Politics

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Sep 30 '14 14:45

With only three months to go, there is almost no staff at City Hall who expect that the transfer of new responsibilities to municipalities will go smoothly.

31_-_Albert_de_Vries
Sep 30 '14 13:15

The PvdA feels that the vacancy of offices, shops and commercial buildings must be addressed.

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Sep 30 '14 13:00

Deputy PM Lodewijk Asscher has expressed fears that robots will increasingly be able to take over tasks historically performed by people, leading to a future rise in unemployment. Robots could replace cleaners, warehouse employees and even taxi drivers, according to Asscher.

NS Train
Sep 30 '14 12:43

National rail firm Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) announced Tuesday that bathrooms will be installed on Sprinter trains across the Netherlands by mid 2021, nearly four years earlier than previously expected. State Secretary for Infrastructure and Environment Wilma Mansveld wrote that installation of the toilets will begin in the first quarter of 2018 and involve 131 trains.

Asian chef
Sep 30 '14 09:50

Asian restaurants have been in discussion with Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs and benefits agency UWV about receiving work permits to attract top Asian chefs to their restaurants. The parties came to an agreement, which will be officially signed on Wednesday in Amsterdam, de Telegraaf reports.

Sep 29 '14 16:17

A report by accountancy firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers on the integrity in St. Maarten, paints a picture of a tiny island with Government officials with immeasurable powers and no institutes to police failing legislation.

Sep 29 '14 11:16

Politicians in Rotterdam have told football club Feyenoord that it may have to come up with the millions needed for the extra land that construction company BAM needs to rebuild De Kuip stadium according to their measurements, De Telegraaf reports.

Sep 29 '14 07:00

A candid picture of Queen Maxima and Ingrid Bouterse, the wife of Suriname president Desi Bouterse, posing together has prompted both countries to hop into defense mode over the weekend.

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Sep 26 '14 14:49

Philadelphia, the second largest disability care firm in the Netherlands, is withdrawing from 150 of the 200 municipalities where they are currently guiding the mentally disabled.

Sep 26 '14 13:19

According to Minister of Security and Justice Ivo Opstelten people should continue living a normal life despite the terror threats.

Sep 26 '14 11:38

Now that the EU aid scheme for European farmers have been scrapped, whatever surplus farmers have left over from their harvests of fruits and vegetables is not being sent to food banks, Food Banks Netherlands tells BNR.

asylum seekers
Sep 26 '14 11:19

The number of new asylum seekers in The Netherlands is higher than last year, state secretary Fred Teeven of Security and Justice writes to Parliament. Press service Novum reports.

Fred Teeven
Sep 26 '14 08:17

In Utrecht, state secretary for Security and Justice Fred Teeven has upset Mayor Jan van Zanen by executing a 'power-play', removing an asylum seeker from a center without consulting the Mayor, which is the agreement, RTV Utrecht reports.

Sep 26 '14 07:48

At the United Nations General Assembly in New York Thursday, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that the tragedy of MH17 is felt throughout the country, and that The Netherlands will not rest until there is justice, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.

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Sep 25 '14 13:48

A majority in the Second Chamber does not want to give Amsterdam the opportunity to introduce a compulsory helmet law for scooters.

Sep 25 '14 13:29

New regulations concerning the hygiene of sex toy have sparked a quarrel between Red Light District window operators and Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan. As part of the new licensing conditions, operators themselves will be made responsible for ensuring that sex toys maintain proper hygiene standards.

Mark_Rutte
Sep 25 '14 07:55

At the UN Security Summit in New York on Wednesday, Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that the UN sanctions against jihadis are very important, and that The Netherlands supports them, but that the Dutch effort only extends to Iraq, not Syria, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.

Army training
Sep 24 '14 22:07

In a surprise decision by the Concil of Ministers, the Netherlands has committed military personnel to the international fight against Islamic State (ISIS). In a press conference early Wednesday evening, Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher and Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis announced that the Netherlands will deploy six F-16s for air strikes only in Iraq, another two F-16s to be used as backups, in addition to sending a military defence team of 250 soldiers. The Netherlands will not take part in military missions in Syria.

Sep 24 '14 12:57

One month after Air France-KLM announced its intention to invest one billion euros into its budget subsidiary Transavia, French Secretary of State for Transport Alain Vidalies has announced the project's cancellation. The withdrawal comes in response to a sustained ten-day strike by Air France pilots, which stranded thousands of passengers as the airline suffered flight delays and cancellations.

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Sep 24 '14 11:13

On Wednesday, the Council of Ministers will meet to discuss the Dutch contribution to the international struggle against ISIS.

Sep 24 '14 10:22

The Cabinet is working together with the United Netherlands Municipalities (VNG) and healthcare providers to find solutions to make sure that vulnerable children aren't left without specialized childcare next year, the NOS report.

Jeroen Dijsselbloem
Sep 24 '14 08:38

Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem wants to raise wages wherever possible, telling RTL Z on Tuesday that "this also stimulates the national demand and that is good for the economy."

Gym
Sep 24 '14 08:10

Gym classes in 20 precent of Dutch primary schools are not taught to standard, with classes lasting half the set time. Parliament wants Inspectors to pay a lot more attention to controlling this, the Algemeen Dagblad writes.

Geeert Wilders (Source: Wikimedia/Fabio Visconti)
Sep 23 '14 15:10

It is not yet clear when the Public Prosecutor in The Hague will make a decision on the prosecution of PVV leader Geert Wilders.

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