Politics

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Jul 28 '17 09:01

Primary schools in the Netherlands receive too little money to structurally improve the quality of education, as is required of them, according to a study by independent institute SEO on behalf of primary school association PO Raad, AD reports.

The researchers concluded that there is not enough money to teach each child on his or her own level, to purchase digital learning tools, to retrain teachers, to offer more gym lessons and to prevent students repeating a year. In addition to these high requirements, primary schools also face increasing demands from parents. 

An NS train waiting on the tracks (Photo: TahR78/Wikipedia)
Jul 28 '17 08:29

Dutch rail company NS decided to also make its announcements gender neutral. Following the example of London's underground and the municipality of Amsterdam, NS will soon address its travelers not as 'ladies and gentlemen', but as 'best travelers', NOS reports.

This measure will be implemented with the new timetable on December 10th. NS hopes to also turn all the broadcasts on stations gender neutral - the company is in talks with the other transit companies on the Dutch rail network. 

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Jul 27 '17 08:26

Amsterdam fire department commander Leen Schaap is still struggling to change the culture within the corps, which still shows signs of discrimination, racism and bullying, Mayor Eberhard van der Laan and municipal secretary Arjan van Gils said in a letter to the city council, NU.nl reports.

Gender neutral restroom
Jul 26 '17 11:00

The municipality of Amsterdam is taking another step towards gender-neutrality. From now on the municipality is scrapping the words "ladies and gentlemen" from the beginning of speeches and will also no longer start letters with "Dear Sir/Madam", Het Parool reports.

Pete Hoekstra and Donald Trump, Oct 2016
Jul 26 '17 10:20

If the United States Senate approves Donald of former Republican congressman Pete Hoekstra as new U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands, he will be coming to The Hague in the fall. How Hoekstra will do in the Netherlands is the question - a number of his standpoints are contrary to the general feeling in the Netherlands, according to broadcaster NOS.

Pete Hoekstra and Donald Trump, Oct 2016
Jul 25 '17 07:34

American president Donald Trump nominated American-Dutch former congressman Pete Hoekstra to be the new United States Ambassador to the Netherlands, NU.nl reports.

Hoekstra, 63, is one of Trump's advisors. He was previously nominated as a

Jul 24 '17 09:08

Dutch voters want a strong leader that will get things done, but within the democratic rules, according to a large-scale poll on populism by international poller Kantar Public. The researchers questioned representative groups in the Netherlands, France, Germany and Great Britain. They concluded that Germans are the least susceptible to populism, the French and English the most. The Netherlands is in between, the Volkskrant reports. 

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Jul 21 '17 14:15

It seems that Christian party SGP is extending its fight against extending the Dutch euthanasia law to the outside world. SGP leader Kees van der Staaij published an opinion piece in American newspaper The Wall Street Journal under the headline: "In the Netherlands, the doctor will kill you".

"Is the day coming that it will be normal for old people to take a pill and simply disappear?" Van der Staaij wrote, according to the Volkskrant. According to him, the Netherlands is on a slippery slope.

Police Reports
Jul 21 '17 10:10

The Dutch government is against a parliamentary proposal to only allow police officers in videos and photos if their faces and other identifying features have been blurred out. Minister Stef Blok of Security and Justice called the proposal "undesirable" and "unnecessary" in a letter to the Tweede Kamer on Thursday, NU.nl reports.

Enduring Freedom
Jul 21 '17 09:09

Two Iraqis hit in air strikes while fleeing from Mosul on January 26th, 2015, want to know whether Dutch F-16s were involved. Lawyer Liesbeth Zegveld asked for clarification from Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert in a letter sent to NRC on Thursday. 

Home Safe Home campaign by VluchtelingenWerk and Ben & Jerry's
Jul 20 '17 16:10

Dutch refugee organization VluchtelingenWerk and ice cream brand Ben & Jerry's are working together to try and convince European politicians to take in more vulnerable asylum seekers from shelters across the world. Today they launched a campaign titled Home Safe Home, AD reports.

