The new Zaanstad city council wants to take advantage of Amsterdam's popularity among tourists and the measures the Dutch capital is taking to spread out the crowds of visitors, according to the Zaandstad coalition agreement presented on Sunday, AT5 reports.
Over two months after the municipal elections in March, Rotterdam still doesn't have a new city government. Coalition talks now started between the VVD, D66, GroenLinks, PvdA and ChristenUnie-SGP. Leefbaar Rotterdam, which came out as the biggest party in the city after the elections, is not part of the negotiations, NOS reports.
The six parties together have 23 seats on the municipal council, the smallest possible majority on a council with 45 seats. Previous negotiations stranded when GroenLinks, PvdA and D66 could not agree to forming a coalition with Leefbaar and VVD.
Dutch political parties just can't manage to get more diversity among their aldermen. In 2014 around 3 percent of the 1,500 aldermen in the Netherlands had a migration background. After the municipal elections in March this year, that percentage seemed to have dropped somewhat, Trouw reports based on its own research.
Over two thirds of the 335 municipalities that took part in the elections in March have now concluded their coalition negotiations and appointed their aldermen. According to Trouw, the percentage of aldermen with a migration background is now around 2 percent.
The new Amsterdam city government of GroenLinks, D66, PvdA and SP presented its coalition agreement on Thursday. "The coalition agreement is ambitious and will change things in the city", GroenLinks leader Rutger Groot Wassink said, according to Het Parool. "I always said: the city must become more sustainable, more honest and more democratic, and this agreement does that."
Below are the main plans in the new coalition agreement, Het Parool reports:
GroenLinks, D66, PvdA and SP successfully reached a coalition agreement for Amsterdam, D66 faction leader Reinier van Dantzig announced on Twitter. Amsterdam's new coalition will present their agreement on Thursday.
The negotiations happened in a "very good atmosphere", Van Dantzig said.
Sharon Dijksma is one of the new proposed aldermen for the PvdA in Amsterdam, the party announced. Should the coalition negotiations end successfully, she will handle the portfolio for traffic and transport, water and air quality, ANP reports.
Dijksma is currently a parliamentarian for the PvdA. In the previous government, she was first State Secretary of Economic Affairs and then State Secretary of Infrastructure and Environment.
The new Amsterdam college of mayor and aldermen will also be tough on tourism. The coalition negotiations between GroenLinks, D66, PvdA and SP are still ongoing, but the parties reached an agreement on their tourism plans, they announced on Wednesday morning, Het Parool reports.
Amsterdam is heading for a left-wing-progressive municipal council. GroenLinks, D66, PvdA and SP are starting negotiations on forming a coalition on Tuesday, Het Parool reports.
After the municipal elections, the proportion of woman in the city councils of the Netherlands' 70 largest municipalities increased from 28 percent to 34 percent, newspaper Trouw reports based on its own research.
Some municipalities, like Amsterdam and Heerhugowaard, now have an equal number of male and female councilors. In Heerenveen and Waddinxveen the municipal councils now consist of more women than men. Utrecht, Hilversum and Nieuwegein are very close to having the same number of women as men on the council.
If only young Dutch people had voted in the municipal elections and referendum on the new Intelligence and Security Law on Wednesday, the D66 would be the largest national party of the Netherlands with 9 percent of the votes. And the no-camp would be the convincing winners of the referendum with 63 percent of the votes, according to an analysis by broadcaster NOS based on figures from Ipsos.
The final municipal election results for Rotterdam are in, and they are mostly the same as the interim results. The only difference is that anti-Islam PVV lost one seat in the city council, and pro-diversity party DENK gained one. That shift is due to the distribution of residual seats, NOS reports.
Ugbaad Kilincci, the PvdA candidate city councilor who faced various racist remarks while campaigning on Saturday, will have a seat in the Emmen city council. She received 1,007 preference votes in the municipal elections on Wednesday, RTV Drenthe reports.
