Ahmed Aboutaleb

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Jun 15 '15 09:00

Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb believes that foreign imams who often preach in Dutch mosques should be able to speak Dutch. And that the Muslim community should carry the cost of a language course itself.

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Jun 8 '15 09:25

According to Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb, everyone should be searched during preventive frisk-actions, including grannies.

May 20 '15 08:33

The Cabinet must not allow municipalities to grow their own weed. A narrow majority in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, supported this motion brought by the CDA on Tuesday. 75 parliamentarians voted for, 70 voted against.

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May 14 '15 11:12

On Thursday Rotterdam will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the bombardment on May 14th, 1940 that destroyed the city center.

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Apr 29 '15 19:43

Dutch Mayors expressed their discontent towards the government's asylum seeker plan in the lower house of Dutch parliament on Wednesday and made it clear that they see the commitments required from the municipalities unwise and unclear, NOS reports. The Mayors had nothing good to say about the cost the government will impose on municipalities for failing to adhere to the plan.

Apr 28 '15 14:24

Rotterdam's approach to high impact crimes, crimes that have a major impact on their victims' lives, is proving to be effective. Both the number these crimes, such as robberies and burglaries, and the number of repeat offenses showed a significant decrease in 2014.

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Apr 23 '15 10:59

A number of cities and towns in the Netherlands foresee major practical problems in the implementation of the coalition's new plan for failed asylum seekers.

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Apr 13 '15 15:04

The Labor Party (PvdA) should change its course, many current and former party supporters said according to the most recent polling data from Maurice de Hond. Over half of respondents, 55 percent in total, said party leader Diederik Samsom should step down.

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Mar 20 '15 10:09

44 percent of people who voted for the PvdA in the 2012 parliamentary elections, think that party leader Diederik Samsom should step down. Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb and Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher are the two most popular candidates for his successor.

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Mar 18 '15 11:33

Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb (PvdA) and Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan (PvdA) are the most popular politicians in the Netherlands. Geert Wilders (PVV) is the received the least love and ended up on the bottom of the list as the least popular politician in the Netherlands.

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Mar 9 '15 17:52

Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb visits Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Bangkok, Thailand from March 8th to the 13th. Aboutaleb is scheduled to share advice on floods and climate handling in Ho Chi Minh City, speak about crisis management in Bangkok while visiting the port authorities of both, the city of Rotterdam revealed in a press release.

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Mar 6 '15 08:36

According to Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb, there is no possibility of Ajax fans being allowed to attend the classic match between Feyenoord and Ajax.

Feb 22 '15 12:31

Residents in Rome are planning a sit-in protest at the Dutch embassy there on Tuesday. The protest is in response to the damage caused to the Piazza di Spagna and other historic sites after rioting took place there.

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Feb 20 '15 16:27

Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb has apologized on behalf of rioting Rotterdam Feyenoord fans and promises to track down the rioters in a letter to the Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino. European football association UEFA will not take action against Rotterdam Feyenoord fans following the disturbances in Rome.

Feb 19 '15 15:30

Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb says he has more authority to make bold statements compelling extremist Muslims to get out of the country than do his European colleagues. The Moroccan-born Dutch Mayor said this in an interview with CNN, after speaking in Washington, D.C., about the role of local governments in battling radicalization and extremism.

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Feb 18 '15 09:40

Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb is urging Muslims to actively distance themselves from attacks committed in the name of religion. He said this yesterday at the summit he is attending on countering violent extremism in the White House in Washington.

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Feb 16 '15 08:40

Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb is heading to the United States to participate in a 4 day conference on tackling radicalization and violent extremism, De Telegraaf reports. The conference starts on Tuesday and will happen in the White House.

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Jan 25 '15 16:41

Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb again repeated his call for religious extremists in the Netherlands to "fuck off," while speaking at a service in a mosque. The mayor visited the Essalam Mosque Saturday night and made his remarks in front of 250 people gathered there.

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Jan 19 '15 17:48

A group of both Jewish and Muslim people will come together tomorrow in Cafe Belcampo in Amsterdam West to remember and discuss the terror acts in Paris earlier this month. Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher will be speaking during the "Solidarity Night; Jews and Muslims Solidarity with Paris" and Mayor Eberhard van der Laan will be attending the event as well.

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Jan 13 '15 20:09

Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb ruffled feathers when he suggested that Muslims who "do not like it here because humorists you do not like make a newspaper, may I then say you can fuck off.” London mayor Boris Johnson was not amongst those offended.

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Jan 8 '15 12:24

Dutch news broadcasts attracted more views on Wednesday than on a typical weekday. All broadcasts were dominated by stories of shootings at the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

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Jan 8 '15 11:12

Demonstrations are being organized in several Dutch cities on Thursday from 6:00 p.m. in support of the victims and survivors of the attack on in Paris on Wednesday. Twelve people were killed in a raid at the office of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical weekly newspaper, and many others were injured.

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Jan 8 '15 10:38

Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb appeared on television programme Nieuwsuur Wednesday night, and lashed out at Muslims living in this society despite their hatred of it. “It is incomprehensible that you can turn against freedom,” he said. “But if you do not like freedom, in Heaven’s name pack your bag and leave.”

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Sep 12 '14 14:32

Ahmed Aboutaleb will be mayor of Rotterdam for another six years. The first Moroccan-Dutch mayor of the Netherlands has been given a second term by Royal Decree.

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