Politics

Pauline Krikke
Apr 30 '18 11:20

Mayor Pauline Krikke of The Hague wants a new law that will make the state and municipalities cooperate better together to stop undesirable influencing that comes with, she said to Nieuwsuur.

Asylum seekers
Apr 30 '18 10:00

The situation in Afghanistan is still very dangerous, and people sent back to the country run the risk of being kidnapped, tortured and killed, according to 10 aid organizations. They call on the Dutch government to stop deporting asylum seekers back to the country, RTL Nieuws reports.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima with their daughters (left to right) Ariane, Alexia and Amalia, March 2018
Apr 27 '18 10:30

Government information service Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst released new photos of King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and their three daughters to mark the occasion of Willem-Alexander being King of the Netherlands for five years. 

Willem-Alexander took the throne on April 30th, 2013. 

The photos were taken in the Royal Palace in Amsterdam by Erwin Olaf in March.

 

Ferdinand Grapperhaus
Apr 27 '18 08:38

Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security calls a noise protest during the national commemoration of World War II victims on Amsterdam's Dam square "completely wrong", Het Parool reports. 

King Willem-Alexander, 2017
Apr 26 '18 15:40

King Willem-Alexander is still popular among the Dutch population. The Dutch gave him a score of 7.8 in a survey among 1,078 people by DVJ insights, on behalf of RTL Nieuws.

The Dutch King scored well among his population almost since the moment he took the throne in 2013. In 2014 the Dutch population gave him a score of 7.6. Monday is the fifth anniversary of Willem-Alexander taking the throne of the Netherlands. 88.4 percent of Dutch think that Willem-Alexander grew as king over the past years. 

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Apr 26 '18 08:20

The entire opposition, with the exception of the SGP, supported a motion of censure against Prime Minister Mark Rutte in a parliamentary debate about secret memos surrounding the Rutte III government's decision to abolish dividend tax, NU.nl reports.

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Apr 25 '18 13:10

A noise demonstration during the national commemoration of World War II victims in Amsterdam on May 4th is disrespectful and can be punishable, interim Amsterdam Mayor Jozias van Aartsen said on Wednesday morning. He warned action group Geen 4 mei voor mij not to go through with the demonstration, Het Parool reports.

Mark Rutte
Apr 25 '18 09:37

Officials from the Ministry of Finance expressed serious doubts about the abolition of the dividend tax during the Rutte III government formation, according to that the government released under pressure on Tuesday, AD reports.

OPWC headquarters in The Hague
Apr 25 '18 07:34

Russia plans to bring 17 Syrian people, who were seen on footage of a, to the Netherlands. These people seen dying in the footage are alive and well, and in this way Russia wants to "unmask" the "unforgivable lies" over the incident, Alexander Shulgin, Russian ambassador to the OPWC, said to British news sender ITV News.

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Apr 24 '18 16:20

ING faced a storm of criticism and questions at its shareholders' meeting on Monday about the bank's, , plan to to 3 million euros per year, ANP reports.

A child walks near members of the Muslim community attending midday prayers at Strasbourg Grand Mosque in Strasbourg, France
Apr 24 '18 15:00

At least 30 Islamic organizations in the Netherlands have applied for and received funding from conservative Gulf States in recent years. This involves millions of euros coming to the Netherlands from Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, NRC and Nieuwsuur report based on confidential government information they managed to get hold of.

Menno Snel
Apr 24 '18 14:20

For the first time ever, a member of the Dutch government attended the commemoration fo the Armenian genocide of 1915 and 1916 in Yerevan.

was at the ceremony in the Armenian capital, at the insistence of the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament. In the presence of the other foreign guests, he lay flowers at the monument for the victims, NOS reports.

Mark Rutte
Apr 20 '18 10:57

During the government formation, documents were drawn up about the controversial abolition of the dividend tax - tax companies pay on profits paid out to shareholders, the Ministry of Finance confirmed to Trouw. Previously Prime Minster Mark Rutte said that the party leaders do not recall the existence of such documents, NU.nl reports.

