Politics

Police officers
Sep 6 '19 16:40

While not all the violent incidents in Amsterdam Zuidoost over the past weeks can be linked, there is a common thread, Amsterdam police chief Frank Paauw and mayor Femke Halsema said in a city council debate on Thursday. More than conventional measures will be needed to tackle the violence in the district, Halsema said, Het Parool reports.

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Sep 6 '19 16:00

PvdA leader Lodewijk Asscher lashed out at PVV leader Geert Wilders and FvD leader Thierry Baudet on Facebook. He accused the far right leaders of "playing poker with our securities", like British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is doing with the Brexit, AD reports.

Dutch flags on Liberation Day
Sep 6 '19 15:10

The Netherlands could get a new annual national day off to honor Liberation Day, politician Paul Blokhuis said on Friday. The second-in-command at the Ministry for Health, Welfare and Sports said he would not stand in the way should such policy be introduced.

“There is a lot to be said for [the holiday]. I am the last person to oppose this,” he told radio program 1 op 1.

Robert Mugabe
Sep 6 '19 11:50

Robert Mugabe, the former president of Zimbabwe, died at age 95 on Friday, the current president Emmerson Mnangagwa confirmed on Twitter. Dutch Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs remembers Mugabe with "very mixed feelings", he said in a response. Mugabe played a major role in the independence of Zimbabwe, Blok said. But then he was also responsible for a "very questionable human rights regime", Dagblad van het Noorden reports.

Mark Rutte
Sep 5 '19 12:40

Prime Minister Mark Rutte lashed out at PVV parliamentarian Raymond de Roon over a sexist remark he made during a parliamentary debate on top European appointments on Thursday. While discussing the appointment of German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen as president of the European Commission, De Roon spoke of "a ladies' circle" and Rutte could not contain his irritation, AD reports.

MH17
Sep 5 '19 11:45

The court of appeal in Kiev, Ukraine decided to release Vladimir Tsemach from custody, Ukrainian news agency Interfax-Ukraine reports. Tsemach was a commander for the self proclaimed pro-Russian Donetsk People's Republic. The Public Prosecution Service in the Netherlands wants to question him in connection with the downing of flight MH17. 

Geert Wilders surrounded by bodyguards, Spijkenesse Feb 2017
Sep 5 '19 10:17

The appeal in the hate speech trial against PVV leader Geert Wilders will continue as planned, The Hague court of appeal said on Thursday. The court will not decide whether the Public Prosecution Service was justified in prosecuting the PVV leader and whether there was political interference in the decision until the final ruling in the hate speech case, the court said, NU.nl reports.

Geert Wilders
Sep 3 '19 18:10

As the appeal in the hate speech case against PVV leader Geert Wilders continued in the high security court at Schiphol on Tuesday, his lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops demanded that the case be declared inadmissible due to political interference in the decision to prosecute, NOS reports. The prosecutor denied that any interference occurred, and pressed for the case to move forward as scheduled.

Prince Harry
Sep 3 '19 13:30

Prince Harry visited Amsterdam on Tuesday morning to launch a new project focused on sustainable tourism at the A'DAM tower. 

The British Prince has been working on this project for over two years, collaborating with companies like Booking.com, SkyScanner, CTrip, TripAdvisor and Visa. The project is intended to better protect tourist destinations, Dagblad van het Noorden reports.

This is the second time this year Harry visited the Netherlands. In May, he went to The Hague to launch the Invictus Games, which will take place in the city next year. 

Student loan application
Sep 3 '19 11:00

The PvdA also wants to get rid of the student loan system and reintroduce the basic study grant, joining the call of Coalitie-Y - an initiative of the ChristenUnie and youth organization who want to take measures to give more certainty to the next generation of young people. A vast majority in parliament now supports this plan, NU.nl reports.

Cracked wall with the Iranian flag and a bio-hazard sign painted on it
Sep 3 '19 08:18

The Netherlands played a crucial role in sabotaging Iran's nuclear program in 2007. An agent from Dutch general intelligence service AIVD infiltrated the atomic complex at Natanz and spread a devastating digital virus that delayed the nuclear program for years, the Volkskrant reports based on sources and its own investigation.

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Sep 2 '19 16:10

Russia wants the Ukraine to give possible MH17 key witness Vladimir Tsemach to them. Russia added the man to a list of prisoners the countries plan to exchange in the coming week, Het Parool reports based on reports from Ukrainian parliamentarian Mustafa Najem, editor of Ukrainian Tsenzor.net Yuri Bukusov, and independent Russian news site The Insider.

