Politics

Family runs from cheetahs after getting out of their car in Beekse Bergen
May 11 '18 15:00

Dutch parliamentarians are flabbergasted by an incident in safari park Beekse Bergen in Hilarenbeek this weekend. A French family, including a young child, got out of their car to take photos of sunbathing cheetahs and Another visitor to the park filmed the incident and posted it on YouTube.

Underground high voltage cables
May 11 '18 09:38

At least dozens of Dutch homes are located too close to underground high-voltage cables, RTL Nieuws reports based on its own research. The Dutch Health Council has indications that children who live close to these cables have a higher risk of leukemia.

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May 10 '18 08:52

Anti-Islam movement Pegida is planing to roast pigs on the spit in front of five mosques during Ramadan. The action is planned for mosques in Arnhem, Gouda, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague, during the evening prayer, AD reports.

May 10 '18 07:53

The Dutch government will not take any concrete measures to help Air France-KLM cope with the unrest on the French side of the airline, Minister Wopke Hoekstra of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister Hugo de Jonge both said, in different words, on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.

Geert Wilders surrounded by bodyguards, Spijkenesse Feb 2017
May 9 '18 16:00

The court in The Hague will start the next week Thursday. Eleven days were set aside for the trial, which will be held in the high security court at Schiphol, RTL Nieuws reports. 

Robert Mueller
May 9 '18 08:04

Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwaan turned himself in on Monday to serve a 30 day long prison sentence he got for lying to the FBI in Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia. Van der Zwaan is the first person to be sentenced in this investigation, Politico reports.

Van der Zwaan reported to a low-security facility in Pennsylvania. He is set to be released on June 4th, according to the newspaper. 

Donald Trump
May 9 '18 07:46

Donald Trump withdrew the United States from an agreement with Iran that limits the Middle Eastern country's nuclear program in exchange for sanction relief. Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs calls this decision bad news for Dutch and European safety.

Mark Rutte, January 2016
May 8 '18 11:50

Dutch banks and insurers will soon place all prominent politicians and their immediate families under stricter supervision in an effort to prevent bribery, fraud and support to terrorists. Financial institutions will receive the instruction to keep a closer eye on the Netherlands' rulers this summer, newspaper AD reports.

Any transactions that raise suspicions of, for example, money laundering or taking bribes must be immediately reported to the Financial Intelligence Unit Nederland, which falls under the National Police.

Camp Vught
May 4 '18 14:10

The Dutch government is giving the former WWII concentration camps in Amersfoort and Vught each a once-off amount of 1 million euros for expansion and education, State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health, Welfare and Sports announced, NOS reports.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima at the National Commemoration on Amsterdam's Dam Square, Remembrance Day 2014
May 4 '18 10:11

Today is Remembrance Day in the Netherlands - a day on which the atrocities of World War II are remembered and the victims are commemorated.

The National Commemoration will happen on Dam Square in Amsterdam on Friday evening. King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and Prime Minister Mark Rutte will attend this commemoration, NU.nl reports.

Geen 4 Mei Voor Mij
May 4 '18 07:45

The court in Amsterdam banned a planned noise protest during the National Commemoration of World War II victims on Amsterdam's Dam Square on Friday, Remembrance Day.

Interim Amsterdam mayor Jozias van Aartsen also banned the noise protest by action group Geen 4 mei voor mij. Initiator Rogier Meijerink hoped that the court would overturn this ban. But the court ruled against him, RTL Nieuws reports.

Amsterdam Centrum
May 3 '18 16:50

Amsterdam alderman Pieter Litjen's (VVD) plan t was met by confusion and outrage from national politicians. The national VVD is also morally opposed to this plan, AD reports.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima at the National Commemoration on Amsterdam's Dam Square, Remembrance Day 2014
May 3 '18 08:35

The Amsterdam municipality and police are taking into account that there may be counter-actions to a noise protest during the National Commemoration of World War II victims on Dam Square on Friday. Both members of the Moluccan community and veterans are furious that action group Geen 4 mei voor mij is planning to disrupt the commemoration, according to the Telegraaf.

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May 2 '18 08:53

A member of Groningen student association was assaulted by two other members of the student association in December last year. Vindicat failed to report this incident to the relevant authorities, as they are obliged to do under the new hazing code. This new incident was massively met with disgust and calls for sanctions against the student association.

Crates of ammunition in a bunker at Defense ammunition complex Veenhuizen
May 2 '18 08:01

Ministry of Defense employees and people living around Defense ammunition sites were in unnecessary danger for years because the safety of ammunition depots was not in order, the Volkskrant reports based on internal documents from Defense and the Inspectorate of Social Affairs and Employment.

The newspaper got hold of these documents through the Freedom of Information Act.

Pauline Krikke
Apr 30 '18 11:20

Mayor Pauline Krikke of The Hague wants a new law that will make the state and municipalities cooperate better together to stop undesirable influencing that comes with, she said to Nieuwsuur.

Asylum seekers
Apr 30 '18 10:00

The situation in Afghanistan is still very dangerous, and people sent back to the country run the risk of being kidnapped, tortured and killed, according to 10 aid organizations. They call on the Dutch government to stop deporting asylum seekers back to the country, RTL Nieuws reports.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima with their daughters (left to right) Ariane, Alexia and Amalia, March 2018
Apr 27 '18 10:30

Government information service Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst released new photos of King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and their three daughters to mark the occasion of Willem-Alexander being King of the Netherlands for five years. 

Willem-Alexander took the throne on April 30th, 2013. 

The photos were taken in the Royal Palace in Amsterdam by Erwin Olaf in March.

 

Ferdinand Grapperhaus
Apr 27 '18 08:38

Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security calls a noise protest during the national commemoration of World War II victims on Amsterdam's Dam square "completely wrong", Het Parool reports. 

King Willem-Alexander, 2017
Apr 26 '18 15:40

King Willem-Alexander is still popular among the Dutch population. The Dutch gave him a score of 7.8 in a survey among 1,078 people by DVJ insights, on behalf of RTL Nieuws.

The Dutch King scored well among his population almost since the moment he took the throne in 2013. In 2014 the Dutch population gave him a score of 7.6. Monday is the fifth anniversary of Willem-Alexander taking the throne of the Netherlands. 88.4 percent of Dutch think that Willem-Alexander grew as king over the past years. 

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Apr 26 '18 08:20

The entire opposition, with the exception of the SGP, supported a motion of censure against Prime Minister Mark Rutte in a parliamentary debate about secret memos surrounding the Rutte III government's decision to abolish dividend tax, NU.nl reports.

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Apr 25 '18 13:10

A noise demonstration during the national commemoration of World War II victims in Amsterdam on May 4th is disrespectful and can be punishable, interim Amsterdam Mayor Jozias van Aartsen said on Wednesday morning. He warned action group Geen 4 mei voor mij not to go through with the demonstration, Het Parool reports.

Mark Rutte
Apr 25 '18 09:37

Officials from the Ministry of Finance expressed serious doubts about the abolition of the dividend tax during the Rutte III government formation, according to that the government released under pressure on Tuesday, AD reports.

OPWC headquarters in The Hague
Apr 25 '18 07:34

Russia plans to bring 17 Syrian people, who were seen on footage of a, to the Netherlands. These people seen dying in the footage are alive and well, and in this way Russia wants to "unmask" the "unforgivable lies" over the incident, Alexander Shulgin, Russian ambassador to the OPWC, said to British news sender ITV News.

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