The leaders of right-wing VVD and far-right FvD debated each other in the Rode Hoed in Amsterdam on Wednesday evening, the eve of the European Parliament elections in the Netherlands on Thursday. The sometimes fierce debate ranged from topics like leaving the euro to FvD leader Thierry Baudet's stance on women and the last time VVD leader Mark Rutte shed a tear. Baudet accused Rutte of "fear mongering" and Rutte called Baudet a "Russia lover", RTL Nieuws reports.
The Amsterdam city council requested an urgent debate on the city's anti-radicalization policy following the suspension of city official Saadia a.-.T. of the Radicalization and Polarization Department. The city council wants to know from mayor Eberhard van der Laan whether the municipality responded adequately to reports about radicalized youth in the city, Het Parool reports.
Broadcaster RTL is inviting the leaders of the four largest political parties, according to the polls, for a televised debate on February 26th. But if the differences between the parties are too small, the debate may be held between five or even six party leaders, RTL Nieuws reports.
A debate in Rotterdam on the arrest of French terrorist suspect Anis B. in the city devolved into a shouting match on Thursday. The debate had to be paused after a Leefbaar Rotterdam councilor Bart-Joost van Rij threatened to rip GroenLinks councilor Arno Bonte's head off
On Saturday ministers from nine European countries will be meeting in Paris to discuss strengthening the security on Europe's railway network. Bernard Cazeneuve, the French Minister of Home Affairs, said on Wednesday that they will be looking at "very concrete proposals", the Financial Times reports.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD) once again called on the CDA to take responsibility and support the cabinet more often during the NOS debate last night.
The last debate before the provincial elections between Geert Wilders (PVV) and Alexander Pechtold (D66) devolved into name-calling on EenVandaag last night. "You are the terror-owl of Dutch politics," Wilders called Pechtold, who was ready for the attack. "Yes, and there's the wolf," he replied.
The debate on the deal that (now former) State Secretary Fred Teeven (Security and Justice, VVD) made with drug criminal Cees H. will still happen this afternoon, despite the resignations of Teeven and Minister Ivo Opstelten (Security and Justice, VVD). The Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament) will now have the debate with Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD).
According to Thom de Graaf, the D66 leader of the Eerste Kamer (Senate), his party will only continue to support the coalition if they see more ambition from the Cabinet, BNR reports.
According to American whistle blower Edward Snowden, mass surveillance is not effective at all. "The problem with mass surveillance is that you're burying people under too much data." Snowden said in an interview with Niewsuur in Moscow.
The parliament is debating with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and several ministers on Wednesday about the terrorist attacks in Paris last week. The factions want to hear the Dutch government's views on the event and the readiness level to prevent and deal with such attacks in the Netherlands.
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.
In an attempt to quell accusations of racist imagery, the Netherlands Center for Folk Culture and Immaterial Heritage (VIE) have come with a new suggested look for Zwarte Piet. The reimagined character is still black, but no longer has curly hair, or full red lips. The character's outfit has been updated, and Piet will also no longer wear his signature golden hoop earrings.
New homeowners still have to pay 'key money', a kind of extra levy to be allowed inside, by some landlords. Asking for this has been disallowed for some time now, but it is still being done.
The D66 in the European Parliament wants to introduce a European-wide AMBER Alert to find missing children as efficiently as possible. This was proposed by frontrunner Sophie 't Veld during a European election debate in Maastricht earlier this month.
Marcel de Graaff, the PVV's frontrunner for the European Parliament elections on 22 May, came under fire on Thursday during a pre-election debate. The PvdA, VVD and D66 reproached De Graaff for working together with the French Front National.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte has been asked by the House of Representatives to explain his threat of a Euro exit. Rutte is said to have told President of the European Council, Herman van Rompuy that the Netherlands may pull out of the Eurozone.
TBS patients in the Rooyse Wissel clinic in Venray say that they feel unsafe in their clinic, and that they lack treatment.
The cabinet is laying out an employment plan for the care sector, which is meant to help 80,000 people get a job or training.
The House of Parliament should not ignore Geert Wilders, but should debate with him, Alexander Pechtold has said. The D66 leader thinks that ignoring the PVV also ignores the voters, when a debate with them is more important, he writes in an opinion piece for de Volkskrant.
Minister for Security and Justice, Ivo Opstelten (VVD) still has the support of a majority in parliament for his policy against the regulation of marijuana cultivation.
The lack of control on marijauana sales means that foreigners are still able to buy weed at 85 percent of coffeeshops in the Netherlands, the NOS reports.
After a debate lasting nearly eleven hours, in which Ronald Plasterk came under fire due to the 1.8 million telephone details his intelligence services shared with the NSA.
Ministers Ronald Plasterk (Internal Affairs) and Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert (Defense) were sent for by Prime Minister Mark Rutte for an emergency discussion about the way in which they informed Parliament about the monitoring operations of the information services.