The final results for Amsterdam's municipal elections are in. GroenLinks is the biggest party in the city, with 10 city council seats. And four parties will enter the Amsterdam city council for the first time - newcomers DENK, Bij1 and FVD, and ChristenUnie, AT5 and Het Parool report.
The seats in Amsterdam's city council are divided as follows:
Parties in at least Maastricht, Venray, Beek, and Zeewolde demanded that the votes in the municipal elections on Wednesday be recounted, NU.nl reports.
In principle, votes are only recounted if mistakes were made or there is evidence of fraud. In all four these cases, parties want the votes recounted over the division of city council seats - the difference between two parties in each municipality is so minimal that an extra vote or two could mean an extra seat.
In Maastricht, the D66 is two votes short of an extra seat.
The municipal elections in the Netherlands on Wednesday had no significant problems, according to observers from the European Council who followed the elections critically. They do however see room for improvement, the Volkskrant reports.
One such improvement is for the Netherlands to draw up rules on the financing for local political parties. Such rules already exists on national level - parliamentary parties are obliged to publish all donations above 4,500 euros. But that does not apply to local parties and creates a concerning lack of transparency, according to the observers.
GroenLinks won big in the municipal elections and is now the largest party in cities like Amsterdam and Utrecht. With all votes in 325 out of 335 municipalities counted, it seems almost certain that the CDA will remain the biggest party in the Netherlands, RTL Nieuws reports.
Geert Wilders and his PVV won city council seats seats in each one of the 30 municipalities the party participated in during the municipal elections on Wednesday. In total the PVV currently stands on 74 seats, the Volkskrant reports.
During the previous municipal elections four years ago, the PVV only participated in two municipalities - Almere and The Hague. The party got fewer seats in those two municipalities this time around. In Almere the party dropped from nine to seven seats, and in The Hague from seven to two seats.
Due to delivery problems, many voters in Nijmegen received two voting passes and could therefore vote twice, Omroep Gelderland reports.
Around 400 voting passes were sent twice because there were problems with the delivery. The broadcaster decided to check whether people could vote with both received passes. Two people were sent to vote twice, and in both cases they could.
According to Omroep Gelderland, their testers did not actually vote twice, because that would be illegal. The broadcaster only checked whether the polling stations would allow it.
With 97 percent of votes counted, it is clear that local parties received the most votes in the municipal elections on Wednesday. The VVD and CDA are neck-on-neck to become the biggest national party, with the liberals leading by a hair, according to ANP's election service.
The results for 7,500 council seats are known so far, NU.nl reports. 55 percent of voters voted in the municipal election, a slightly higher turnout compared to 54 percent in the previous municipal elections four years ago.
An exit poll for Wednesday's city-wide elections suggested that green party GroenLinks was the big winner in Amsterdam, with enough votes to nearly double their city council seats from 6 to 11. Centrist party D66 and left-wing Labour party (PvdA) were the big losers of the night in the capital, each dropping five seats, according to the Ipsos/NOS exit poll.
It seems that many Dutch voters are making a last minute decision on who to vote for in the municipal elections on Wednesday. Online voting aides like StemWijzer and Kieskompas received tens of thousands of visitors since Tuesday, NOS reports.
A number of polling stations across the Netherlands opened late or had to move on Wednesday morning due to various problems ranging from lost keys to a virus outbreak, NOS reports.
A polling station in a residential care center in Hardegarijp, Friesland had to be relocated due to an outbreak of the noro virus, a virus that causes symptoms like diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and severe abdominal cramps. The polling station was moved to center IT Maskelyn. There was already a polling station there, but its capacity has now been expanded.
PVV leader Geert Wilders decided to cancel a planned visit to an election event in the Terneuzen town hall on Wednesday after Terneuzen mayor Jan Lonink said that he was not pleased by the visit.
A number of local and national politicians have been spotted casting their votes in the parliamentary elections on Wednesday.
Minister Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs was the first politician spotted at a polling station. She cast her vote at Amsterdam Central Station at 6:30 a.m.