Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte spoke with American President Barack Obama about the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash in Ukraine on Thursday night.
Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte released a statement Thursday evening expressing his dismay over the crash in Eastern Ukraine of a flight from Amsterdam to Malaysia. The country's top security official noted that those onboard the plane are of many nationalities.
The EU summit's inability to fill top function positions is not a disaster, according to Prime Minister Mark Rutte. He tells the NOS that there is no wasted time, and expects there will be more progress in August.
With the arrival on Saturday of a KDC-10 aircraft carrying back more than 50 soldiers of the F-16 detachment, the Dutch military has closed off its mission in Afghanistan.
Last week, a delegation of Dutch MPs from the House of Representatives visited the Dutch marine frigate The Seven Provinces (De Zeven Provinciën) off Africa's coast.
The municipal council of Rotterdam has granted mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb the possibility to run for re-election on nomination from the confidential committee.
A city councillor in Breda has been kicked out of his own party’s faction there after making statements comparing the rights of homosexuals to the rights of pedophiles. Labour party (PvdA) member Jamal Nouhi made the comments when suggesting that the foundation Human Rights Watch should stop lobbying for gay rights in Morocco, calling it a religious issue.
PvdA council member for Breda, Jamal Nouhi, has been reprimanded by his party for his comments about homosexuals, who say that the expressions are unfitting and unacceptable.
People with unemployment benefits may now start doing volunteer work at, for example, sport clubs or festivals, if the tasks they do there are already being done by volunteers. This will become possible in a broadening of the rules proposed by Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs.
The PVV in Brussels has fired its nine staff members, saying that the new delegation wants an entirely clean sheet of staff, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
The asylum seekers that left their temporary accommodation in of Vluchthaven penitentiary at a judge’s orders, have now been removed from Oosterpark.
A spike in citizen-reported crimes in the Hague so far this year is due to discrimination and hate crime complaints filed against controversial politician Geert Wilders, the city’s mayor said. Nearly 340 people filed reports against the PVV leader after he rallied party supporters in favor of removing Moroccans from the Hague.
The city council in Culemborg was formed in one month. Now, 81 days later, it has self-imploded with the ChristenUnie stepping out. The VVD and D66 now need to find a third party to re-form the council of mayor and aldermen in the city.
The Cabinet wants to make it possible for entrepreneurs in the Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) to be able to borrow more money to finance growth plans, according to a letter to Parliament from Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs Tuesday.
Dozens of mayors in The Netherlands have come together to plead for a regulation of marijuana cultivation. They want to permit sale of the soft drug in coffeeshops, as well as the cultivation. In an interview with de Volkskrant, mayor Paul Depla of Heerlen outs hard criticism on the current cannabis policy in The Cabinet.
Mayors of eight Dutch and three Belgian cities are going to come together on Tuesday evening for a summit about jihad fighters after the report that threats of a rising number of returned fighters on European soil warned of possible attacks in the future, the AD reports.
Parliament wants the Court of Auditors to investigate what the eventual consequences are of the cuts to the secret service, AIVD. The D66 and CDA filed a motion for this, the ANP reports.
Coalition party VVD has said that the jobs plan presented by labour unions earlier this week is an "idiotic" plan that destroys jobs, and is therefore unspeakable. VVD-faction president Halbe Zijlstra says in an interview with De Telegraaf that the PvdA should also take distance from the proposals.
The CDA in North Holland has made it known that they are against wind farms off the coast by signing a call from CDA-factions in several coastal areas against any parks close to the coastline.
The U.S. is calling for tighter security at some foreign airports.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has predicted a gas crisis of "large scope" in the coming Autumn as a direct result of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Ukraine is the most important transit country for gas to Europe, meaning that the Western parts of the continent will be affected as well.
Bars and restaurants will all have to comply with the smoking ban after Parliament voted with a majority of 76 against 70. This means that small bars who have been able to hold out up to now, will also be removing ashtrays from tables.
State Secretary Fred Teeven and the Ministry of Justice have been determined too strict in their policy around the child pardon regulations. The court in The Hague decided yesterday that it is unjust to deny a child asylum if the child has not been visible to the Realm, but only to the municipality.
Between 2011 and 2013, former Members of Parliament have collectively received more than €12 million in half-pay. Ex-Ministers and ex-State Secretaries together accounted for €2 million. This comes from Minister Plasterk, in answer to Parliament questions from the SP, the NOS reports.