Politics

Dutch Soldiers (Source: Wikimedia/Minister-president Rutte)
Sep 1 '14 16:30

The Netherlands has agreed to a new NATO mission in Afghanistan. The intention is that a hundred soldiers will be sent to the country, starting January 1st 2015.

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Sep 1 '14 14:36

Mayor Eberhard van der Laan continues to explore how Amsterdam and other municipalities can provide shelter for asylum seekers. Van der Laan and Secretary of Justice, Fred Teeven, discussed this topic on Monday morning.

Logo of political party 50PLUS (Source: Wikimedia/Silver Spoon)
Sep 1 '14 13:30

A poll published today by Maurice de Hond on behalf of the Scientific Bureau of older party 50PLUS showed that 55 percent of voters want to lower the retirement age again.

Joram van Klaveren
Sep 1 '14 10:12

Ex-PVV Member of Parliament Joram van Klaveren wants to re-introduce the mandatory military service law for males and females that would see youths participate in military service to keep them on the right track.

Frans Timmermans
Sep 1 '14 08:40

Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem is no longer the leading candidate for position as European Commissioner. Instead, sources in Brussels and The Hague tell De Volkskrant that the Cabinet has placed Minister Frans Timmermans of Foreign Affairs at the head of candidates for Dutch European Commissioner.

Aug 29 '14 17:24

Minister for Security and Justice Ivo Opstelten has called for the withdrawal of Dutch citizenship of anyone who joins an armed terrorist group. His proposal is one of several measures Prime Minister Mark Rutte's cabinet plans to undertake in an effort to tackle radicalization and Jihadism in the Netherlands.

Henk Kamp, VVD, Economic Affairs (Source: Wikimedia/Helene C Stikkel)
Aug 29 '14 16:40

Minister Henk Kamp (VVD - Economic Affairs) described the call by CDA leader Sybrand van Haersma Buma to make the Netherlands self-sufficient in agriculture as an incomprehensible story in the Volkskrant.

Photo: Service Metro Municipality of Amsterdam
Aug 29 '14 13:12

The Amsterdam public transit authority, GVB, has released new video footage of the still under construction Noord-Zuid underground metro line. Although still incomplete, a camera-mounted drone has captured footage of the route, giving people an insider's look at the over €3 billion project.

Aug 29 '14 09:41

On Friday, the Cabinet will discuss further measures to be taken in the mission to diffuse radicalization among youths in The Netherlands. The aim is to prevent youths choosing the side of radical Islam, Het Parool reports.

Desmond Tutu (Source: Wikimedia/Elke Wetzig)
Aug 28 '14 17:23

South African Nobel prize winner and anti apartheid activist Desmond Tutu wrote in a public letter to the Dutch Pension Fund that ABP must withdraw from Israel, Het Parool reports.

Aug 28 '14 09:32

Teachers in The Netherlands are getting the right to time and money for teaching on the side. As part of a €1.2 billion scheme from the Cabinet to improve education, teachers in primary education will get an extra €500 and two hours per year, and teachers in continuing education will get €600 per year as well as five percent of the amount of hours they work per year, the NOS reports.

Aug 28 '14 09:03

After negotiations at the Ministry of Finance with financial specialist from the ruling parties and friendly opposition parties, the Cabinet seems to be in agreement about the budget for next year. Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem says the consensus is a "careful budget", De Telegraaf reports.

Aug 27 '14 14:55

An asylum seeker broke a vertebra and suffered brain hemorrhage last night when he crashed through a stairway balustrade in a home in Amsterdam in which 80 refugees are squatting.

Doel Nuclear Power Plant (Source: Wikimedia/Ad Meskens)
Aug 27 '14 14:25

Politicians from the Dutch provinces Brabant and Zeeland are concerned about the sabotage on Belgian nuclear reactor Doel 4, as the nuclear power plant is located near the Dutch border.

Red Cross
Aug 27 '14 10:12

The Cabinet is making €6.5 million available for extra emergency aid to the population of North Iraq. Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Foreign Trade and Development Co-operation announces today that this money will go to helping these people who are fleeing their homes because of the threat of IS, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.

King Willem-Alexander, Princess Beatrix and Queen Maxima (Source: Wikimedia/Floris Looijesteijn)
Aug 26 '14 16:01

The Protestant Church in the Netherlands feels that King Willem-Alexander speaks too little about God in his speeches.

Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet (Source: Wikimedia/Jan Arkesteijn)
Aug 26 '14 13:27

Under the influence of the Zwarte Piet discussion, Hema has adjusted the packaging of Santa Clause packaging so that there is virtually no sign of Zwarte Piet.

Aug 26 '14 11:05

The municipality of The Hague is coming together with the police to gain an overview of the scope of the demonstrations planned for the 20th of September on the Malieveld. To do this, the authorities will meet with the organizers of the demonstrations, the municipality announces on Monday.

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Aug 26 '14 08:52

Amsterdam is closing the door on two local online companies that were intent on operating as middlemen between private boat-owners and people looking for short-term boat rentals.

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Aug 25 '14 14:09

The budget negotiation between the government and opposition is in its final stages, Alexander Pechtold, leader of the D66 said on Monday.

Star of David
Aug 25 '14 11:05

Jewish organizations in The Netherlands want to open up their community institutions to show Dutch school pupils more about Jewish life and history than Holocaust studies. Dutch director of the Amsterdam Liberal Jewish Community (LJG) Madelon Bino tells Trouw that organizations want to show students that there is a difference between Jewish life in The Netherlands and Israeli politics.

Aug 25 '14 10:06

A cartoon on Joop.nl, a VARA affiliate, has angered Geert Wilders. The cartoon shows the PVV-leader lying on the ground with scissors stuck in his chest, and Queen Beatrix walking away in the background holding a pair of scissors. VARA defends the cartoon, and cartoonist Adriaan Soeterbeek, Het Parool reports.

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Aug 25 '14 09:19

Jeroen van der Veer, the former CEO of oil company Shell, has said the sanctions against Russia are not having the required effect.

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Aug 25 '14 08:13

Key figures in Dutch muslim communities will be encouraged by the Cabinet to do more to prevent radicalization among youths. In a renewed effort by the Cabinet to tackle extremism, Imams breeding hate will also be reprimanded more harshly.

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