 17:15

Faiza Oulahsen, a Dutch Greenpeace activist imprisoned in Russia, has asked King Willem-Alexander for help.

Gavel
Oct 31 '13 03:07

A Rotterdam official who was fired because he allegedly leaked confidential information about potential fire safety hazards at mosque-boarding takes his case to court.

Oct 31 '13 02:24

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Frans Timmermans, was on Wednesday in the House to answer questions about the status of the relationship with Russia.

Many worried MPs wanted to know from the minister how the discussions, cooperation and negotiations go about the various issues. The minister answered that all communications are happening in a relaxed way during which both parties show respect for each other. Timmermans added, “I am happy that no new incidents have happened.”

Oct 31 '13 01:09

Bontes told the Volkskrant that he has not been voted out of the PVV group in the house anonymously. One of the PVV MPs abstained from voting. 

Geert Wilders told the press on Tuesday morning, right after the voting, that the decision was an anonymous decision. Bontes describes the situation: “After Wilders had spoken, all MPs were given some time to speak. Then the voting took place, although one of the MPs asked for a written voting. That person abstained from the oral voting. However, the 13 voters against me were for me enough proof that I was no longer welcome.”

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