Politics

Dutch police officer
May 27 '19 15:40

The police had to intervene at the Romanian embassy in The Hague on Sunday after a group of furious eligible voters stormed the embassy. The embassy closed its doors - and therefore also that of the polling station inside - at 8:00 p.m., before many Romanian voters, many of whom had stood in line for hours, could cast their vote. As far as is known, no arrests were made, RTL Nieuws reports.

Dutch and American flags at the American WWII cemetery in Margraten
May 27 '19 14:00

The Netherlands honored the American soldiers who fought and died in the Second World War during a Memorial Day ceremony at the American cemetery in Margraten on Saturday. American ambassador Pete Hoekstra was among the attendees. "Today, we stand here with bowed heads, deeply grateful to these fallen soldiers for the legacy they have given us. A legacy of freedom and justice for all", Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs said in his speech at the ceremony. 

Geert Wilders surrounded by bodyguards, Spijkenesse Feb 2017
May 27 '19 12:20

Nexit advocate Geert Wilders doesn't believe that his anti-Islam PVV will disappear from the European Parliament for good after the party's crushing defeat in the European elections last week. He called the results of the elections "disappointing" on Twitter, but added: "The PVV will be back. We have the best ideas."

According to the provisional results of ANP's election service, the PVV lost all four its seats in the European Parliament.

An Amsterdam polling station for the European Parliament elections, 23 May 2019
May 27 '19 09:46

While different parties across the European Union are celebrating victories in the European Parliament elections, the biggest winner may be the election itself. The turnout for this election, which was held in all EU Member States between Thursday and Sunday, was the highest since 1979, the European Parliament said on Twitter.

Frans Timmermans
May 27 '19 08:31

The results of the European Parliament elections are in, with most of the votes counted. Some parties, like the PvdA and FvD in the Netherlands, are celebrating major victories. Others, like the PVV and SP, are mourning defeats.

Geert Wilders
May 27 '19 07:41

Almost all the votes in the European Parliament elections have been counted. As exit polls predicted, the PvdA is the big winner in the Netherlands. While the exit polls said Labour would get five seats, the party now stands at six. Populist PVV and socialists SP walk away with no seats, RTL Nieuws reports. 

Schiphol passengers train tickets
May 26 '19 16:21

Trains must continue to take passengers to and from Schiphol Airport during a national public transit strike scheduled for Tuesday, a court in the Netherlands ruled on Sunday. Though buses, subways and trams will grind to a halt, the transportation unions were ordered to ensure that at least four trains per hour will run each way between Amsterdam Centraal and Schiphol.

Theresa May
May 24 '19 12:21

Theresa May is stepping down as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and  leader of the Conservative Party. At a press conference on Friday, May said that her decision to resign was made with the country's best interests in mind. May will step down as leader of the Conservative Party on June 7th. She will continue as Prime Minister until the party chose her successor. It is now up to her successor to finalize the UK's departure from the European Union, she said.  

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May 24 '19 10:20

Action group Kick Out Zwarte Piet filed a complaint for being listed as a terrorist group in the Netherlands' Terrorism Threat Assessment for the year 2017. But according to the national coordinator for counter-terrorism and security NCTV, this is a "misunderstanding" and the group is not seen as a terrorist organization, NU.nl reports.

Thierry Baudet
May 24 '19 09:34

The relatives of the victims killed in the MH17 disaster were shocked by statements made by FvD leader Thierry Baudet in his debate with VVD leader Mark Rutte on Wednesday. Baudet questioned the independence of the Joint Investigation Team's investigation into the downing of the plane. He also said that Ukraine may be behind the attack.

Ballot box in front of the European Union flag
May 24 '19 08:24

Problems at polling stations in the United Kingdom resulted in non-English EU citizens, including many Dutch, being unable to vote in the European Parliament elections on Thursday. Local media blame the haste in which the elections were organized - the UK had to quickly organize elections when the Brexit was postponed until after the European elections

Geert Wilders casts his vote for the European Parliament elections, 23 May 2019
May 24 '19 07:53

PVV leader Geert Wilders is disappointed by the exit polls results for the European Parliament elections. His anti-EU party received 4.1 percent of the votes, compared to 13.3 percent in the previous European elections. That means that his PVV will lose three of its four seats.

