The municipality of Binnenmaas, Zuid-Holland has banned two works created by artist Dirk Hardy. The student of Academie Willem de Kooning in Rotterdam was invited by the municipality to exhibit his work at the town hall. While most work will be displayed as planned, the church has classified two pieces as "hurtful" and unsuitable for the public building.
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.