People all over the Netherlands observed two minutes of silence at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday night to commemorate victims of the Second World War and other conflicts and wars that followed. Public transport came to a stand still and cars pulled over where they were to participate in the commemoration.
Tens of thousands of Feyenoord supporters, along with the team itself and Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb, celebrated the Rotterdam team's KNVB Cup victory on the Coolsingel on Monday.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima will be attending the Remembrance Day ceremony in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam on May 4th. Prime Minister Mark Rutte will attend the opening of the National Liberation Day Celebration a day later in Groningen
Polling stations across the Netherlands are open for Dutch citizens to vote in the referendum over the association agreement between the EU and Ukraine today. So far the turn out has not been overwhelmingly high.
It is important that residents be alert to threats, but do not become paranoid, Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb said at a meeting for residents of Rotterdam-West on Tuesday evening. The meeting was arranged to inform residents on the state of affairs following the arrest of 4 terrorist suspects in the neighborhood on Sunday.
Several hundred Dutch people of Turkish and Moroccan descent demonstrated against terrorism in Rotterdam on Sunday. Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb also participated and gave a speech.
Football lawyer Frank van Ardenne is advising the 326 Feyenoord supporters arrested before the match against Roda JC in Rotterdam on Sunday, not to pay the fines imposed on them. "He who pays the fine pleads guilty and gets a criminal record", the lawyer said
About 250 football supporters were arrested prior to the match between Feyenoord and Roda JC in Rotterdam on Sunday. According to the police, these supporters refused to follow instructions and used verbal and physical violence against stewards and police officers.
Amsterdam does not need to attract more tourists, the city is already busy all the time, according to Mayor Eberhard van der Laan. He is calling on the other big cities in the Netherlands to take in more tourists and to relieve the pressure on the capital. He would like it if a tourist visits Amsterdam, but overnights in Rotterdam. "That may well be our salvation", he said in an interview with Het Parool on Wednesday.
Kids across the Netherlands kicked off the 13th edition of the National Reading Aloud Days on Wednesday morning with breakfast and a story read to them by a politician, mayor, sports hero, actress, rapper, football player and even a princess.
Carl Bernstein, one of the two reporters who uncovered the Watergate Scandal, will be a guest on the 100th episode of College Tour. The episode will be broadcast on Friday, April 15th, presenter Twan Huys announced on Tuesday
Only a small amount of drugs was found in the suspicious vehicle that caused quite the commotion in Rotterdam on Thursday night. Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb, who was evacuated from a nearby restaurant after the car was found, is unfazed by the events.
The Rotterdam police did not find anything "strange" in or around the suspicious car found on the Westersingel on Thursday night. The Mercedes is registered as "suspicious" and signals were sent to the police when it was caught on a camera at a border crossing.
Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb was rushed to safety on Thursday night after a suspicious car was found near the restaurant where he was having dinner. A SWAT team responded and three men were arrested in a nearby park.
Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb and Justice Minister Ard van der Steur were two of the more than 600 people who gathered in the Essalam mosque in Rotterdam on Monday night to hold a memorial for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday.
As he did after the attacks on Charlie Hebdo in January, Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb has once again taken a firm stance after the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday. The Mayor believes that ISIS has to be "eradicated root and branch". He calls on Muslims to speak out against the violence and on Dutch society to be more inclusive towards Muslims.
It seems that Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan wants the Netherlands to host the 2028 Olympic Games. During the trade visit to Japan he said in two speeches that he hopes Amsterdam and Rotterdam can organize the 2028 Summer Olympics together - once in the presence of Prime Minister Mark Rutte
Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb compared the Holocaust to the "horrors of ISIS" during a recent visit to camp Westerbork with a group of students.
An information evening in Rotterdam about plans to open an asylum center in the neighborhood Beverwaard on Thursday night, ended with three people arrested for throwing stones at police officers and destroying squad cars.
The Rotterdam-Zuid community center De Put has denied Islamic-movement Hizb ut-Tahrir permission to give a lecture on Friday.
Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb is concerned about the large increase in the number of incidents in which the police had to intervene in disturbances caused by disturbed people. He is calling for immediate action. The mayor wants to remove the excess for medicines that treat psychosis and a special ambulance to pick up disturbed people, instead of them ending up in the back of a police car.
The Rotterdam mayor said this during a committee meeting on Thursday, AD reports.
Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb has challenged PVV leader Geert Wilders to come out with his plan to have "fewer Moroccans" in the Netherlands. The mayor did so in a speech on television program Zomergasten on Sunday
The police unions have decided not to stop the media caravan during the Tour de France state on Sunday. Instead they will protest by cycling out in front of the media caravan. They will also hang banners off the Erasmus bridge.
Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice and Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb has asked the police unions to cancel their planned delay actions during the Tour de France stages in Utrecht and Rotterdam this weekend.