Municipal councils throughout the country got an extreme makeover at the local elections Wednesday. The CDA is still the biggest party, but the PvdA and the VVD have had to swallow big losses as they saw their leading positions slip away in many places.
The Liberal People's Party (LVR) led by Jos van Rey is plagued by defacement of posters and a Facebook page with almost 3,500 'Likes' that mocks the party. The party filed a police report about the defacement of their posters.
"Vote for change tomorrow! Vote Leefbaar Rotterdam!" says an ad that appeared on the front page of the Rotterdam edition of the 'Metro' today. The ad was placed by mistake, calling people to cast their votes for Leefbaar Rotterdam on Thursday, March 20, instead of today.
So far 29 percent of eligible voters have cast their votes in the city council elections, according to polling agency Ipsos, based on a poll around 15:30. The turnout is the same as in 2010.
Mohamed Derkaoui, candidate council member for the Liberal People's Party Roermond (LVR) apologized for saying homosexuality is a disease.
Two Dutch Uzbeks, who have lived in the Netherlands since 2008, are currently detained on the Russian airport Domodedovo in Moscow since March 8. A Russian court just extended their remand until mid April and is investigating whether to extradite them to their homeland, Uzbekistan.
PvdA-leader Diederik Samsom has cast his vote in the municipality of Leiden. At around 8 a.m., his ballot went into the box at care center Topaz Groenhoven, he said on Twitter.
This election may be suffering from low voter-turnout, but that doesn't mean those who didn't vote already didn't have any fun doing it. This year, selfies at the municipal council elections has been officially okayed.
At train stations in big cities, voters formed long queues this morning to vote at the special booths.
Ron Meyer, of the SP council in Heerlen, has been named best council member in the Netherlands.
According to a poll from Ipsos, done as a task for the NOS, the voter-turnout for the municipal council elections on Wednesday will be the lowest ever. Only 43 percent of those questioned will be voting.
The frontrunner for a local party in Dongen, Brabant, has possibly encouraged his party members to recruit voters. The municipality announced on their website that the mayor has filed a report on Tuesday.
Several hundred people were able to cast their votes at the beginning of the night for the municipal council elections. This could be done in The Hague, Tilburg and Haarlemmermeer, het Parool reports
Leaders from Canada, France, Japan, Germany, U.S., Italy, and Great-Britain, the G7, will discuss the Crimea crisis next week in The Hague during the nuclear summit, announced the White House Tuesday. The Russian President, Putin, signed an agreement earlier today, annexing Crimea into the Russian Federation.
Dutch people who had to flee Indonesia between 1950 and 1970, numbering 380,000, are still owed millions by the Dutch government, according to journalist Griselda Molemans.
Laura Geest, the Director of the Central Bureau for Planning CPB has said that the unrest in Ukraine could may well disrupt the economic recovery of the Netherlands.
Half of all Dutch people don't know a single council member in their municipality, not even from hearsay. Of people under 35 years of age, 60 percent can't name one council member.
Maurice de Hond, Dutch pollster, has revealed that the D66 becoming the biggest party in The Hague. An opinion poll shows that the D66 is winning two seats, and comes out at eight seats in total. The PVV and the PvdA are both losing, stuck at seven seats.
Amsterdam PvdA-council member Emre Ünver was in a fight with some Turkish youths on Sunday on the Leidseplein. It happened during a gathering of remembrance for a 15-year old Turkish boy who died last week, het Parool reports.
Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, does not agree with PvdA leader Diderik Samsom that he is too soft on PVV leader Geert Wilders.
"The Crimea referendum violates the Constitution of the Ukraine and is a result of military aggression. The referendum was not recognized, therefore the results are not recognized," said Minister of Foreign Affairs, Frans Timmermans, in a response to the recently held referendum on Crimea.
There seems to be disagreement among the coalition parties about how Geert Wilders should be dealt with.
Dutch pollster Maurice de Hond is predicting the D66 to be the biggest party in Amsterdam for municipal council elections on Wednesday.