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Clyde Van Putten
Oct 18 '17 10:00

Sint Eustatius politician Clyde van Putten apologized for in a speech he made last week. Van Putten said that his previous comments were reprehensible and that he does not want to call for violence. Though he added that his comments were taken out of context by people "with a political agenda" to damage his reputation, NOS reports.

Dutch marines deliver emergency relief to Dominica after Hurricane Maria, 25 Sept 2017
Oct 13 '17 15:50

Clyde van Putten, leader of political party PLP on the Dutch island of Sint Eustatius, threatened to kill and and burn Dutch soldiers in a speech he made on the island. The Dutch government is going to file a declaration with the police against him, Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations announced, the Telegraaf reports

Mayoral chain
Oct 5 '17 16:50

Nearly a quarter of Dutch mayors have been threatened by criminals, according to a survey of 4 thousand mayors, aldermen and officials by Pro Facto on behalf of the Ministry of Security and Justice. The researchers add that there is no sign of large-scale criminal influence on local governments, NOS reports.

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Sep 27 '17 16:10

Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs decided to put an end to political party SP's unique payroll arrangement in which the salaries of all SP politicians are paid into the party's account. The Minister agreed with the Dutch municipalities and provinces that they will pay SP salaries directly to the politicians, and he will discuss this with the Eerste Kamer and Tweede Kamer as well. The SP itself is furious about this, RTL Nieuws reports.

An USAR team builds a new roof for a Sint Maarten home damaged by hurricane Irma, 20 Sept 2017
Sep 22 '17 09:18

Rebuilding Sint Maarten after the devastation left behind, will cost hundreds of millions of euros at least, Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations said in the Tweede Kamer on Thursday. From next week Friday, the Dutch government will work on starting an aid fund for the island, NU.nl reports.

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Sint Maarten, 7 Sept 2017
Sep 21 '17 15:30

The Dutch government is trying to find shelter for 25 Sint Maarten residents. They flew to the Netherlands and asked for help after destroyed their homes, RTL Nieuws reports.

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Sep 19 '17 11:10

As the time for the Rutte II cabinet to hand over to a new government approaches, the confidence the Dutch public has in the departing government increases. The VVD and PvdA government hasn't enjoyed as much confidence from the voters since its inauguration in 2012, according to EenVandaag's Budget Day poll. The same goes for Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

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Sep 19 '17 09:16

Shocked and sad reactions met Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan's announcement that he is Van der Laan (PvdA) announced on Monday afternoon that he is resigning, based on the advice of his doctors. One Amsterdam city council member described the news as "a punch to the face", RTL Nieuws reports.

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Sep 18 '17 13:20

Rob Verkerk, Commander of the Dutch Armed Forces, and Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs called critical statements by Sint Maarten Prime Minister William Marlin about Dutch soldiers on the island "complete nonsense". In an interview with NRC, Marlin said that Dutch soldiers did nothing to stop

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Sint Maarten, 7 Sept 2017
Sep 15 '17 09:23

At 6:00 a.m. on Friday morning Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations officially launched the national fundraising action for Sint Maarten, Saba and Eustatius, who were all hit by devastating last week. The action "The Netherlands helps Sint Maarten" is a collaboration between the Red Cross and Dutch broadcasters RTL, NPO and SBS.

Sint Maarten after Hurricane Irma, 7 Sept 2017
Sep 12 '17 11:10

Dutch King Willem-Alexander is overwhelmed by the devastation left on Sint Maarten, one of the Caribbean islands that form part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. "I've never seen anything like this, everywhere you look you see destruction and upheaval", the King said from the island on Tuesday, NU.nl reports.

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Sint Maarten, 7 Sept 2017
Sep 12 '17 08:01

King Willem-Alexander and Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations on Monday afternoon, local time. They landed on a battered Princess Juliana International Airport, where they were immediately faced with the devastation Hurricane Irma left in its wake.

