Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert thinks that the world would do better to judge new American president Donald Trump on his actions and not on his tweets. Trump's twitter activity "causes a lot of debate and headlines and I don't think the world benefits from it", she said, according to newspaper AD.
On Monday United States president elec. Donald Trump said that he does not much care whether the European Union is divided or united, in interviews with newspapers Bild and The Times. He also called on other countries to follow Britain's example with the Brexit. European Commissioner Frans Timmermans read these statements with amazement. "We have never seen a U.S. president show interest in a divided Europe." he said to broadcaster NOS.
Dutch lawyer and former ABN Amro Commissioner Peter Wakkie was arrested in Spain, the local police confirmed to NOS. The arrest has to do with accusations against his business partner about paying bribes to members of the Russian government through the two's company Zed+, according to the broadcaster.
Security experts in the United States are convinced that the Netherlands will be targeted by Russian hackers in the run-up to the parliamentary elections in March, like the American Democratic Party was during the U.S. elections, NOS reports. "The Dutch government is very, very alert", Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs said to the broadcaster. "I have no concrete evidence that this is the case, but I am not naive."
The Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV) called upon Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte to push through ratification of a European Union agreement with the Ukraine. The deal, rejected by Dutch voters in a non-binding referendum, includes policy on energy, economics, labour rights and free travel across borders.
A "Stop Trump and Wilders" rally is being organized in Amsterdam for Friday, January 20th - the day on which Donald Trump is set to be inaugurated as president of the United States. The rally is to "show solidarity with activists in the U.S. an to prevent extreme-right becoming the biggest in the Netherlands", according to the event's Facebook page.
Van Dale announced the top ten contenders for Word of the Year 2016, new words that emerged during the course of the year. This year's new words indicate that United States president-elect, the Brexit and Pokemon were on Dutch people's minds.
Pete Hoekstra from Groningen is a candidate to run the United States intelligence service CIA under Donald Trump's administration. He would consider it an honor, he said to Newsmax TV. "But this is a call that Mr. Trump needs to make", the 63-year-old Dutch man said to the American station. "He needs to have someone that he can have total confidence in at the CIA."
The Dutch Ministry of Defense will get more money in the coming years, no matter who wins the elections in March next year. Almost all parliamentary parties think there were to many cutbacks on the Defense budget in recent years, was revealed during the parliamentary debate on that budget on Wednesday, NOS reports.
American President-elect Donald Trump released a list of all the world leaders he's spoken to since winning the U.S. election with the most electoral votes last week, to show how hard he's been working. But he forgot to add Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to the list.
The so called Gulen-movement "certainly" played a role in a failed coup in Turkey earlier this year, Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans said in an interview with Knack on Tuesday, AD reports.
The Turkish government sees cleric Fethullah Gulen as the mastermind behind the attempted coup in July, but so far has little evidence to prove it. Gulen currently lives in the United States.
PVV leader Geert Wilders thinks that Donald Trump's "historic victory" will change the way politics work forever. "Politics will never be the same, take it from me", he said to NOS.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte congratulated Donald Trump on his projected victory in the United States election. "After a tense election campaign, the American people have spoken and decided on Donald Trump. I sincerely congratulate him on his election", Rutte said in a reaction on Facebook.
While the official vote count is not in yet, American media projects that Trump won the election.
Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs thinks that Donald Trump should be judged on his actions as president of the United States. "The American people have spoken, after a tense election campaign that also made many tensions and divisioins visible", he said to NOS in a first reaction.
The news that Donald Trump, not Hillary Clinton, is almost certainly the new president of the United States sent most world markets into the red. The main European markets, including the AEX, opened with losses of around 3 percent, NOS reports.
The AEX opened with a loss of more than 3 percent, but in the first half hour that loss dropped to minus 1.7 percent. The Stock Exchange in London and Paris also recovered to around minus 1.5 percent.
American news agencies are projecting that Donald Trump won the United States election. If correct, he will succeed current President Barack Obama in the White House. The inauguration is scheduled for January 20th, 2017. While PVV leader Geert Wilders is already waving the victory flags, left-wing politicians in The Hague are shocked.
"CONGRATULATIONS Donald Trump!! Your victory is historic and for all of us!" Wilders tweeted. "And we Dutch will also conquer our country back!"
PVV leader Geert Wilders is elated by the increasing chances of Donald Trump to win the United States election. "The people are taking their country back", he wrote on Twitter. "So will we."
Earlier this year Wilders compared himself to Trump, saying that they are very much the same. Both owe their popularity to disgruntled voters who feel unreperesented, Wilders said in an interview with CNN.
The Netherlands has more confidence in Russian President Vladimir Putin as an international leader than in United States presidential candidate Donald Trump, according to a poll by Pew Research, which political analyst Ian Bremmer posted on Twitter.
On Monday, American time, over 50 thousand people gathered in Cleveland, Ohio for the start of the Republican convention. Among them is PVV leader Geert Wilders, who was pleased as punch to see Trump be officially named the Republican candidate for U.S. president, despite opposition in the Republican party trying to stop it.
Geert Wilders thinks that the Netherlands could have a strong ally in Donald Trump, should he be elected presidents of the United States, the PVV leader said to BNR on Monday.
Facebook temporarily blocked Amsterdam artist Peter Klashorst from the social media site for not following the Facebook Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. According to Klashorst, Facebook finds one of his paintings of Donald Trump offensive and suggests that he uses underage models for his work, the artist said to Het Parool.
Trevor Noah, host of American satirical news show Daily Show, plans to interview PVV leader Geert Wilders if he attends the Republican convention in the U.S. this summer, he said in an interview with Dutch broadcaster BNR.
PVV leader Geert Wilders plans to attend the Republican convention in the United States this summer to show his support for presidential candidate Donald Trump