Politics

Farmers on tractors on their way to protest in The Hague, 1 October 2019
Oct 1 '19 11:50

Hundreds of farmers are gathering in The Hague to protest on Tuesday. So far two farmers were arrested. One for driving his tractor through barricades set up by the police. The other for interfering in the first farmer's arrest, the police said on Twitter. The protest starts on the Malieveld at 1:00 p.m.

The Hague city hall
Oct 1 '19 10:54

Two aldermen in The Hague are suspected of bribery and corruption, the Public Prosecutor said in a statement. Their homes and offices in the city hall were raided on Tuesday by officers from the Rijksrecherche, an investigative department that handles investigations into government members and government services.

Marianne Thieme
Sep 30 '19 13:50

PvdD leader Marianne Thieme is leaving the Tweede Kamer as of October 8th, she announced during a members' meeting on Sunday. She will be succeeded as the leader of the animal party by parliamentarian Esther Ouwehand, NU.nl reports.

A tweet by PVV Senator Marjolein Faber about a stabbing incident at a terrace in Groningen, 26 Sept 2019
Sep 30 '19 12:10

PVV Senator Marjolein Faber is under fire over a tweet in which she suggested that the media deliberately withheld the "North African" ethnicity of a man suspected of stabbing three people at a Groningen terrace last week. Days after two of the three victims refuted this claim, describing the suspect as having pale skin and gray hair, the populist politician's tweet is still online.

Fire truck at the port of Amsterdam
Sep 30 '19 10:28

In a radio interview with Amsterdam fire brigade commander Leen Schaap about systemic racial and gender bias in the fire department, Schaap claimed that Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema found a common racist joke in the fire department "funny" and "hilarious". Halsema's office disputed Schaap's claim. Schaap said to radio program This American Life that the joke in question involves the a racial slur often made against people of color in the Amsterdam fire department.

China national flags
Sep 30 '19 09:54

Coalition parties CDA and D66 are flabbergasted by the fact that the government's China Strategy does not mention anything about the poor human rights situation in China. Opposition parties are also critical. The Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, will debate the strategy, in which the government explained its policy towards China, with Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs on Monday, NOS reports.

Climate strike on Koekamp in The Hague, 27 September 2019
Sep 27 '19 13:48

Thousands of kids, young people and adults flooded to Koekamp in The Hague on Friday afternoon to protest for a more effective climate policy. By around 1:00 p.m., when the protest was set to start, The Hague Central Station was completely packed with people. "Stay calm and follow the directions of NS personnel", the police advised on Twitter. 

Litter
Sep 27 '19 12:10

As the industry is failing to reduce the number of single-use plastic bottles ending up in the trash and littering the streets and nature, State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven of Infrastructure and Water Management has decided to move up her decision on introducing a deposit on small plastic bottles. 

Flowers at Derk Wiersum's office
Sep 27 '19 10:29

After the murder of defense attorney Derk Wiersum in front of his Amsterdam home last week, the city is offering extra security to a large number of people. Many also connected to the case around alleged drug gang leader Ridouan Taghi. This extra security is necessary, but comes at the expense of Amsterdam's police capacity, mayor Femke Halsema and Jan Pronker of the Amsterdam police said in a city council debate on Thursday.

Climate strike in The Hague, 27 September 2019
Sep 27 '19 09:59

Throngs of schoolchildren and adults are expected to walk out of their classrooms, jobs and daily routines to instead take to the streets of The Hague to demand that the Dutch government and other world leaders take more action against global warming. They join a global movement of young people demanding that their world be protected against the climate crisis. 

A woman wearing a niqab
Sep 26 '19 15:50

Since the Partial Ban on Face-Covering Clothing was implemented on August 1st, banning clothing items like burkas and balaclavas in public transport, hospitals, education- and government buildings, no violators have been fined, RTL Nieuws reports after speaking to institutions where the ban applies. A number of organizations raised concerns about increased aggression and hostility against women who wear burkas and niqabs.

Sep 26 '19 13:20

Parties in the Tweede Kamer are doubtful about whether the Dutch State's purchase of 750 million euros in Air France-KLM shares is having the promised effect. Coalition party D66 and opposition parties PvdA and PVV, among others, want Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra to show how the government's purchase of these shares improved KLM's position in the airline combination, NOS reports. 