Soldiers traveling from Curacao to Sint Maarten to provide support in aftermath of Hurricane Irma, 9 Sept 2017
Sep 11 '17 08:33

King Willem-Alexander will visit Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius and Saba on Monday to see the aftermath of with his own eyes, Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations said on Curacao on Sunday afternoon, ANP reports.

First plane lands at battered Princess Juliana Airport on Sint Maarten after Hurricane Irma, 7 Sept 2017
Sep 8 '17 08:26

The emergency aid for Sint Maarten is finally on its way after caused on Wednesday. A plane managed to land at the battered Princess Juliana International Airport and the first Dutch navy ship unloaded its emergency supplies.

Hurricane Irma passes over the Virgin Islands after Sint Maarten
Sep 7 '17 11:57

The Kingdom of the Netherlands was hit hard by Hurricane Irma, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a press conference after a crisis meeting about emergency relief for the islands of Sint Maarten, Saba and Sint Eustatius on Thursday morning, NU.nl reports. The government is very concerned about Hurricane Jose, which may hit the Dutch islands on Saturday. 

Sint Eustatius after Hurricane Irma, 6 Sept 2017
Sep 7 '17 08:51

The Netherlands islands of Sint Maarten, Saba and Sint Eustatius were struck by on Wednesday. All three islands were hit hard, but Sint Maarten sustained the most damage. As more and more photos and footage surface from the islands, the extent of the damage is becoming clear. 

Suomi NPP/VIIRS satellite view of Hurricane Irma on 03 September 2017
Sep 6 '17 07:43

Hurricane Irma is expected to hit the islands of Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius and Saba, all part of the Dutch Kingdom, at noon on Wednesday (Netherlands time), according to NU.nl. The hurricane is considered a class five hurricane, the fiercest category on the Saffir-Simmpson scale. With wind speeds of 295 kilometers per hour measured, Irma is in the top 5 of fiercest Atlantic hurricanes, RTL Nieuws reports. 

The hurricane will hit Antigua and Barbuda on Wednesday morning. The authorities on the two Caribbean islands called on residents to seek shelter.

Former National Police Chief Gerard Bouman's funeral, 8 Aug 2017
Aug 8 '17 16:20

Former National Police Chief Gerard Bouman was buried in Rotterdam on Tuesday. Hundreds of police officers formed an honor guard along the route Bouman's coffin was taken, NOS reports.

Bouman at the age of 64 from the consequences of a

AIVD office in Zoetermeer
Jul 12 '17 10:41

A majority in the Eerste Kamer, the Dutch Senate, voted for implementing a new that will give the Dutch intelligence services the authority to intercept data on a large scale. The new law was drawn up by Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk and will take effect on January 1st, NOS reports.

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Jul 6 '17 14:15

Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs decided to pull the plug on the modernization of the Basic Registration of Persons (BRP), previously called the population register. According to the Minister, the project turned out to be much more expensive and time-consuming than estimated and is not worth pursuing. He called it a "sad conclusion" on Wednesday night, ANP reports.

Ahmed Marcouch
Jul 4 '17 09:14

Former PvdA parliamentarian Ahmed Marcouch will be the new mayor of Arnhem. The intention is that he will take office on September 1st. The former MP will be succeeding Herman Kaiser, who stepped down on June 1st, NOS reports.

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Jun 20 '17 12:55

A massive 8,700 votes from the municipalities Boxmeer and Bergeijk were not counted in the due to human error at the main polling station in Den Bosch, Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs revealed after receiving a report from Mayor Ton Rombouts, Brabants Dagblad reports.

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Jun 20 '17 08:56

The counting of votes in Dutch elections must be better checked and there must be more transparency into the process, Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs concluded after evaluating the , ANP reports.

Soestdijk Palace
Jun 12 '17 16:20

The consortium Made by Holland that bought the Soestdijk Palace from the Dutch state, plans to turn the palace and estate into "a platform for innovations and excellent entrepreneurship" with exhibitions and events for a broad audience, Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs wrote in a letter to parliament, NRC reports.

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