VVD

Jun 4 '18 12:20

Over two months after the municipal elections in March, Rotterdam still doesn't have a new city government. Coalition talks now started between the VVD, D66, GroenLinks, PvdA and ChristenUnie-SGP. Leefbaar Rotterdam, which came out as the biggest party in the city after the elections, is not part of the negotiations, NOS reports.

The six parties together have 23 seats on the municipal council, the smallest possible majority on a council with 45 seats. Previous negotiations stranded when GroenLinks, PvdA and D66 could not agree to forming a coalition with Leefbaar and VVD.

Family runs from cheetahs after getting out of their car in Beekse Bergen
May 11 '18 15:00

Dutch parliamentarians are flabbergasted by an incident in safari park Beekse Bergen in Hilarenbeek this weekend. A French family, including a young child, got out of their car to take photos of sunbathing cheetahs and Another visitor to the park filmed the incident and posted it on YouTube.

Amsterdam Centrum
May 3 '18 16:50

Amsterdam alderman Pieter Litjen's (VVD) plan t was met by confusion and outrage from national politicians. The national VVD is also morally opposed to this plan, AD reports.

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Apr 26 '18 08:20

The entire opposition, with the exception of the SGP, supported a motion of censure against Prime Minister Mark Rutte in a parliamentary debate about secret memos surrounding the Rutte III government's decision to abolish dividend tax, NU.nl reports.

Mark Rutte
Apr 25 '18 09:37

Officials from the Ministry of Finance expressed serious doubts about the abolition of the dividend tax during the Rutte III government formation, according to that the government released under pressure on Tuesday, AD reports.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima at the National Commemoration on Amsterdam's Dam Square, Remembrance Day 2014
Apr 25 '18 08:34

Action group Geen 4 mei voor mij is planning a noise protest during the national commemoration for World War II victims on Amsterdam's Dam square on Remembrance Day, May 4th. 

Mark Rutte
Apr 20 '18 10:57

During the government formation, documents were drawn up about the controversial abolition of the dividend tax - tax companies pay on profits paid out to shareholders, the Ministry of Finance confirmed to Trouw. Previously Prime Minster Mark Rutte said that the party leaders do not recall the existence of such documents, NU.nl reports.

The Ministry of Finances refuses to make the documents public, Trouw writes.

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Apr 17 '18 11:40

Mitchel van der K., a local VVD politician from Almere and former editor for men's website Manners, hacked over 100 women, including vlogger Laura Ponticorvo and some of his colleagues, RTL Nieuws reports based on anonymous sources.

Several women filed charges with the police. According to the broadcaster, Van der K. looked for passwords on leaked databases and used them to try and break into the women's accounts. 

Data theft
Apr 5 '18 15:00

The four parties in the Dutch government are willing to consider adapting the new law for the intelligence and security services. Responsible Minister Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs will soon present a number of proposals for amendments, sources told BNR.

Police
Apr 4 '18 09:50

The Dutch police team focused on investigating child pornography is so overworked and understaffed that thousands of child pornography reports go un-investigated, RTL Nieuws reports The Public Prosecutor, police unions, and victim lawyers call for police capacity to be increased.

Police
Mar 30 '18 08:30

The brother of key witness Nabil B., who was shot and killed in Amsterdam on Thursday morning, chose not to accept all the protection measures the Dutch authorities offered him, spokesperson Ties Kortman of the Public Prosecutor said, according to newspaper AD. 

Firecracker
Mar 29 '18 12:10

It seems unlikely that a before New Year's will be implemented. A majority in parliament is against the plan, doubting how effective it will be in reducing the number of fireworks incidents in the Netherlands every New Year's, NOS reports after speaking with sources around the government.

Newborn-Baby-Feet
Mar 28 '18 07:38

Adopted children from Sri Lanka and Indonesia filed a lawsuit against the Dutch government over errors in their adoption procedures in the 1980's. They want the government to compensate the high costs they're incurring in the search for their origin and biological parents, according to a Zembla broadcast on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.

Last year Zembla reported that adoption files of children from Sri Lanka and Indonesia, among others, were falsified on a large scale and that biological parents did not always give their child up voluntarily. 

