Politics

Texting while driving
Jun 15 '18 08:41

Tjeerd Herrema resigned as PvdA alderman in Almere on Thursday after being accused of sexual harassment. An external investigation is ongoing into these accusations, but Herrema decided not to await the outcome of this investigation, NOS reports.

Geert Wilders surrounded by bodyguards, Spijkenesse Feb 2017
Jun 13 '18 15:00

PVV leader Geert Wilders is allowed to organize a Mohammed-cartoon competition in the Tweede Kamer building. The Dutch coordinator for counter-terrorism and security NCTV sees no safety risks because the exhibition will be held in the PVV chambers, which are highly secured and private, a spokesperson for the NCTV confirmed  to RTL Nieuws.

"The NCTV has informed the Tweede Kamer [the lower house of Dutch parliament] that it has no objection to the exhibition from a safety point of view", the spokesperson said.

Mark Rutte, January 2016
Jun 13 '18 14:20

According to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, unity within the European Union is more important than ever in this time when international relations and alliances can no longer be counted on. The EU countries must remain united and not let themselves be played against each other, was Rutte's main message in his speech in the European Parliament on Wednesday. "Unity is the basis of our strength", Rutte said, NU.nl reports. 

Geldersekade 15 in Amsterdam
Jun 13 '18 13:00

Four national monuments in Amsterdam are receiving a total of over a million euros from the Dutch government for restoration and major maintenance. In total the government is giving 34 million euros extra for the restoration of national monuments, windmills and mobile heritage, Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven of Education, Culture and Science announced, Het Parol reports.

Woman wearing a burqa
Jun 13 '18 11:40

A majority in the Eerste Kamer, the Dutch Senate, is in favor of a partial ban on wearing face-covering clothing. During a debate in the Senate, the VVD, CDA, PVV, ChristenUnie and SGP supported a legislative proposal for such a ban. The D66, SP, PvdA and GroenLinks are against it, NOS reports.

Camp Castor near Gao in Mali, where Dutch soldiers are on mission
Jun 13 '18 08:00

The government plans to put an end to the Netherlands' contribution to the the UN military mission in Mali, sources told RTL Nieuws. There are currently 250 Dutch soldiers in the African country.

Ferdinand Grapperhaus
Jun 13 '18 07:35

Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security started procedures to revoke the Dutch citizenships of suspected terrorists, he said in parliament on Tuesday. How many suspects are involved, or who they are, he refused to say, AD reports.

Previously the Minister announced that two brothers convicted of terrorism would lose their Dutch passports. This time is different, because it involves suspects against whom criminal cases are still ongoing - they have not been convicted yet. 

Halbe Zijlstra
Jun 12 '18 16:20

Halbe Zijlstra, former VVD Minister of Foreign Affairs, is a candidate for a top position at the World Bank. Prime Minister Mark Rutte is an enthusiastic advocate for Zijlstra's nomination, but not everyone in the government agrees, insiders told RTL Nieuws.

Zijlstra is nominated to become a an administrator at the World Bank, the important UN organization that provides loans to developing countries, according to the broadcaster. Former State Secretary Frank Heemskerk, the man currently holding the position, is stepping down this summer. 

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Jun 11 '18 11:10

The new Zaanstad city council wants to take advantage of Amsterdam's popularity among tourists and the of visitors, according to the Zaandstad coalition agreement presented on Sunday, AT5 reports.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima
Jun 11 '18 10:30

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima are grateful for all the expressions of support and sympathy they received after the , the Dutch King said upon arrival in Riga on Sunday evening. On Monday morning the King starts his state visits to the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, the Telegraaf reports.

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Jun 11 '18 09:47

Freedom of speech means that everyone must be able to express their opinion, whatever it may be, Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb said at a neighborhood Iftar on Sunday. "No matter how poisonous the message may be, it must be able to be expressed", he said in reaction to him allowing a Pegida pork roasting demonstration at the Laleli mosque in Rotterdam-Zuid last week, ANP reports.

Police
Jun 11 '18 08:43

The police broke up a student protest at the University of Amsterdam on Friday night. According to the students, the police used batons, pepper spray and police dogs on them and several students sustained injuries. GroenLinks parliamentarian Zihni Ozdil wants an explanation from Education Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven, Het Parool reports. 

