2018 municipal elections

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Feb 6 '18 16:50

The Amsterdam party for the elderly PvdO refuses to work with the D66 over a statement candidate councilor Yassmine El Ksaihi made about homosexuality in an interview with NRC in 2010. The D66 candidate said that "homosexuality is a sin in Islam".

"This statement is pure homophobia and seriously impedes the emancipation of homosexuals", Wil van Soest of the PvdO said to the Telegraaf. The party will not work with the D66 as long as it supports homophobia, according to the newspaper.

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Feb 6 '18 08:38

After the municipal elections, GroenLinks wants the new Amsterdam city council to block expansion plans for Lelystad Airport, party leader Jesse Klaver and Amsterdam faction leader Rutger Groot Wassink said, NOS reports.

Lelystad Airport is owned by Schiphol. And Amsterdam has a 20 percent share in Schiphol. The green party wants Amsterdam to be an "activist" shareholder and stop expansion plans for Lelystad Airport. 

Feb 5 '18 13:00

Steven van der Heijden removed himself from the municipal election candidate list for the D66 in Best over a beheading 'joke'. In 2016 he shared a photo in a group message in which fellow student and now Leefbaar Etten-Leur councilor is depicted as a prisoner of terrorist organization Islamic State that is about to be beheaded, De Gelderlander reports.

Raats reported to picture to the police at the time. When he found out that Van Heijden is appearing on the electoral list of the D66 faction in Best, he posted his displeasure about this online. 

Feb 2 '18 12:00

Local factions of political parties make almost no effort to screen new candidates before letting them run in municipal elections, according to criminology professor Emile Kolthoff. He therefore calls for security service AIVD or a a special police service to take over this duty and properly screen candidate municipal councilors before they are sworn into the council, Trouw reports.

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Jan 29 '18 13:40

Campaigners for populist party Forum voor Democratie (FvD) were attacked while handing out pamphlets at a shopping center on Buikslotermeerplein in Amsterdam-Noord on Saturday. One of the people who was attacked is 71-year-old Hemmie Kerklingh, number six on the FvD's candidate list for the municipal election in Amsterdam in March, Het Parool reports.

An eyewitness told the newspaper that the attackers were shouting anti-fascist slogans like "not then, not now, never again fascists". Bystanders intervened and the three attackers fled. The police were also called to the scene.

PvdA ad featuring a more offensive logo, 23 Jan 2018
Jan 25 '18 09:44

The PvdA faction in Meppel posted an advertisement in the Meppeler Courant on Tuesday, to announce the start of the faction's campaign for the municipal election in March. But in an unfortunate blunder, the wrong logo was used in the ad. Instead of the normal PvdA logo of a flower with a fist in its middle, the hand in this logo has its middle finger raised on high.

Jan 24 '18 13:40

After having to replace Géza Hegedüs as PVV faction leader in Rotterdam, the anti-Islam party now dropped two other names from its municipal elections candidate lists. Prospective city councilor Marie-Louise Kelderman was dropped from the candidate list in Rucphen. And Mohamed Shaief Aziem disappeared from the candidate list for The Hague.

Dec 28 '17 17:20

The police and judiciary in the Netherlands are on high alert for discrimination and threats during the campaigns for the municipal elections on March 21st next year, AT5 reports.

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Dec 22 '17 10:30

The PVV in Rotterdam found a new faction leader for the municipal election in March. Maurice Meeuwissen will lead Geert Wilders' anti-Islam party in the city, Wilders announced on Twitter. 

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Dec 19 '17 10:57

Almost all political parties in Amsterdam are in favor of , and later further into Haarlemmermeer, was revealed during the first municipal election debate in Pakhuis De Zwijger on Monday. The debate focused on Schiphol and the harbor, Haarlems Dagblad reports.

PVV leader Geert Wilders announcing the candidates for the Rotterdam faction, with Géza Hegedüs (right) and Marjan Gonsalves (left), 14 Dec 2017
Dec 18 '17 10:48

PVV leader Geert Wilders fired Géza Hegedüs as faction leader in Rotterdam on Friday after it was revealed that he expressed support for Holocaust denier David Irving in 2014. This happened just one day after , overshadowing the PVV's participation in the municipal elections in Rotterdam.

