PVV leader Geert Wilders fired Géza Hegedüs as faction leader in Rotterdam on Friday after it was revealed that he expressed support for Holocaust denier David Irving in 2014. This happened just one day after Wilders announced Hegedüs' appointment, overshadowing the PVV's participation in the municipal elections in Rotterdam.
Rotterdam opened a special "neighborhood" where people who cause a lot of trouble to their neighbors will go to learn how to behave. The "Skaeve Huse" consists of 11 container homes on an industrial estate near the airport. While living there, counselors will attempt to teach people accused of being difficult residents how to behave more responsibly so that they can move back into normal neighborhoods, NOS reports.
The Rotterdam coalition of Leefbaar Rotterdam, CDA and D66 no longer has the support of a majority of city councilors as councilor Mohammed Anfal switched from Leefbaar to Islam inspired party NIDA. Party leader Nourdin el Ouali announced the switch to NRC on Monday evening. The city council will discuss the consequences of the switch in an emergency debate on Thursday. Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb is meeting party leaders to talk about it today, according to AD.
Political party Leefbaar Rotterdam plans to give some 40 thousand employed Rotterdam residents with a low income a 'work bonus' of 50 euros. A number of other parties in the city are critical of the plan, calling it an election stunt and stigmatizing to people living on welfare, NOS reports.
Rotterdam launched a campaign against forced marriages on Wednesday. The campaign consists of a number of posters of all kinds of people kissing, with a simple message: In the Netherlands you choose your own partner.
Leefbaar Rotterdam alderman Ronald Schneider hung the first poster on Wednesday. "I live in Rotterdam-Zuid, where I sometimes see couples secretly holding hands against the quay wall", he said to RTV Rijnmond. "This is the Netherlands in 2017. It can not be that a girl and a boy of around 20 should still secretly hold each others and?"
The PVV is turning its attention to local governments. Next year the anti-Islam party wants to participate in municipal elections in Rotterdam, Enschede, Almelo, Twenterand and Urk, party leader Geert Wilders announced on Twitter on Saturday. The party will also participate in The Hague and Almere.
Until now the PVV was only represented in the city councils of The Hague and Almere, according to the Volkskrant. But in December the party announced a change in strategy. The PVV wants to be part of at least five to ten municipalities per province.
On Sunday night the police removed large posters showing Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan from the facade of a building in Rotterdam. A police spokespersons stated that the posters were removed at the request of Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb after information was received that public order may be compromised, NU.nl reports.
The PVV hopes to take many voters from local parties in the municipal elections in 2018, leader Geert Wilders said in a interview with AD over the weekend. Many local parties aren't too worried about this strategy, Trouw reports after speaking to them.'
The PVV shares views with many local parties, Wilders said in the interview. "We already hear of people who want to change", he said. So far the far-right party was only active in The Hague and Almere. "But people want more. I notice that there is a need."
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
Vandalism in Rotterdam around New Year's cost the municipality at least half a million euros. This includes some 340 thousand euros and damages and costs in cleanup and repairs
The Rotterdam-Zuid community center De Put has denied Islamic-movement Hizb ut-Tahrir permission to give a lecture on Friday.
According to Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb, everyone should be searched during preventive frisk-actions, including grannies.
Leefbaar Rotterdam is advocating for forced contraception for women who should better not have children due to their addiction, mental illness or mental disability.
Aldermen and Mayors of 24 municipalities in The Netherlands have sent a letter to the State Secretary of Economic Affairs, Sharon Dijksma (PvdA) asking for urgency in the matter of banning wild animals from circuses.
Rotterdam's municipal ombudsman, Anne Mieke Zwaneveld published a report today, illuminating the number of problems in the city's social services. She states that in 20 percent of cases, the term for requesting benefits are exceeded, 30 percent of phone calls aren't answered and 20 percent of clients are not called back, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
Harbor bosses in Rotterdam's port are worried about the effect that the trade war against Russia will have on Dutch business. The Russian Shtandart oil terminal deal in the Rotterdam harbor is at the brink of collapse, which the harbor managers say is bad news for the city.
Rotterdam's plans for a Container Town where the city's asocial families will be placed is meant to serve as a harmless solution to a nuisance problem. According to experts, however, such 'aso-villages' won't solve anything.
The city of Rotterdam is planning to construct an area outside the city in which asocial families will be placed in twenty containers. Leader of Leefbaar Rotterdam, Joost Eerdmans, says that families who are "too intelligent for the psychiatric clinic, not criminal enough for jail, but too dangerous for the neighborhood" will be made to live in this Container Town.
The next Rotterdam city council will be governed by a coalition of D66, CDA and nationalist party Leefbaar Rotterdam. It marks the first time Leefbaar Rotterdam has been a coalition member since the murder of popular party founder Pim Fortuyn twelve years ago.
Municipal councils throughout the country got an extreme makeover at the local elections Wednesday. The CDA is still the biggest party, but the PvdA and the VVD have had to swallow big losses as they saw their leading positions slip away in many places.
"Vote for change tomorrow! Vote Leefbaar Rotterdam!" says an ad that appeared on the front page of the Rotterdam edition of the 'Metro' today. The ad was placed by mistake, calling people to cast their votes for Leefbaar Rotterdam on Thursday, March 20, instead of today.
Livable Rotterdam (Leefbaar Rotterdam) is being accused of racism by local Muslim movement Nida.
The mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb is in for a second term as mayor for the port city. He says this in a documentary that RTV Rijnmond reporter Justus Cooiman made about him. Aboutaleb is now almost five years mayor. Next year the council decides whether he may remain in this position.
The construction of a new stadium for Feyenoord in Rotterdam, seems not going to happen. Leefbaar Rotterdam, the largest opposition party in the city council that a decisive say in this matter, is against the plans.
The 14 members of Leefbaar Rotterdam in the council will vote on Thursday unanimously against the construction. Ronald Schneider, leader of the group in the council, announced that on Wednesday night in the television show Toggle & Van den Brink, after the group there spoke earlier that evening about the subject.
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