Opposition parties SP, CDA, D66, ChristenUnie and GroenLinks are calling on Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Affairs and Employment Lodewijk Asscher to do more to tackle discrimination in employment. According to the parties, nothing has come from Asscher's promises to crack down on discriminatory companies and Maartens are still rather employed than Mohammeds.
The vast majority of the Dutch population thinks that Democrat Hillary Clinton should win should the United States' presidential elections in November come down to a show down between her and Republican Donald Trump. A massive 76 percent favor Clinton, against 16 percent for Trump, according to the latest poll by Maurice de Hond
There will be no large asylum center in Heesch, following violent protests against the arrival of some 500 asylum seekers in the small Brabant town. A majority in the city council voted against the center, the municipality of Bernheze announced on Wednesday
Whistleblowers at the Ministry of Security and Justice "would be crazy" to report internal irregularities, because all they will get in return is to be bullied an punished, Sjaak Jansen, former Integrity Confidant at the Ministry, said to NRC. According to him, everything at the Ministry is aimed at keeping their own slate clean.
A tenth of the murders committed in the Netherlands last year, were committed by mentally disturbed people
Dyslexic students are no longer allowed to use spell checkers during exams. The College for Tests and Exams (CvTE) implemented this measure in October last years, because from this year spelling counts in examination
Dutch parliamentarians are concerned about the increasing use of GHB. According to the CDA, the use of this party drug is especially increasing in "hot spots" in Brabant, Twente and Friesland
The madness surrounding tickets for Adele concerts in the Netherlands being sold out within hours only to be resold at much higher prices, sparked Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs to launch an investigation. He asked the Authority for Consumers and Market to investigate the circumstances, the Minister wrote to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament
Minister Ard van der Steur ordered the Oosting-committee to re-examine the so-called Teeven-deal. He wants clarity as soon as possible on whether the receipt that showed the exact amounts involved in the deal Fred Teeven made with drug criminal Cees H. was deliberately withheld
Starting next year, all buildings, shops and public transport must become accessible for people with disabilities, the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, decided on Thursday by voting for a 2006 UN treaty stating that disabled people must be able to fully participate in society. Businesses can gradually start with simple adjustments until their buildings are completely accessible
Fierce criticism and a motion of no confidence were what Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice faced on Wednesday in the parliamentary debate about his actions surrounding George Maat, the forensic scientist who was discredited after giving a lecture showing images of flight MH17 victims. The motion of no confidence did not get a majority vote, which means that Van der Steur can continue as Minister, if in a somewhat battered state, NU reports.
In November last year officials told the government that they expect that some 90 thousand asylum seekers will arrive in the Netherlands in 2016. The government chose to ignore this prognosis and adjusted the plans to a lower number, namely 58 thousand asylum seekers, sources told television program Nieuwsuur.
Getting some diversity into the mayors of the Netherlands seems to be a nigh on impossible task. Most of the 390 mayors in the country are white men with an average age of around 57 years. Only four are of an ethnic minority and only 20 percent are female. And these figures have been the same for years, according to data from the Dutch Association of Mayors
Longtime Dutch politician Piet Steenkamp died on Friday at the age of 90. He is credited with founding the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) political party, serving as chairman at the very beginning of its development in 1973 through its formal establishment in 1980.
The lower house of Dutch parliament is electing a new president on Wednesday. And with four candidates with controversy clinging to almost all of them, it seems to be building up to be a tense election.
The number of asylum seekers entering the Netherlands dropped from about a thousand a week to about 700 a week. If the inflow remains at about 700 asylum seekers a week, the need for emergency shelters may soon be a thing of the past, Ank Bijleveld-Schouten, commissioner for the King in Overijssel, said to NRC.
A number of parliamentary factions want the Netherlands to have control of the nuclear power plant in Doel, just over the Belgium border, after the reactor Doel 1 shut down automatically on Saturday for an as yet unknown reason - only days after it was put back into use on December 30th.
The governments 5 billion euros tax plan survived the Eerste Kamer, Senate, on Tuesday and will be implemented in 2016
The municipality of Hilversum is making a last effort to stop the deportation of a Zimbabwean man named Kuda. Politicians are calling on Security & Justice Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff to change his mind about the 21 year old.
Criminal law expert Theo de Roos fears that the corruption scandals recently surrounding Ukrainian secret service SBU will make it more difficult to prosecute those responsible for the disaster with MH17. Much of the evidence in the criminal investigation comes from the SBU
The cabinet managed to convince opposition party D66 to support their tax plan. The D66's support pushes the plan for 5 billion euros in tax cuts and majority over the line for a majority in Senate. Christian party CDA already promised support for the plan.
An 18 year old Syrian man was arrested in The Hague on Monday on suspicion of participation in a terrorist organization, the Public Prosecutor announced on Thursday. The man arrived in the Netherlands in October and applied for asylum. He was living in an asylum shelter in Zaandam.
The CDA wants to change the sick leave regulation so that employers have to pay all workers, including flex workers and freelancers, eight weeks of sick leave.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte once again called the fight against ISIS a war during the parliamentary debate on the Paris terrorist attacks. But he stressed that citizens of the Netherlands should not let fear rule their lives and should keep making plans and go out on weekends.