The PVV's leader in Utrecht Henk van Deún is planning to meet the leadership of the Ulu mosque in order to apologize for his statements made on Monday evening. On a radio interview he said he would "rather see the mosque burn down" in reply to a fellow local politician saying it should be a symbol for the city.
In 2017 the Dutch traveled more than in 2016, especially abroad, a new study from NBTC-NIPO shows. The research, on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that more than 13 million Dutch, 82% of the total population, went on holiday at least once during 2017. That's around 250,000 more compared to 2016.
Last year 16.8 billion Euros were spent in total on holidays in and out of the Nehterlands, which is 1 billion Euros more than 2016.
In a significant part of the Netherlands temperatures dropped below zero early Monday morning. Temperatures dipped down to -3 degrees Celsius in the north, -1 in the center and 2 degrees in the south, together with a moderate northeastern wind that was relatively strong at the seaside. Meteorologists from weather website Buienradar predicted the overnight wind chill would make it feel as if it were 10 degrees below zero.
After a brief 24-hour respite, very windy weather is expected to return to the Netherlands on Thursday afternoon, causing a challenging rush hour period in Rotterdam, Leiden, Den Haag, and Maastricht. The wind adds an extra problem where a regional public transportation strike is in effect through 11 p.m.
Public transportation in the Netherlands was seriously disrupted Thursday morning after regional transit workers walked off the job at 4 a.m. in a one-day strike. The labour action is meant to call attention to what the workers have called unreasonable work pressure, and a pay raise that is capped 40 percent lower than what the bus drivers and train conductors wanted.
With the first storm of the year hitting the Netherlands today, the first storm damage reports of the year are also coming in. According to Weerplaza, a gust of 141 kilometers per hour was measured in Vlissingen early on Wednesday morning. The storm is expected to peak between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Dutch labor union FNV has announced a massive regional transit strike scheduled to take place on Thursday that will shut down many public transportation routes including tram lines in Utrecht. The planned action is because workers could not get guarantees to reduce job stress, and a proposed salary increase is smaller than demanded.
There were no major incidents during New Year's celebrations across the Netherlands, according to initial reports from regional emergency services. So far only Rotterdam reports a sharp increase in the number of incidents.
Bakkerij Klootwijk on Poolsterstaat in Rotterdam was named the bakery that makes the best oliebollen this year in AD's annual Oliebollen Test. "Even superlatives do not express the taste sufficiently. World class. A deep bow for the bakers team of Klootwijk", the AD testers write about the bakery's oliebollen.
After years of significant increases, the levels of traffic jams in the Netherlands remained almost stable this year. The level of traffic jams is calculated by multiplying the length of the traffic jam with its time duration, according to NOS. Last year this increased by 12 percent compared to 2015. This year it increased by only 0.6 percent, the broadcaster reports.
On Wednesday the court in Utrecht banned motorcycle gang Bandidos in the Netherlands. The judge ruled that the club constitutes a threat to public order and that justifies a civil law ban. The club will be disbanded, ANP reports.
The number of existing homes sold in the Netherlands started slowly declining over the past months, after a peak of 25,280 homes sold in December last year, Financieele Dagblad reports based on figures from the Land Registry.
An 81-year-old woman was hit by a stray bullet while sleeping in her bed on Japuradreef in the Utrecht neighborhood of Overvecht just after midnight on Monday. The bullet was fired "probably with automatic firearms" in a shooting that left two other men injured, one of them seriously, the police said in a statement on Monday.
Two men were injured in a shooting in Utrecht just after midnight on Monday. Both victims were taken to hospital. One of them has "serious injuries", the Utrecht police said on Twitter. The perpetrator is still at large.
The shooting happened around 00:20 a.m. n Sabadreef. Multiple shots were fired. The perpetrator fled in a car. The police are investigating what happened and speaking to witnesses. According to newspaper AD, at least 28 bullet casings were found after the shooting.
A majority in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, voted for allowing municipalities to ban scooters from bicycle paths. Amsterdam already has a detailed plan ready for such a ban, and expects to be able to implement it, in combination with an obligation to wear a helmet on the road, by the middle of next year, the Volkskrant reports.
After more than 75 years the daughter and the granddaughter of a lost Soviet soldier have discovered that he is buried in Leusden, Utrecht. The Second World War soldier, Aleksej Andrejevitsj Andrejev, was found in the Russisch Ereveld, where 865 war victims from the former Soviet Union are buried, the foundation in charge of the Russisch Ereveld announced.
Geert Wilders' anti-Islam party PVV will definitely be taking part in the municipal elections in Rotterdam and Utrecht next year. The PVV planned to participate in 60 municipalities in the upcoming elections, but that did not work out. The party could not find enough good candidates, according to NOS.
The municipality of Utrecht discovered an unlicensed shopping mall in a parking garage in Utrecht Overvecht on Wednesday, the municipality said in a statement. 77 storage units in the garage were being used for business purposes. The municipality found six sisha lounges, several garage companies, multiple goods repair shops, a gym and a hair salon.
The Dutch police is preparing to test an app that will show officers if a certain car was previously pulled over by another officer, and whether anything was found during that check. This is one of the measures the police want to implement to prevent ethnic profiling and people with an immigration background being pulled over more often, NOS reports.
All train traffic to and from both Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam Centraal was halted Monday evening as snow continuously fell upon the region beginning just after noon. Hundreds of passengers were stranded at the airport, according to local broadcaster AT5. Large lines formed at the taxi rank there, while wait times for Uber vehicles was in the double digits.
The airport was setting up cots for people forced to sleep at the airport, broadcaster NOS reported.
Primary schools in the Dutch countryside achieve better results on their final tests than those in the city areas, according to RTL Nieuws' annual school study. The 890 primary schools in the Netherlands' most urban areas scored an average of 6.93. The 1,511 primary schools in the least urban areas scored an average of 7.05.
The government should ban bangers and rockets, the Dutch Safety Board said in a report on New Year's fireworks that will be published later today, RTL Nieuws reports. According to the board, the risks involved in New Year's celebrations are unacceptably high.
As the investigation into Anne Faber's murder continues, the police are getting an increasingly clear picture of what happened to the 25-year-old Utrecht woman in the time between when she left home to go cycling on September 29th and when her body was found on October 12th. Murder suspect Michael P. told the police that he crossed paths with Anne when he crashed into her with his scooter, according to the Telegraaf.
Road users should expect a very busy rush hour on Monday morning. No train traffic is possible on one of the busiest routes in the country, due to maintenance work that is taking longer than expected. And rain and wind will only add to the problems.