The Ministry of Finances refuses to make the documents public, Trouw writes.

The first meeting of the Dutch police's new youth council, 16 April 2018
Apr 20 '18 10:02

Earlier this week the Dutch police announced that it established a youth council, which will give the police a young person's perspective on important social issues. The first topic up for discussion was discrimination. But Control Alt Delete, an organization that fights against racial profiling, wonders to what extent the 16 "predominantly white" young people on the youth council can advise the police based on their experiences with this topic.

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Apr 19 '18 15:30

The Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, criticized the Netherlands for still not increasing Defense spending to 2 percent of the gross domestic product. "We expect more. This is about what's fair", he said in a conversation with the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, on Thursday, NU.nl reports.

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Apr 19 '18 10:10

Government parties D66 and ChristenUnie are in talks with the Israeli ambassador and the representative of the Palestinian territories in the Netherlands about creating a direct connection between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank of the Jordan, NOS reports.

The two parties want Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs to take the initiative in starting talks with Israel and the Palestinians about a corridor for buses and trucks, among other things. They believe that such a connection will lead to access to medical care, family reunification and trade for the people in Gaza.

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Apr 19 '18 07:48

Children's Ombudsman Margrite Kalverboer is calling on the government to bring Dutch kids stuck in camps in Syria back to the Netherlands. "Doing nothing is unacceptable and in violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child", she said on Thursday. "The Netherlands must to everything in its power to bring these children back." ANP reports.

An Amsterdam ballot for the municipal elections, 21 March 2018
Apr 18 '18 16:30

The Netherlands' current election process - with manual voting, polling stations that stay open for long hours, and manual vote counting - is no longer feasible and can give rise to doubts about results' reliability. The association of Dutch municipalities VNG and the Dutch association of civil affairs NVVB therefore composed an 'Election Agenda 2021' with several proposals for making this process more efficient, NOS reports.

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Apr 18 '18 09:26

The National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) made sure all Dutch government organizations are aware of a warning issued by the American and British security services about Russian state hackers targeting network equipment. The NCSC, which falls under the Ministry of Justice and Security, takes this warning seriously and advises all Dutch organizations to check their network equipment for erroneous configurations, NU.nl reports.

Big data
Apr 18 '18 08:50

A coalition of journalists, lawyers, civil society organizations, and IT- and tech companies is preparing a lawsuit to postpone the implementation of the new law for the Dutch intelligence and security services, NU.nl reports.

Menno Snel
Apr 18 '18 07:59

State Secretary Menno Snel of Finance will attend the commemoration of the Armenian genocide in Armenia next week. This is the first time a member of the Dutch government will be present at the commemoration. From now on a Dutch Minister or State Secretary will attend the commemoration every five years, RTL Nieuws reports.

Stef Blok
Apr 16 '18 14:00

The Netherlands sees no sense in implementing more sanctions against Russia for its role in the situation in Syria, Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs said. "The only real solution for the Syrian conflict lies at the negotiating table", the Dutch Minister said, NOS reports.

MH17
Apr 13 '18 16:10

There is no new Cold War between the West and Russia on the way, but finding "common ground" remains a challenge, Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs said in a press conference after meeting his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on Friday. The Russians reaffirmed their cooperation in prosecuting those responsible for the MH17 disaster, he added, ANP reports.

Blok emphasized that, especially in difficult times like these, it is important that Europe and Russia stay in conversation with each other. 

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Apr 13 '18 07:39

The prosecution of those responsible for the MH17 disaster is the first subject Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs will discuss with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov during his visit to Moscow on Friday. The Dutch Minister will also ask Russia to contribute to stopping the conflict in Syria, first of all by making a cease fire possible so that humanitarian aid can get to the people in the war-torn country, NOS reports.

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