Trade unions want an independent investigation into statements made by Amsterdam Fire Department Commander Leen Schaap. They accuse Schaap of dereliction of duty due to criticism he made about the corps in the media, Het Parool reports.
Since the establishment of the National Police in 2013, some 3 thousand police officers were placed on long-term sick leave and are now sitting at home with hardly any contact with their employer, Jan Struis, chairman of Dutch police union NPB, said on EenVandaag on Thursday. According to him, many of these cops were put on sick leave after expressing criticism about the police, ANP reports.
A group of 30 prominent PvdA members in Friesland wrote an open letter in which they criticize party chairman Hans Spekman and party leader Diederik Samsom. In the letter, published in the Leeuwarder Courant on Monday, the PvdA'ers accuse the leadership of ignoring the party members, the party's direction and giving members and voters nothing in return.
The current coalition government received harsh criticism in the annual Court of Audit report for its inability to solve problems in implementing policies without causing havoc at affected ministries. At its core, the report states that the government wants to achieve much, but puts too little thought into planning and executing policy especially in cases of budget cuts.
The Late Rembrandt exhibition is possibly too crowded, Rijksmuseum director Wim Pijbes admitted to NRC Handelsblad on Thursday. In an earlier response to the criticism the exhibit received Pijbes said it's not as bad as in the Sistine Chapel or in front of Mona Lisa, but in his latest statement he says the display is "arguably approaching the boundaries of an enjoyable visit."
The Socialist Party (SP) chairman Jan Marijnissen must resign, SP's Brabant representative Johan van den Hout told NRC Handelsblad. Van den Hout condemns the "unpleasant way" the party chairman of over 25 years deals with other party members.
Speakers arranged for a controversial gala of Muslim imams were stripped of their visas to enter the Netherlands do to the "risky" nature of the event, and to protect Muslims, the National Counterterrorism Coordinator wrote in a letter to Parliament. The event was scheduled for March 8th in Rijswijk, but was cancelled by organizers who said the unfair depictions of their group in the media made it impossible to hold their gala.
The build of a controversial Russian oil terminal in the Rotterdam port is getting the go-ahead from the Rotterdam city government, despite criticism from the Cabinet and in the Rotterdam City Council about the bad timing with the Russian trade war, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
The municipal council in The Hague will debate on Thursday at 7.30 p.m. the demonstrations in the city's Schilderswijk, which had unsavory ends. Mayor van Aartsen, who has refused to cut his holiday in France short, will be in attendance, the NOS reports.
The PVV in Brussels has fired its nine staff members, saying that the new delegation wants an entirely clean sheet of staff, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
Dozens of mayors in The Netherlands have come together to plead for a regulation of marijuana cultivation. They want to permit sale of the soft drug in coffeeshops, as well as the cultivation. In an interview with de Volkskrant, mayor Paul Depla of Heerlen outs hard criticism on the current cannabis policy in The Cabinet.
Dutch footballer Arjen Robben is cautiously confident about his team's future in the World Cup. He is critical about the way his team has been playing, but believes that The Netherlands can reach the final.
Campaign director for Greenpeace International, Pascal Husting, has made a public apology for his use of air travel to get to Amsterdam from his home in Luxembourg.
The math test that all students doing further education have had to sit, mandatorily, since this year is unsuitable according to the Bosker commission. Teachers have criticized this earlier. The questions are too long, and there is too much text.
Elle van Rijn, a Dutch actress from Uden, is being threatened for her appearance on the talk show WNL op Zondag, in which she asked PVV-leader Geert Wilders critical questions.
Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs has criticized the PVV for working together with "creeps" in Europe, such as the French Front National, for money.
The television program from RTL, 'Project P: Stop het pesten' (Stop the bullying) drew 700,000 viewers for its first episode on Monday. The show, presented by Johnny de Mol and Dennis Weening, caused some outrage among schools and parents alike about the images, some of which were recorded in secret.
Johnny de Mol, who is co-presenter of the upcoming RTL 5 program Project P: Stop Het Pesten with Dennis Weening, thinks that judgement has been cast over the show too early. "Before it has been seen", he said in RTL Late Night.
The new American ambassador in The Hague, Timothy Broas, has voiced his disapproval of Wilders and his anti-Moroccan rants.
The 40-year old Elou Akhiat, a female Moroccan entrepreneur has recently received criticism for starting a wine bar.
An American journalist has come under fire after a travel article of hers appeared in the Wall Street Journal criticizing the Efteling for, among other things, racist undertones.
Second Chamber President Anouchka van Miltenburg has announced that she will speak to the faction leaders about the criticism they expressed about her in December.