Flags of Netherlands and Europe
May 23 '19 22:48

There was faltering support for the Netherlands to withdraw from the European Union, according to a survey of voters and non-voters in the Netherlands during the 2019 European Parliamentary elections. The poll, conducted by Ipsos for broadcaster NOS, also showed several nationalist issues falling out of favor with the Dutch public.

Voters arrive in Amsterdam Oost for the 2019 elections
May 23 '19 21:51

Voter turnout in the Netherlands was trending higher for the 2019 European Parliamentary elections in comparison to five years ago, with 41.2 percent of eligible voters casting a ballot on Thursday. In the last European elections, some 37.3 percent of voters went to the polls, according to exit polling by Ipsos and NOS.

This is still below the EU average of 42.6 percent voter turnout. Voter turnout in the Netherlands hovered around 37 percent in both 2010 and 2014. 

Ballot box in front of the European Union flag
May 23 '19 21:05

The PvdA, Labour party in the Netherlands, was the big winner in the elections held in the Netherlands to determine the country's representation in the European Parliament, according to an exit poll by Ipsos for broadcaster NOS. With a European contingent headed by popular European Commissioner Frans Timmermans, the Labour party is expected to hold five seats of the 26 up for grabs on Thursday night. That would equate to an increase of two seats, with the exit poll carrying a two-percent margin of error equating to one seat in parliament.

The Africa scene in the Carnaval Festival ride at Efteling was renovated to remove racial stereoytypes, 23 May 2019
May 23 '19 18:00

Originally unveiled in the mid-eighties, the Carnaval Festival ride at Efteling has undergone a renovation meant to tackle the racial stereotypes on display. The Dutch theme park spent three million euros to also install new lighting and give the 35-year-old attraction a fresh coat of paint.

Mark Rutte takes a selfie after voting in the European Parliament elections at a polling station in The Hague, 23 May 2019
May 23 '19 14:00

Many Dutch politicians showed up to cast their votes in the European Parliament elections at polling stations throughout the Netherlands on Thursday. Prime Minister Mark Rutte voted at a primary school in The Hague that he used to attend. GroenLinks leader Jesse Klaver showed up to vote with his newborn strapped to his chest. FvD leader voted at the Posthoorn church in Amsterdam. And PVV leader Geert Wilders voted in Duindorp in The Hague.

Fake news
May 23 '19 12:20

"Most of the fake news that Dutch people come across online comes from our own country", Peter Bruger, a researcher at Leiden University, said to newspaper Trouw based on his research.

An Amsterdam polling station for the European Parliament elections, 23 May 2019
May 23 '19 11:30

At 10:30 a.m. the turnout for the European Parliament elections in the Netherlands stood at 7 percent. That is just under the initial turnouts for the previous two European Parliament elections - in 2014 the first turnout was 8 percent, and in 2009 it was 9 percent, NOS reports.

Mark Rutte
May 23 '19 08:28

The leaders of right-wing VVD and far-right FvD debated each other in the Rode Hoed in Amsterdam on Wednesday evening, the eve of the European Parliament elections in the Netherlands on Thursday. The sometimes fierce debate ranged from topics like leaving the euro to FvD leader Thierry Baudet's stance on women and the last time VVD leader Mark Rutte shed a tear. Baudet accused Rutte of "fear mongering" and Rutte called Baudet a "Russia lover", RTL Nieuws reports.

People in line at an Amsterdam polling station to vote in the European Parliament elections, 23 May 2019
May 23 '19 07:40

The first polling stations for the European elections in the Netherlands are open. The first votes have already been cast in Castricum, traditionally the first polling station to open in elections held in the Nehterlands. There voters can cast their vote from midnight, NU.nl reports.

Ballot box and EU flag
May 22 '19 12:40

This week residents of the European Union will vote for the European Parliament. The elections are held over several days throughout the EU, starting in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom on Thursday.

Mark Harbers
May 22 '19 08:04

Mark Harbers resigned as State Secretary for Justice and Security on Tuesday evening. The VVD State Secretary, who is responsible for asylum, stepped down after it became known that his Ministry deliberately reported incomplete figures on crimes committed by asylum seekers in a report.

Pieter Heerma
May 21 '19 11:31

Pieter Heerma was appointed to fulfill the position of CDA party chairman in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament. He is succeeding Sybrand Buma, who will be taking a new post as the mayor of Leeuwarden in the summer, NOS reports

Immediately after his appointment, Heerma said that he has no ambition to become party leader. "I am not here from a huge personal ambition, but mainly from a sense of duty", Heerma said.

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