Politics

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Dec 9 '14 20:16

The number of jihad-goers in Arnhem is on the rise, according to Mayor Herman Kaiser. The police, justice and community are currently monitoring 26 potential jihadists, compared to the 17 that were on the radar in September.

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Dec 9 '14 11:10

Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minster Liliane Ploumen (Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation) visited Mali in the past two days. Accompanied by Chief of Defense General Tom Middendorp, the visited the Dutch troops in the United Nations mission Munumsa (Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali).

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Dec 9 '14 07:52

Representatives of about 70 civil society organizations, including the Consumer Association, health insurers and Abvakabo FNV, delivered a manifesto to the Senate on Monday making their concerns known about the legislative proposal that limits the free choice of doctor.

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Dec 8 '14 16:35

PVV leader Geert Wilders told the national Police today that he meant every word of the "fewer Moroccans" statements he made during an election day rally on March 19. The controversial politician also cited American activist Martin Luther King jr. in Wilders' own fight against what Wilders calls the "Moroccan problem."

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Dec 5 '14 19:30

Mayor Eberhard van der Laan is furious about the decision to shut down the Juvenile penitentiary, Amsterbaken in 2016, and has repeatedly urged State Secretary Fred Teeven en MP Ivo Opstelten (Security and Justice) to reconsider their decision.

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Dec 5 '14 08:24

The Netherlands earned a profit of 1.3 billion euro on a bank lending scheme introduced at the height of the financial crisis to keep the economy moving. In October 2008 the Dutch government introduced a 200 billion euro guarantee scheme for banks to continue offering medium-term debt and make it safer to lend to each other.

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Dec 5 '14 08:16

Organizing festivals in Amsterdam should be easier, according to political parties D66 and VVD. The parties are aiming to put an end to differences between the districts and authorities by streamlining the process to award permits for city events, Parool reports.

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Dec 4 '14 12:50

The government must put 100 million euro into making schools and homes more energy efficient. The D66 wants to take this amount from the 600 million euro that Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs has reserved for his job plans.

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Dec 4 '14 09:08

To the surprise of the VVD, the PvdA does not want to extract any shale gas in the Netherlands until the end of this term of government. PvdA leader Diederik Samson announced this during a debate in the Second Chamber last night.

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Dec 3 '14 14:39

On Tuesday morning, police officers at the police station in Soest refused to record reports from the action group Pro Zwarte Piet.

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Dec 3 '14 09:56

Yesterday the Utrecht province council member Bert de Vries of the PvdA terminated his membership with the party with immediate effect after 17 years of "loyal support". He feels that the faction is too involved in the mosque to win votes.

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Dec 2 '14 18:28

Over 5.5 million taxpayers will be given extra time in 2015 to pay tax on income earned in 2014. Once the tax office notifies people how much they owe in income tax, people will be given four months to make payment, instead of the usual six weeks, Finance Secretary Eric Wiebes said.

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Dec 1 '14 11:20

The VVD and SP believe that if Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten are so dissatisfied with the Netherlands' involvement, it may be better if the kingdom is transformed into a commonwealth.

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Dec 1 '14 10:39

56 percent of voters consider the integration in the Netherlands "largely or completely failed". This is evident from the weekly poll by Maurice de Hond.

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Dec 1 '14 08:54

The Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu feels that Turkey should indeed play a role in the integration policies of European countries. He said this to news agency NOS. He does not think that the Netherlands is a racist country, but says that there are racist tendencies.

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Nov 28 '14 18:33

Prime Minster Rutte has stated he believes Turkey has no need to apologize for the alleged accusations that the Dutch government is racist. "In the future, we will make it clear that we are by no means interested in Turkey's opinion of our government and policies," said the prime minister after the cabinet meeting earlier today.

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Nov 28 '14 14:28

The Cabinet wants to get rich foreigners to invest in the Netherlands, but the millionaire migrants stay away.

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Nov 28 '14 13:58

Annemarie Jorristma is stepping own as mayor of Almere next summer. At that time she will have served two terms as mayor.

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Nov 28 '14 10:25

Jules Deelder, the Night Mayor of Rotterdam, turned 70 and was allowed to be the Day Mayor of Rotterdam for eight hours. He was installed in the Rotterdam council chamber shortly after celebrating his birthday. In his inaugural speech he appealed for more unity among all residents, whatever nationality.

Arjan Vliegenthart
Nov 27 '14 23:21

Amsterdam is initiating a six-month trial of 425 city-subsidized jobs next year. The goal is for each subsidy to lead to a full-time unsubsidized job, with a third of the subsidies earmarked for young people with limited work experience.

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Nov 27 '14 18:30

Allegations that members of the Turkish government formally accused the Dutch government of racism are unfounded, a Turkish diplomat said Thursday. "The Turkish government is not accusing the Dutch of racism. The Netherlands is one of our most valuable, and closest allies," a spokesman for the Turkish Embassy to the Netherlands said.

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Nov 27 '14 14:12

Minister Ivo Opstelten (Security and Justice) has approved the extradition of Albanian murderer, but The Hague court ruled against his extradition on Tuesday and the Albanian will not be extradited.

Minister Lodewijk Asscher
Nov 27 '14 14:12

According to Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher, the PVV "crossed a new line" by "clearly and unambiguously" stating that "Muslims do not have the same rights as other Dutch citizens".

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Nov 27 '14 13:24

"The Netherlands has become completely "Islamized'. The Muslims have settled down here, and made the Netherlands their home. They are growing, at our expense", said PVV Parliamentarian Machiel de Graaf with a sneer during debate in the Tweede Kamer.

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