Members of the Center for Information an Documentation on Israel's youth organization CIJO where "physically harassed" while protesting at a meeting with British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at the Paard in The Hague on Thursday. CIJO chairman Hidde van Koningsveld got "a few blows to the neck", CIJO said, the Telegraaf reports.
The Labour Party (PvdA) is making headway with its plan to reverse the burden of proof of earthquake damages caused by gas extraction in Groningen, reports De Telegraaf. MP Jan Vos submitted a proposal to this effect to Cabinet, he said on Wednesday. The Cabinet will have the chance to vote on the proposal Tuesday, says the newspaper.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Affairs Lodewijk Asscher was scheduled to visit Morocco on Tuesday to learn about combating radicalization. Morocco plays a central role in fighting North Africa extremism, and Minister Asscher will discuss efforts with his Moroccan counterpart and experts on integration and radicalization.
The Dutch Labour Party (PvdA) is concerned with the attitude towards homosexuality in conservative religious circles. MP Keklik Yücel says that more efforts must be made to increase acceptance of gay people among Muslim and religious Protestant communities, according to Het Parool.
Labour party (PvdA) leader Diederik Samson will stay on as party leader until the national elections in 2017. Even if the party would suffer another loss in the upcoming elections in March, Samson will not step down, he stated in an interview on TV program Jinek.
"The Netherlands has become completely "Islamized'. The Muslims have settled down here, and made the Netherlands their home. They are growing, at our expense", said PVV Parliamentarian Machiel de Graaf with a sneer during debate in the Tweede Kamer.
PvdA chairman Hans Spekman thinks that the party should be more active now that many of the Cabinet's plans have been adopted. Spekman sees the raging uncertainty about the decentralization in health care and feels that the PvdA should be on top of it.
Exactly half of the people who voted for the PvdA, the Dutch labour party, in the 2012 Parliamentary election regret their choice, an Ipsos poll released on Wednesday shows. Respondents said that the PvdA’s inability to fulfill their promises, and the party's continued lack of action led them to regret casting their vote.
In a surprise decision by the Concil of Ministers, the Netherlands has committed military personnel to the international fight against Islamic State (ISIS). In a press conference early Wednesday evening, Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher and Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis announced that the Netherlands will deploy six F-16s for air strikes only in Iraq, another two F-16s to be used as backups, in addition to sending a military defence team of 250 soldiers. The Netherlands will not take part in military missions in Syria.
Yasmina Haifi, the Dutch project manager who was suspended from her position at the Dutch National Cyber Security Center last month over a controversial tweet in which she called ISIS a Zionist plot, is no longer a member of the PvdA.
The secrecy around possible existence of nuclear weapons in the Netherlands should come to an end in favor of an open debate, MPs said yesterday.
The renter's levy the cabinet wants to introduce should be of a temporary nature, according to Labour Party senator Duivesteijn to the Senate. He is considering submitting a motion about the subject. The voice of the Labour Party is crucial for the government.
A proposal by the Labour Party and the ChristenUnie, to raise the income threshold for social housing, has been adopted by the House Tuesday.
The round-up of some of this week’s most noteworthy events and news stories features: two mechanics killed in a fire in a wind turbine, the Filipino Sweety attracts a thousand child molesters, an F-16 damages a control tower, eight police officers injured by soccer fans, Labour support for F-35 purchases, and the permanent Body World's exhibition.
The Labour Party said it supports the government’s decision to purchase 37 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (JSF), Nos television reports Wednesday.
The council of Amsterdam-Zuidoost wants the Sinterklaasintocht in the district not be granted a permit. The council adopted a motion of the Labour Party in which the district council is called upon to refrain from an entry with Black Peter.
The Amerfoort Labour councilor Ramon Smits Alvarez is now internationally registered as missing.
Labour leader Diederik Samsom is facing tough times. Recently two Labour MPs resigned in a time that the party has to make difficult choices. The newest poll shows that the Dutch citizens have not much trust in the Labour party.
PvdA Myrthe Hilkens resigns as Member of Parliament. She is in a short time the second PvdA MP that leaves the House.
Hilkens says in a statement, which was sent to the ANP: "I resign as of today as member of the House. The way I want to give meaning to my ideals is, unfortunately, not consistent with the way in which I can do politics. That's why I choose to devote my time for socially relevant issues, outside the House. I do not know exactly what I am going to do, but I decline for the non-activity allowance."
Labour leader Diederik Samsom is going to divorce. He confirmed this to NRC Handelsblad.
"Unfortunately, life is not always as expected. This is a very profound and sad turn of events, " said Samson.
Samsom involved his family emphatically in his political career. In interviews he often talked about his two children, who are an important source of inspiration for him. His wife figured with his children in a campaign commercial for the parliamentary elections.
Former Labour leader Ad Melkert is open to a more active role in politics. A return to the Binnenhof, which he left in 2002 after the election defeat of the Labour Party and the rise of Pim Fortuyn, Melkert sees as a possibility, he said on Monday during an interview with The Press of Wegener.
He does not see the Hague politics as a 'no-go area'. "Politics, national or international, has always fascinated me in the way how the public interest can be served. Politics needs people who are not afraid to take responsibility.”