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Dec 14 '17 14:40

Pro-diveristy party DENK will be taking part in the municipal elections in Rotterdam next year, party leader Tunahan Kuzu announced in Rotterdam on Thursday morning. He did this at the Essalam mosque - in the same place, and just moments before, anti-Islam PVV leader was set to announce the faction leader for the PVV in Rotterdam, AD reports.

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Dec 13 '17 15:20

Geert Wilders' anti-Islam party PVV will definitely be taking part in the municipal elections in Rotterdam and Utrecht next year. The PVV in the upcoming elections, but that did not work out. The party could not find enough good candidates, according to NOS. 

Nov 28 '17 11:00

The D66 in Amsterdam is calling for a regional tolling system on the roads around the Dutch capital. Motorists who want to reach Amsterdam during busy periods like rush hour, must pay an additional tax, according to D66 city councilor Bart Vink. The aim is to keep the city accessible during peak times, the Telegraaf reports.

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Nov 23 '17 13:00

It is unclear whether the municipality of Amsterdam will be able to implement a ban on renting entire homes to tourists through sites like Airbnb, as the Amsterdam faction of the for the upcoming municipal elections.

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Nov 22 '17 10:00

With additional reporting by Zack Newmark.

The Amsterdam faction of labour party PvdA wants to ban holiday apartment rentals in the Dutch capital, including those available through sites like Airbnb. This ban applies to the rental of complete homes, but not the letting of single rooms, meaning the proposal would not affect true Bed & Breakfasts, according to the party's election program released ahead of the 2018 municipal elections, Het Parool reports.

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Nov 15 '17 08:54

The Tweede Kamer is shocked and outraged by reports from Minister Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations that Russia and other countries are using fake news to try and influence public opinion in the Netherlands. "That fake accounts influence our democracy is life threateningly dangerous", CDA leader Sybrand Buma said to broadcaster NOS. The CDA and D66 are presenting a set of measures in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, on Wednesday to prevent this from happening.

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Sep 14 '17 11:50

The GroenLinks faction in Amsterdam wants to ban all cars from the city center, according to a draft election program that will be presented to the Amsterdam city council on Thursday, AT5 reports. "We'll make the Mauritskade, Stadhouderskade, and Nassaukade a green cycling- and walking boulevard", the program reads, according to the broadcaster.

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May 10 '17 13:25

Amsterdam alderman for public space Abdeluheb Choho (D66) wants to increase tourist tax in the city from 5 percent to 15 percent, he said to the Telegraaf. The money made by the increase can be used to make Amsterdam a more pleasant place for residents.

According to Choho, raising the tourist tax several advantages. "It does not hit the ordinary Amsterdammer and the money you collect with this can immediately be reinvested into the city", he said to the newspaper.

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Apr 5 '17 07:33

The PVV plans to take part in the municipal elections of 60 municipalities spread over all 12 Dutch provinces next year, party leader Geert Wilders announced in an interview with AD on Wednesday.

The party will take part in the local elections of municipalities in which the PVV has a lot of support, such as Spijkenisse, Edam-Volendam and Ruchpen and medium sized towns like Nieuwegein, Vlaardingen and Zoetermeer. The PVV will also go for municipalities where the party did well during the parliamentary election last month.

Geert Wilders
Apr 3 '17 10:53

The PVV is turning its attention to local governments. Next year the anti-Islam party wants to participate in municipal elections in Rotterdam, Enschede, Almelo, Twenterand and Urk, party leader Geert Wilders announced on Twitter on Saturday. The party will also participate in The Hague and Almere. 

Until now the PVV was only represented in the city councils of The Hague and Almere, according to the Volkskrant. But in December the party announced a change in strategy. The PVV wants to be part of at least five to ten municipalities per province. 

Dec 6 '16 12:30

The PVV hopes to take many voters from local parties in the municipal elections in 2018, leader Geert Wilders said in a interview with AD over the weekend. Many local parties aren't too worried about this strategy, Trouw reports after speaking to them.'

The PVV shares views with many local parties, Wilders said in the interview. "We already hear of people who want to change", he said. So far the far-right party was only active in The Hague and Almere. "But people want more. I notice that there is a need." 

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