An Amsterdam ballot for the municipal elections, 21 March 2018
Mar 23 '18 11:40

The final results for Amsterdam's municipal elections are in. , with 10 city council seats. And four parties will enter the Amsterdam city council for the first time - newcomers DENK, Bij1 and FVD, and ChristenUnie, AT5 and Het Parool report.

The seats in Amsterdam's city council are divided as follows:

Jesse Klaver
Mar 22 '18 11:10

GroenLinks won big in the municipal elections and is now the largest party in cities like Amsterdam and Utrecht. With all votes in 325 out of 335 municipalities counted, it seems almost certain that the CDA will remain the biggest party in the Netherlands, RTL Nieuws reports.

CDA, VVD and ChristenUnie campaign banners in Ermelo, 22 March 2018
Mar 22 '18 08:08

With 97 percent of votes counted, it is clear that local parties received the most votes in the municipal elections on Wednesday. The VVD and CDA are neck-on-neck to become the biggest national party, with the liberals leading by a hair, according to ANP's election service.

The results for 7,500 council seats are known so far, NU.nl reports. 55 percent of voters voted in the municipal election, a slightly higher turnout compared to 54 percent in the previous municipal elections four years ago. 

Mark Rutte
Mar 16 '18 16:20

Prime Minister Mark Rutte is not available to succeed Donald Tusk when his term as EU president ends next year, the Prime Minister said on Friday, NOS reports

On Friday morning Rutte's VVD colleague Frits Bolkestein said to the Volkskrant that Rutte would do well to succeed Tusk. According to the former European Commissioner, it is in the interests of the Netherlands for Rutte to accept this "crucial function" in the European Union. He also said that Rutte as "binding figure" has the capacity to fill this difficult role

Spark building in Sloterdijk in Amsterdam
Mar 16 '18 09:08

European Parliament approved the, on the condition that the authorities report on the progress of the construction of the new EMA office on Zuidas every quarter, ANP reports.

Dutch voter in Amsterdam at 2017 Netherlands parliamentary election
Mar 13 '18 09:48

With just a week to go until the municipal elections, both the D66 and GroenLinks have a solid chance to become the biggest party in Amsterdam. Both parties currently stand at 17 percent of Amsterdam votes - good for 9 seats in the city council, according to a poll by Maurice de Hond of Peil.nl, Het Parool reports.

Nine seats is an increase of three seats for GroenLinks, and a loss of 5 seats for the D66.The party that comes out the biggest after the municipal election on March 21st can take the lead in forming a new coalition.

A plane approaches Schiphol Airport
Mar 9 '18 12:39

Departing Schiphol CEO Jos Nijhuis is facing a storm of criticism from politicians after he said that otherwise Schiphol's board will have more women than men.

Amsterdam
Mar 7 '18 14:00

Eleven Amsterdam political parties signed an agreement on Tuesday night aimed at strengthening the interests of the Jewish community in the Dutch capital. "With this agreement the parties state that the city will cherish its Jewish history and will care for its Jewish inhabitants", Ruben Vis, secretary of the organization for Jewish municipalities NIK and initiator of this agreement, said, Het Parool reports. 

EUvsDisinfo
Mar 6 '18 08:44

The Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, wants to get rid of the European Commission's task force against spreading fake news, the so-called EUvsDisinfo. This follows the task force naming a number of Dutch news services as spreaders of fake news, Het Parool reports.

The Dutch news services involved are NPO Radio 1, the Gelderlander, GeenStijl and The Post Online. According to the task force, pro-Russian propaganda gained the upper hand in a few reports from these organizations.

Mar 5 '18 13:40

More voters plan to vote for a local party in the upcoming municipal elections than did in 2014, according to a poll by Maurice de Hond. In the previous municipal elections 27 percent of voters voted local, now 30 percent say they plan to vote for a local party on March 21st.

This is especially striking because more national parties are participating in more municipalities this year. 

Stef_Blok_2015_(1)
Mar 5 '18 07:18

Stef Blok will be appointed the new Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Telegraaf reports on Monday. He is expected to be sworn in on Friday.

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