The Cabinet wants to introduce a limited burqa ban which would make the face covering forbidden in public transport, education, healthcare and government buildings. The council of ministers will soon discuss this proposal put forward by Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs, sources close to the proposal told RTL Nieuws.
Two elementary schools in Amsterdam Zuid, each with predominately darker-skinned students, are planning to send their pupils on the streets of Amsterdam wearing bright white t-shirts with the slogan, "Is this white enough for you?" written on them. The blunt message is meant to raise awareness for the schools, while encouraging more white parents to enroll their children at the two locations.
One of the suspects in the Valkenburg hotel underage prostitution case was, until recently, a group leader of youth welfare institution Icarus en Keerpunt in Cadier en Keer, Limburg, according to AD. He was fired instantly by his supervisor after admitting he had a sexual relationship with the 16-year-old, the youth institution's spokesperson said on Thursday.
A man wearing nothing but his underwear and a sun visor drove through Amsterdam city center in a bumper car on Wednesday, amusing and confusing many area residents. After broadcaster AT5 posted pictures of the man on social media it sparked a lively conversation about the driver's identity and motives, with newspaper Parool eventually revealing it as a publicity stunt by local garment company A-Dam Underwear.
The consequences of global warming are already felt by businesses. Annually climate change costs Unilever 400 million euros, according to the company's CEO Paul Polman.
The majority of the Dutch population say they are satisfied with their lives. Even though two-thirds of the population are satisfied with their earnings or savings, six out of ten still worry about their personal financial future, according to Statistics Netherlands' (CBS) research published on Thursday.
Currently, employers have to pay their workers when they take medical leave because of an injury they get outside of their job. This should not be the financial responsibility of employers, argues the VVD, but rather employees should purchase insurance to cover them in case of an accident.
The Netherlands Council of Ministers is expected to make a decision on whether or not to push forward with a sell-off of state-owned bank ABN Amro, sources inside parliament told newswire ANP. The government was supposed to make a decision about the sale two months ago, but it was sidetracked when the bank's executive board offered themselves a salary hike, causing a public uproar.
The government is planning to invest 25 million euros in training teachers in giving music lessons at schools. The money is coming from the Ministry of Education over the period of the following five years, reports AD.
The number of people in employment in February-April increased by an average of two thousand a month, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS). Growth in employment was most noticeable among the youth and those aged 45 and above.
Socialist Party MP Jasper van Dijk presented a memorandum on Thursday with 30 proposals for reforming university education in the Netherlands. The plan comes in response to the occupation of Maagdenhuis, which was a "wake-up call for universities, but also politically."
Multicultural students, students with at least one parent of a non-Dutch background, are discriminated against during their internship.