Femke Halsema
Sep 26 '19 12:28

Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema's 15-year-old son will not be prosecuted for illegal firearm possession. The Public Prosecution Service (OM) referred his case to Halt, where he will likely get community service, his lawyer Peter Plasman said to ANP.

Stef Blok
Sep 26 '19 07:46

The Netherlands and Iraq are looking into whether jihadists who fought for terrorist organizations like ISIS can be tried in the Middle Eastern country. Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs is advocating for a separate international tribunal to try foreign rebel fighters in the Syrian civil war, NRC reports.

King Willem-Alexander with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Foreign Affairs Ministers Stef Blok and Sigrid Kaag at the UN General Assembly, 24 Sept 2019
Sep 25 '19 07:34

In his speech at the General Assembly of the United Nations, King Willem-Alexander called on Russia to cooperate in the investigation into the downing of flight MH17. "The relatives of the 298 victims expect justice and we will not rest until justice is done", the Dutch King said. King Willem-Alexander also spoke on climate change and LGBTQ rights in his speech. NOS reports.

Second Chamber
Sep 24 '19 12:58

The VVD expelled parliamentarian Wybren van Haga on Tuesday. According to party leader Klaas Dijkhoff, he cannot remain in the party now that he is again under fire over his activities as a property manager and landlord, NOS reports.

The Dutch and Moroccan flags
Sep 24 '19 11:20

A group of Dutch-Moroccan people is asking the Tweede Kamer for support in their fight against compulsory Moroccan nationality. "After 50 years we want full Dutch citizenship", they said in a manifesto handed to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, RTL Nieuws reports.

Dutch passport
Sep 24 '19 08:47

Five persons recently officially regained their Dutch nationality, according to a decision published in the Staatscourant on Monday. These persons' Dutch nationality was previously revoked because they joined terrorist organizations in Syria and Iraq, NOS reports.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice and Security could not confirm to NU.nl that the five persons involved are or were indeed jihadists. 

WWII military cemetery in Oosterbeek for soldiers who died in the Battle for Arnhem
Sep 23 '19 10:20

Five veterans of the Second World War were refused entry to the Airborne memorial in Arnhem on Friday night. Arnhem mayor Ahmed Marcouch called their refusal "extremely painful". On Sunday he offered them apologies and a gift. "Unfortunately, this went wrong. We should do better next time", the mayor said, RTL Nieuws reports.

Second Chamber
Sep 20 '19 10:27

The parliamentary debate on the national budget on Thursday was apparently not exciting enough to keep the attention of all those present. Ministers Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security and Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure and Water Management were caught watching football while Prime Minister Mark Rutte spoke.

Mark Rutte
Sep 19 '19 16:20

The fight against organized crime is complicated, but can be won, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on the second day of the parliamentary debate on the national budget. Ferdinand Grapperhaus agreed with Rutte’s standpoint. The Security and Justice Minister from the PM’s conservative VVD party backed a call from several politicians to form a specialized unit focused solely on tackling drug crime.

Ferdinand Grapperhaus
Sep 19 '19 13:50

Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security is looking for more money to push into the fight against organized crime, he said on Thursday morning, one day after defense attorney Derk Wiersum was assassinated outside of his Amsterdam Home. "If we really want to achieve success over organized crime, we have to take an extra step", Grapperhaus said, Het Parool reports. "More than we have done so far, also if it means extra resources."

The Essalam Mosque in Rotterdam
Sep 19 '19 13:00

The Essalam Mosque in Rotterdam, the largest mosque in the Netherlands, decided to break ties with imam Said Abarkan over Salafist remarks he made in the past. The decision was made after extensive deliberation. "We're parting ways in good consultation. In the interest of the future of the mosque. He understands that", Abdel Sadni said to AD on behalf of the mosque.

Justice scales and the Amsterdam flag
Sep 18 '19 13:50

The entire Amsterdam city council wants an emergency debate with Mayor Femke Halsema on undermining crime after the murder of criminal law attorney Derk Wiersum in the city on Wednesday morning. Wiersum represented key witness Nabil B., who linked fugitive Ridouan Taghi to a number of gangland assassinations.

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