"This is one of the biggest problems of this moment. We are talking about it in the Netherlands for the first time. We have young supporters and we want to activate them for this", Laura van Geel, social mission manager of Ben & Jerry's said to the newspaper. 

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Jul 20 '17 11:30

The municipality of Amsterdam suspended the manager of its Radicalization and Polarization Department on suspicion of fraud, sources confirmed to Het Parool and the Telegraaf. According to the newspapers, she is suspected of invoice fraud and conflict of interests.

The Public Prosecutor launched a criminal investigation into the matter after the municipality's integrity office called in the police, Het Parool reports. Mayor Eberhard van der Laan informed the city council about the case last week.

Gerrit Zalm
Jul 20 '17 09:28

Negotiators for the VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie seemed carefully optimistic that the talks will come to a good conclusion when they pick up again after the summer break. There is good hope, mediator Gerrit Zalm said after the negotiators parted ways for a two week long break on Wednesday, AD reports.

Jul 19 '17 15:40

The Netherlands can close all its coal plants, but only if a national law to that effect is implemented, according to advice the Council of State sent to Economic Minister Henk Kamp on Wednesday, ANP reports.

The Tweede Kamer called on Kamp last week to by making the efficiency requirements so high that they can't be met by any coal plant. The council of state investigated whether this was possible.

Jul 19 '17 09:23

Today is the 126th day of government formation talks in the Netherlands. And while the formation still seems to be far from over, progress is being made. The financial part of the formation is going so well, that mediator Gerrit Zalm hopes to have this phase finished today, BNR reports. 

Once the financial part is complete, the documents can be sent to central planning office CPB to be checked over and credited, and the negotiators can break for summer holiday. 

Dutch police officers responding to a report of a crime
Jul 18 '17 13:20

The modernization of the Criminal Procedure Code will cost police officers more time working on administration, and that comes at the expense of other important tasks like investigation, two police higher ups warned in the Volkskrant on Tuesday.

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Jul 18 '17 08:23

Dutch nationals in the U.K. considering taking British citizenship in order to avoid complications after the Brexit, must be aware that they will lose their Netherlands passport due to existing limits on dual nationality, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said, according to The Guardian.

MH17
Jul 17 '17 10:29

A group of relatives of MH17 victims gathered in front of the Russian embassy in The Hague on Sunday for a silent protest. "Stop playing games. Be a nation as proud and worthy as your people", the group wrote in a message to Russia. They accuse the country of hindering the investigation focussed on finding the truth, RTL Nieuws reports.

The relatives took a remembrance bench to the protest. A metal plate attached to the bench states in Russian: "Humanity over politics", according to the broadcaster. 

Bunk beds
Jul 13 '17 16:40

Two residents of a villa district in Den Helder decided to stop plans for an asylum center housing 16 young asylum seekers on their street by buying the property involved themselves. The villa cost over 500 thousand euros, AD reports.

Gavel (Source: Wikimedia/Brian Turner)
Jul 13 '17 10:10

Dutch judges rarely retract the residency permits of immigrants with a criminal record, despite a change in legislation in 2012 that makes it easier to do so, the Volkskrant reports.

Tweede Kamer
Jul 12 '17 15:10

Dutch parliamentarians are shocked that a court ordered a Hague school to pay compensation to a mother whose kids missed the class photo. The kids , and the court ordered the school to pay their mother 500 euros in compensation.

Gerrit Braks during his time as Minister, December 1984
Jul 12 '17 15:10

Former Minister and Senate chairman Gerrit Braks died at the age of 84, his family and his political party, CDA, confirmed on Wednesday afternoon, ANP reports.

Spyware
Jul 12 '17 14:40

Twelve organizations teamed up to file a lawsuit to stop the implementation of a new data mining law in the Netherlands. The new law was and gives the intelligence services more capabilities to spy on internet traffic on a large scale.

AIVD office in Zoetermeer
Jul 12 '17 10:41

A majority in the Eerste Kamer, the Dutch Senate, voted for implementing a new that will give the Dutch intelligence services the authority to intercept data on a large scale. The new law was drawn up by Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk and will take effect on January 1st, NOS reports.

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