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Diederik Samsom campaigning for the PvdA in Amsterdam in 2012, with Lodewijk Asscher (holding a microphone)
Dec 2 '16 09:40

The election for PvdA leadership between curent leader Diederik Samsom and current Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher, is coming down to a neck-on-neck race. Samsom has the support of some 47 percent of PvdA members and 44 percent support Asscher, according to a survey by EenVandaag among 600 members.

The other 9 percent don't know who they'll vote for yet. PvdA members can vote for their new leader until December 8th. 

Geert Wilders
Dec 2 '16 07:41

In 2009 and 2010 intelligence service AIVD investigated PVV leader Geert Wilders' contacts in Israel, the Volkskrant reports based on its own research. The AIVD was concerned about Wilders' loyalty and that he was possibly being influenced by Israel, according to the newspaper.

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Dec 1 '16 11:15

Ban foreign funding for political parties in the Netherlands, DENK parliamentarian Selcuk Ozturk proposed on Wednesday. According to him, this is the most effective way to make sure Dutch politicians aren't influenced by foreign sources, Nederlands Dagblad reports

"Of the PVV is known that there are lines with financiers from the U.S." Ozturk said in a statement. "In that manner the PVV is possibly the long arm of foreign interest groups. Also with the Ukraine referendum there was possible foreign interference."

Woman wearing a burqa
Nov 29 '16 19:57

A controversial , veils, and other “face-covering clothing” from some Dutch public institutions was approved by a majority of parliament on Tuesday. The motion passed by a show of hands, the lower house of parliament confirmed, and will head to the senate for approval.

Vaccination
Nov 25 '16 08:23

A majority in parliament thinks that parents have the right to know if their kids are attending daycare with children and babies that haven't been vaccinated. Then parens can decide whether they want to take the risk of infectious disease or move theri child elsewhere, AD reports.

The PvdA, CDA, D66, GroenLinks and PVV all voted in favor of this proposal. They are concerned because fewer people are vaccinating their children.

Woman wearing a burqa
Nov 24 '16 08:32

A majority in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, voted for a government in certain public spaces. If you do not comply with this "burka ban", you risk a fine of 450 euros, NU.nl reports.

Geert Wilders
Nov 23 '16 14:54

Far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders, on trial for hate speech, said he has a responsibility to pointedly address the problems he sees in Dutch society no matter how sensitive the topic. “I’m still here. I’m never giving up,” Wilders said in court as part of his closing statement.

Nov 23 '16 10:21

Geert Wilders can partly thank the current against him to a legislative proposal he himself supported in 2005, according to professor of sanction law Henny Sackers. In 2005 the Public Prosecutor filed a motion to increase prosecutioin and punishment for hate speech, racism and discrimination - and Wilders supported it, the Volkskrant reports.

DENK Sylvana Simons Kuzu
Nov 23 '16 08:36

A 37-year-old man from Kudelstaart was arrested on suspicion of making and posting a threatening video online about politician Sylvana Simons. The man turned himself in at a police station on Tuesday and he is being questioned, the Amsterdam police announced.

In the video Simons, who is a candidate parliamentarian for new party DENK, is portrayed as the victim of a racist lynching. Her face was photoshopped onto the bodies of lynched black Americans. 

Wilders
Nov 22 '16 08:36

Geert Wilders will attend at least one hearing in the hate-speech trial currently ongoing against him. On Twitter he announced that he will make use of his right to have the final word in what he calls the "trial against freedom of expression". The PVV leader will have his chance to speak on Wednesday, NOS reports.

Nov 21 '16 13:25

Both the PVV and 50Plus gained popularity this past week in Maurice de Hond's latest poll. The PVV now stands at 30 virtual seats, putting Geert Wilders' party 4 seats ahead of the VVD. 50Plus now stands at 11 seats, giving the party for the elderly more seats than the PvdA, wich stands at 10.

According to Het Parool, this is the first time since 2013 that 50Plus is doing so well on the polls. 

Geert Wilders
Nov 18 '16 16:00

The Public Prosecutor abused its power by charging Geert Wilders with hate speech, according to the PVV leader's lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops in court on Friday. According to the lawyer, the Prosecutor charged Wilders because he doesn't like Wilders' beliefs, not because theya re punishable, Telegraaf reporter Saskia Belleman tweets live from within the court room.

Lady Justice (Photo: Roland Zumbuehl/Wikimedia Commons)
Nov 17 '16 12:44

The Public Prosecutor demanded a fine of 5 thousand euros against PVV leader Geert Wilders for hate speech and incitement in the high security court at Schiphol on Thursday, according to Telegraaf reporter Saskia Belleman tweeting live from the courtroom. 

Nov 15 '16 10:05

About 40 Dutch-Moroccans had the chance to demand compensation from Geert Wilders in court on Monday as the continued. According to the aggrieved parties, Wilders is responsible for the acceptance of discrimination in the Netherlands, AD reports.

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Nov 9 '16 16:10

PVV leader Geert Wilders thinks that Donald Trump'swill change the way politics work forever. "Politics will never be the same, take it from me", he said to NOS. 

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Nov 9 '16 09:21

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 , left-wing politicians in The Hague are shocked.

Wilders
Nov 9 '16 07:30

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.

Gavel (Source: Wikimedia/Brian Turner)
Nov 7 '16 09:08

Judge Elianne van Rens will remain on the hate speech trial against PVV leader Geert Wilders. On Friday the court rejected the Wilders' lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops filed against her, the Volkskrant reports. 

Wilders
Nov 4 '16 16:15

Judge Elianne van Rens was rude and biased towards expert witness for the defense Paul Cliteur on Thursday in the hate speech trial against Geert Wilders, the PVV leaders' lawyer Gert-Jan Knoops said on Friday. She therefore has to be removed from the case, the lawyer defended his recusal request, the Volkskrant reports. 

Gavel (Source: Wikimedia/Brian Turner)
Nov 4 '16 07:56

At the request of Geert Wilders, lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops announced a recusal request against one of the judges in the. In court on Thursday Knoops announced that they want judge Elianne van Rens removed from the case because Wilders believes her biased, the Volkskrant reports.

Wilders
Nov 3 '16 14:50

PVV leader Geert Wilders' statements calling for "fewer Moroccans" while campaigning in The Hague in 2014, were not incitement to discrimination, but a "proposal for immigration restriction", Pau Cliteur said as expert witness for the defense in court on Wednesday, NOS reports.

Elderly Hospital
Nov 2 '16 14:10

Parliamentarians are furious about reports that residents of nursing home Grootenhoek in Hellevoetsluis only have three scheduled visits to the bathroom per day. The VVD plans to write a letter to State Secretary Martin van Rijn of Public Health before the day is out, NOS reports.

RTV Rijnmond reported on Tuesday that at least one resident of the nursing home had to sign an agreement on when he will go to the bathroom. His bathroom visits are at 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. According to his family, visiting the bathroom more often than this is very hard for him to do.

Nov 1 '16 08:35

PVV leader Geert Wilders is pressing charges of sedition and threats against former board member fo the PvdA in Valkenburg Jack Kicken, L1 reports.

On Monday, during the first day of the hate speech trial against Wilders, Kicken tweeted: "Just hang Wilders, then we're easily rid of that guy." He apologized for the tweet a few hours later, saying that it was only "symbolic".

Wilders still decided to press charges, according to L1

Wilders
Oct 31 '16 07:49

The criminal trial against PVV leader Geert Wilders starts in the high security court at Schiphol today. Wilders is facing over statements he made about Moroccans while campaigning in The Hague in 2014.

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