Thierry Baudet
Sep 2 '19 15:20

After populist party FvD's massive win in the Provincial States elections in March, Dutch voters are quickly losing confidence in party leader Thierry Baudet, according to the latest poll by Maurice de Hond. In April Baudet was in 7th place in the ranking of confidence in party leaders. Now he's dropped to 12th place, one spot below his main competitor for voters PVV leader Geert Wilders.

Donald Trump
Sep 2 '19 14:30

American president Donald Trump believes he has many fans in the Netherlands, according to the memoirs of Lonnie G. Bunch III. Bunch gave Trump a private tour in the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2017. The only reaction Trump had to the Dutch role in slave trade was: "You know, they love me in the Netherlands", Bunch wrote in his memoir, The Washington Post reports.

Pia Dijkstra
Sep 2 '19 12:00

Early next year coalition party D66 will submit a legislative proposal to make assisted suicide possible at the end of a "full" and "completed" life, parliamentarian Pia Dijkstra said in an interview with newspaper AD. The bill is a sensitive topic for Christian parties and coalition partners CDA and ChristenUnie, according to the newspaper.

Geert Wilders
Aug 30 '19 17:20

Former Justice Minsiter Ivo Opstelten and the Public Prosecution Service discussed the prosecution of PVV leader Geert Wilders for hate speech even before the Public Prosecution Service had made the decision to prosecute the nationalist politician, RTL Nieuws report based on a secret official document it received from the Ministry of Justice and Security. Wilders is furious and demands that the case against him be dropped 

White tulips
Aug 30 '19 16:30

The 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands at the end of World War 2 is still over eight months away, and on Friday, Prime Minister Mark Rutte was scheduled to honor Canadian war veteran Don White at the parliament complex in The Hague. The two met face-to-face in April at the Keukenhof where a new tulip was named in honor of the Canadian.

Paul Blokhuis
Aug 30 '19 14:50

The ChristenUnie's stance on same sex marriage - that it should not be allowed - is up for debate. ChristenUnie State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health said that he wanted to discuss this anti-gay marriage stance with his party in an interview with EO radio program Dit is de dag. "I would really like to have that conversation with the party, yes", he said, NOS reports.

Aug 30 '19 08:30

Dutch rail company NS will start discussions about a compensation scheme for the relatives of deported resistance fighters in the Second World War. The first meeting with representatives of this group is scheduled for October 3rd, Trouw reports.

Mahathir Mohamad
Aug 30 '19 07:42

The relatives of people killed in the MH17 disaster wrote a letter to Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday, asking him to stop "spreading doubts and divisions" and to stop making statements that are "contrary to the truth", NU.nl reports.

Police officers
Aug 29 '19 11:00

A report stating that Amsterdam is losing the fight against organized crime led to alarmed and shocked reactions from politicians in The Hague. Parliamentarians call on the government to invest more into combating this issue, the Telegraaf reports.

The report stated that the authorities have little insight into drug economy and -crime, that the police have basically given up the fight against drugs, and that the judiciary is failing to tackle real crime structures.

Rolling a joint
Aug 29 '19 08:10

The names of the ten municipalities that will participate in the Dutch government's experiment with regulated cannabis cultivation leaked on Wednesday evening. In addition to Breda, Tilburg and Almere, which were already known, the other municipalities are Groningen, Maastricht, Nijmegen, Arnhem, Zaanstad, Heerlen, and Hellevoetsluis, ANP reports. 

Theo van Gogh
Aug 28 '19 17:40

Minister Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs must reconsider her decision not to give a journalist access to tapped conversations around the murder of Theo van Gogh and the Hofstad group, the group to which Van Gogh's murderer Mohammed B. belonged, the Council of State ruled on Wednesday. According to the court, the Minister's explanation for why these conversations can not be released was not sufficiently substantiated.

Wijk aan Zee beach, North Sea
Aug 28 '19 13:30

A fun idea to say goodbye to the United Kingdom when they leave the European Union on October 31st with a beach party in Wijk aan Zee, now also has the support of the mayor of Beverwijk, the municipality that covers the coastal town, initiator Ron Toekook said. Over 12 thousand people have indicated that they will attend this sendoff, the Telegraaf reports.

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