31 mayors of larger Dutch cities are calling on the Senate not to remove the appointment of mayors from the Dutch constitution, and to keep the procedure as is. Removing the appointment procedure from the constitution is the first step in enabling an elected mayor. The mayors are worried that this will result in them losing their connecting role as "father or mother for all residents, businesses and institutions", they wrote in an open letter to the Senate, the Volkskrant reports.
A 46-year-old man from Zoetermeer killed himself and his 4-year-old son by jumping in front of an oncoming train in Haarle, Overijssel on Saturday night, the police said in a statement.
Around 9:30 p.m. the police received a report of a suicide on the rails near Oude Deventerweg in Haarle. A few minutes later a man and his son were reported missing from a vacation home on a bungalow park in the area. At the rails, responding officers found the bodies of a man and a child. They were identified as the two missing from the bungalow park.
A local mosque in Zoetermeer repeatedly reported problems with radicalizing youths in the city, but Zoetermeer did not respond. The mosque's calls for help directly conflict with the mayor's statements to the city council after the first suspected Dutch jihadists left from the city to Syria, that there were no previous signs that young Muslims were being radicalized in Zoetermeer, NRC reports based on its own research.