Tweede Kamer
Jun 8 '18 13:50

A legislative proposal by PVV parliamentarians Sietse Fritsma and Machiel de Graaf to send criminal Antilleans back to Aruba, Curacao or Sint Maarten got no support from other parties in parliament. "This is not possible and we should also not want this", CDA parliamentarian Madeleine van Toorenburg said in a debate in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, NOS reports.

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Jun 8 '18 13:00

On Thursday opposition parties in parliament insisted that Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs reverses his decision to postpone the reinforcement of 1,588 homes in the province of Groningen, NU.nl reports.

Pegida T shirt
Jun 8 '18 10:10

About 20 supporters of anti-Islam movement Pegida decided at the last minute not to hold a demonstrative barbecue in front of the Laleli Mosque in Rotterdam on Thursday. According to Pegida, the police said that their safety couldn't be guaranteed. According to the police, they said no such thing and the group decided on its own to leave, NU.nl reports.

A spokesperson for Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb told the newspaper that Pegida "made the decision not to let the demonstration go on itself, when they saw the crowd." 

A child walks near members of the Muslim community attending midday prayers at Strasbourg Grand Mosque in Strasbourg, France
Jun 8 '18 09:26

Over the past ten years Dutch Muslims' faith became increasingly important to them, according to a study by social and cultural planning office SCP. The researchers attribute this partly to increased tensions between Muslims and non-Muslims and the feeling of exclusion that stems from that, NOS reports.

Milieudefensie and Groningen residents dump fracking earthquake rubble in front of the Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Hague, 26 Oct 2017
Jun 7 '18 14:50

Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs thinks that gas extraction in Groningen could be reduced to below 12 billion cubic meters by 2020, he wrote in a letter to parliament. Though he added that he can not guarantee this as the effect of a number of planned measures is not yet certain, RTL Nieuws reports.

Mark Rutte, January 2016
Jun 7 '18 14:10

A video of Prime Minister Mark Rutte cleaning up coffee he spilled as the cleaners watch, is being shared worldwide. The video was first shown in Arab media, but has now also spread to various countries in Europe, the United States and India, NOS rpeorts.

On Monday Rutte dropped his cup of coffee when he arrived at the coalition council in The Hague. Instead of leaving the mess to the cleaning ladies, he took the mop himself and cleaned up the coffee. This was recorded by a NOS cameraman.

Jun 7 '18 09:26

Rotterdam is allowed to ban petrol cars made before 1 July 1992 from the environmental zone in the city center, the Council of State ruled on Wednesday, overturning a previous court ruling, NU.nl reports.

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Jun 7 '18 08:54

Turkey fiercely criticized Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb for allowing anti-Islam movement Pegida to on Thursday evening. On Twitter Omer Celik, the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, called the decision to allow this protest "immoral". 

Ian Kershaw
Jun 6 '18 16:50

British historian Sir Ian Kershaw, internationally renowned for his research on Adolf Hitler and Nazi Geremany, will be one of the participants of festival Crossing Border in The Hague this autumn, NU.nl reports.

The emeritus professor of modern history at the University of Sheffield will be interviewed in public about his latest book Roller Coaster. The book discusses post-war Europe from 1950 to 2017. Roller Coaster will be published in Dutch in August.

Crossing Border is happening from October 30th to November 4th this year. 

Rob Oudkerk
Jun 6 '18 15:30

Rob Oudkerk published his application letter for the post of mayor of Amsterdam. "Amsterdammers have the right to know who wants to hold this office and why", the former Amsterdam alderman, who was forced to resign in 2004 because of prostitution visits, said in the letter published in Het Parool on Wednesday.

Mark Rutte
Jun 6 '18 10:10

Prime Minister Mark Rutte will pay a visit to United States president Donald Trump early next month at the invitation of the White House, sources told the Telegraaf.

After some time looking for a gap in the agenda for Rutte and Trump to meet, the meeting was tentatively scheduled for July 2nd, according to the newspaper. Rutte and Trump have spoken before, over the telephone and in the margins of a NATO summit in Hamburg, but this will be their first official meeting.

Rik Grashoff
Jun 6 '18 07:52

GroenLinks party chairman Marjolein Meijer and parliamentarian Rik Grashoff resigned with immediate effect on Tuesday after acknowledging that they lied about when they started a secret relationship with one another, ANP reports.

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