31 mayors of larger Dutch cities are calling on the Senate not to remove the appointment of mayors from the Dutch constitution, and to keep the procedure as is. Removing the appointment procedure from the constitution is the first step in enabling an elected mayor. The mayors are worried that this will result in them losing their connecting role as "father or mother for all residents, businesses and institutions", they wrote in an open letter to the Senate, the Volkskrant reports.
The Netherlands has approximately 500 jihadists and several thousand sympathizers of jihadist ideology, general intelligence service AIVD said in a report published on Monday. "They pose a potential threat. The threshold for committing an attack in the name of Islamic State or Al Qaeda seems to have decreased", the AIVD said, NU.nl reports.
Dutch society has been pressured by the revival of right-wing extremism over the past years, the National Coordinator for Counter-terrorism and Security said in a new report published on Monday. The Coordinator looked into right-wing extremist violence in Western Europe and the historical and international context of right-wing extremism in the Netherlands, NU.nl reports.
At least 40 thousand tourists have been affected by TravelBird's money problems, the majority of them are Dutch, according to guarantee fund SGR. The Amsterdam based travel agency filed for deferment of payment last week, newspaper AD reports.
A 23-year-old man from Dordrecth was stabbed to death in Breda during the early hours of Sunday morning. A 36-year-old man from Breda was arrested. The police believe the victim was a completely random target, based on witness statements and camera footage of the incident, NOS reports.
The incident happened on Adriaan van Bergenstraat at around 4:00 a.m. on Sunday. Responding officers found the young man bleeding heavily on the street. He was rushed to hospital, where he died a short time later.
A person was seriously injured in a "conflict" in a building on Burgemeester van Walsumlaan in Zwolle early on Monday morning, the police said on Twitter. The incident happened in a Salvation Army building, according to news wire ANP.
The victim was rushed to hospital with unknown injuries. A suspect was arrested, the police said.
Exactly what happened is not yet clear. The police are investigating.
A 66-year-old Dutch man was arrested in Kenya for sexually assaulting multiple underage girls in the African country. Hans V. is accused of "defiling" three girls, aged 8, 9, and 10 years, in 2016, the Kenyan police said on Twitter.
According to the police, V. was arrested in Kasarani by detectives from the Child Protection Unit on Thursday. He will appear in court on Friday.
The reason that hand grenades are increasingly used as threats in Amsterdam, is because they are cheap and relatively easy to come by, according to Amsterdam Police Chief Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg. The grenades regularly found in Amsterdam mainly come from Yugoslavia and Russia, and can be bought on the black market or dark web for as little as 5 to 20 euros each, he said to AT5.
Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure did not know which types of Stint cargo bikes were on the public road until she temporarily banned the vehicles following a fatal accident in Oss. "If you find that there is no supervision, then I can only confirm that", she said in a parliamentary debate on Thursday evening, NU.nl reports.
Alderman Jan Zwiers of the municipality of Coevorden in Drenthe was assaulted by a resident of a caravan camp in the village of Steenwijksmoer on Wednesday. The alderman walked away with a black eye, broken glasses and torn pants, RTL Nieuws reports.
Zwiers visited Steenwijksmoer to talk to residents of the village about the caravan camp. The residents complained that residents of the camp create a lot of waste. The alderman also wanted to talk to the people living in the camp. Once there, he was attacked by the man.
The police searched part of the Delft University of Applied Sciences on Wednesday after a report of a man with a firearm. No firearm was found and no one was arrested, NU.nl reports.
Police officers in bulletproof vests responded to TU Delft in large numbers.
The building searched belonged ot the faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering.
On Thursday morning the police found a body while searching for missing 79-year-old Mona Baartsman in Heinenoord, Zuid-Holland, the police said on Twitter. Whether the body is that of the missing woman, is still under investigation.
A large fire is raging at recycling company Talen Afvalrecycling in Meppel on Thursday morning. The residents of 10 nearby houseboats were evacuated and are currently accommodated in the fire station, NOS reports.
Firefighters are having great difficulty extinguishing the fire, which is raging in several piles of waste, including a pile of wood. The fire brigade is currently trying to isolate the fire in the wood pile so that it can burn out in a controlled manner and not spread any further, a spokesperson for local safety office Veilgheidsregio Drenthe said to NOS.
