Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs survived a motion of no confidence in a parliamentary debate on Wednesday about statements he made on multicultural societies. Many opposition parties voted against him, but he still has the support of the coalition, NU.nl reports.
Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs is facing the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, on Wednesday to discuss statements he made about multicultural societies and Suriname. While the coalition parties support Blok, the opposition parties want him to prove that he can still fulfill his role as Foreign Minister after insulting a number of countries.
GroenLinks leader Jesse Klaver called on Prime Minister Mark Rutte to distance himself from statements Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs made about multiculturalism. In an open letter to the Prime Minister, Klaver said he can't understand why Rutte hasn't yet done so, NOS reports.
A massive 40 percent of Dutch-Turks and Dutch-Moroccans don't feel at home in the Netherlands, according to a study by social and cultural planning office SCP. They are particularly concerned about their employment prospects in the country and regularly experience discrimination, Het Parool reports.
The SCP analyzed multiple other studies in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary election and came to this conclusion.
More than 100 Dutch celebrities, including directors, actors and athletes, wrote an open letter to broadcaster NTR on Friday asking that the appearance of controversial Sinterklaas character Zwarte Piet be updated to fit a multicultural society, NRC reports based on the letter in its possession.
The VVD is submitting a proposal to change the law so that religious groups are no longer protected from criminal prosecution. In this way Salafist organizations can be acted against, VVD leader Halbe Zijlstra said in an interview with Dutch newspaper Trouw.
Two elementary schools in Amsterdam Zuid, each with predominately darker-skinned students, are planning to send their pupils on the streets of Amsterdam wearing bright white t-shirts with the slogan, "Is this white enough for you?" written on them. The blunt message is meant to raise awareness for the schools, while encouraging more white parents to enroll their children at the two locations.