The city of Amsterdam is following Utrecht's example and turning the toilets in its city hall "gender neutral". A majority of the Amsterdam city council supported the SP's call to do so
Dutch parliamentarians reacted shocked and horrified to the attack in Nice, France on Thursday that left at least 84 people dead and hundreds injured. The first of the victims have been identified. So far none of the victims are Dutch and no Dutch have been reported missing
Dutch parliamentarians are worrying about the Brexit-fever spreading to the Netherlands as the Binnenhof anxiously awaits the results on the British referendum on whether or not the United Kingdom will stay in the European Union
The opening of a Weapon Sales Fair in the Rai in Amsterdam on Wednesday will be met by protests from action group Stop Wapenhandel (Stop Arms Trade in English). The fair runs from June 21st to 23rd
From next year the basic health insurance will only reimburse breast implants for transgender women without any breast growth at all, according to a letter from Health Minister Edith Schippers. This means that transgender women whose sex-change hormone therapy triggered any breast growth at all, no matter how minimal, will not be reimbursed for breast enlargement
Mark Meijer, CDA councilor in Kerkrade, spent a night in jail this weekend because he stole some alcohol and pillows during the Pinkpop festival in Landgraaf over this weekend, the Telegraaf reports based on information from those involved.
A recent study by Radboud University Nijmegen that concluded that regulating cannabis cultivation could improve human rights is no reason for the Netherlands to change its policy on marijuana, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice said in response to questions from the D66
A massive 64 percent of Dutch voters think that ethnic profiling by the police is acceptable if it is done to fight crime, according to the latest poll by Maurice de Hond
A majority in Dutch parliament wants more money to be made available to give asylum children language lessons for two years, instead of the current one year
Anti-Islam party PVV is losing popularity in the latest poll on Peilingwijzer. While Geert Wilders' party is still the largest party with between 29 and 33 virtual parliamentary seats, the party is now five seats lower than at its peak in January
The lower house of Dutch parliament mostly approves of the agreements the Euro-countries reached on debt relief for Greece, NU.nl reports after talking to the parliamentary parties.
Dutch parliamentarians are shocked by the critical report on detective skills and capabilities in the police, which was presented to them on Thursday. They call for immediate action to rectify the problem
Dutch parliamentarians are positive about the D66's legislative proposal to automatically give unmarried fathers who acknowledge their child, parental rights for that child.
Political parties will be stricter in screening potential parliamentarians for the upcoming elections, numerous parties told newspaper AD. They hope to avoid the numerous split offs and scandals that occurred in the current parliament.
There is a risk of a new financial bubble due to the low interest rates, the Dutch association of investment companies NVP warns.
SP councilor Tiers Bakker and residents' association Ikbenamsterdam launched an online petition to fight against Amsterdam's plans to turn bridge-keeper's homes in the city into small hotel rooms.
A lobbying document Shell caused some serious irritation among Dutch parliamentarians. The oil and gas giant writes that the reduction in gas extraction in Groningen threatens the "economic base" of the plan to strengthen homes in the earthquake zone. Unacceptable blackmail, according to SP province director Eelco Eikenaar.
The Turkish consulate in Rotterdam stated on Thursday night that an email sent to Turkish-Dutch asking them to report incidents in which Turkey or its president are insulted, was a misunderstanding caused by an employee that made a mistake. A majority in parliament finds this explanation insufficient and are demanding further clarification
Dutch politicians are outraged by a letter sent out by Turkey’s consulate in Rotterdam calling for Turkish organizations to report people who insult the country’s leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The head of state is targeting thousands of people in Turkey for prosecution, accused of insulting him, while the Dutch parliament is moving to end a ban criminalizing any affront to a friendly nation’s leader.
A majority of the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, wants to make it illegal to have sex with prostitutes that were forced into the profession. Though the parties are still quibbling on how exactly to word such a legislative proposal
A motion to get rid of a Netherlands law that makes insulting a friendly head of state a criminal offense, received quite a bit of support in the Tweede Kamer - the lower house of Dutch Parliament - on Friday
A majority in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, wants to hold a parliamentary inquiry to gain more information on what is going on in the Panama Papers. The parliamentarians want to know more about tax structures that run through the Netherlands.
Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health wants to ban non-disclosure contracts in health care. Such contracts should never prevent patients or families to report problems, according to her.
Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice is again facing criticism from opposition parties in Parliament, this time over a never-realized cooperation task force between the Netherlands and Turkey aimed at addressing jihadists and foreign rebel fighters in the Syrian civil war