The police again discovered a hand grenade on Bijlmerplein in Amsterdam Zuidoost. The explosive was found around 3:00 a.m. on Thursday, in the same spot where another grenade was found last week, according to AT5.
Defense's explosive removal department went to collect the object and took it away for further investigation, NU.nl reports. They concluded that it was indeed a hand grenade, and then dismantled the explosive.
Multiple Amsterdam businesses received an email threatening them with hand grenades or shootings if they do not pay 50 thousand euros in bitcoins to the sender. The police confirmed that multiple reports of this email have been received and they are investigating, AT5 reports.
The email, which is in the possession of AT5, was sent to at least three coffeeshops and Club ABE on Amstelstraat since May this year. The writer refers to the municipality of Amsterdam's policy to close businesses after a shooting or an explosive was found there.
Minister Carola Schouten of Agriculture wants to use a "light form" of genetic modification as part of her efforts to make agriculture in the Netherlands more sustainable. She is currently working with companies, farmers and Wageningen University to investigate the possibilities for experimenting with the so-called CRISPR-Cas method. She will send parliament a letter about their progress in the coming weeks, she said to the Volkskrant.
NS is critical about the increase of the low VAT rate, which also covers train tickets, from 6 to 9 percent. According to the rail company, this will make public transport more expensive compared to the car, and NS worries that more people will opt for the car instead, NOS reports.
The price for train tickets and subscriptions will increase on January 1st. According to NS, the increase is mainly due to the VAT increase.
A large fire broke out in covered shopping passage Proosdijpassage in the heart of Deventer on Wednesday morning. Multiple apartments were evacuated and five people were taken to hospital, four for smoke inhalation, the fifth with a broken leg, AD reports.
The fire broke out around 2:40 a.m. in the shopping passage between Lange Bisschopstraat and Strommarkt. Fire brigades from a wide area responded, due to the vulnerability of the inner city. When they arrived, the entire ceiling of the passage was already on fire.
Morning rush hour is expected to be a doozy on Tuesday. The wet autumn weather is expected to cause many traffic jams, according to both Rijkswaterstaat and ANWB, RTL Nieuws reports.
Rijkswaterstaat expects a traffic jam peak of over 300 kilometers on the Dutch highways this morning. By 7:00 a.m. there were already 90 kilometers of traffic jams on the highway, the Public Works department reported.
A cyclist was killed by a falling tree on Hakvoortseweg in Hilvarenbeek on Monday afternoon, the police said in a statement.
The accident happened around 1:20 p.m. during pruning work, according to the police. The man was cycling by when a tree fell on him. Emergency services tried to resuscitate him, but it was to no avail. He died at the scene.
The Inspectorate for Social Affairs and Employment was informed about the accident, the police said.
An hours long search for a missing boy on the IJsselmeer had a happy ending on Monday night. The 13-year-old from Urk was found alive and well on Houtribdijk near IJsselmeer, the Coast Guard said on Twitter.
The boy took a sloop onto the IJsselmeer from Urk early on Monday evening, according to NU.nl. When he did not return home, a large search involving a helicopter and multiple lifeboats from rescue organization KNRM was launched. The coast guard, a few fishing cutters, the fire brigade and the police also helped in the search.
A Dutch man was shot dead in the center of the Spanish resort of Torremolinos on Saturday evening. The victim is drug criminal Hamza Z., considered one of the main players in the drug war in Utrecht and surroundings, the Telegraaf reports.
The man was dining in a restaurant near the beach when a masked man entered the establishment and shot the Dutch man in the head and upper body. He died in hospital. The perpetrator fled in a white van. Witnesses told local media that the entire assassination took no more than two minutes.
The police are looking for 16-year-old Danielle from Groningen. The teenage girl has been missing since Friday. She was last seen in Arnhem, according to the police.
Danielle is 1.8 meters tall with strawberry blonde hair and green-brown eyes. She was last seen wearing black sneakers, black skinny jeans and a black winter jacket with a hood.
The police call on anyone with information about her whereabouts to come forward.
A 32-year-old man was killed in a shooting in the Rotterdam district of Katendrecht, in the south of the city, on Sunday. Exactly what happened is not yet clear.
A person was arrested shortly after the incident on Rechthuislaan, but was later released because he was not involved in the shooting, the Rotterdam police said on Twitter.
The police believe the gunman fled on the back of a scooter. A burning scooter was found on Schulpweg. Whether it was used in the shooting, is under investigation.