The 10 biggest news stories on in 2015

125.000 zonnebloemen voor van Gogh.Terrorism and the refugee crisis dominated the news in the Netherlands this year, particularly in the second half. Here are the most read news stories on in 2015.

1 The time is right to wipe out Isis, says Rotterdam’s Muslim mayor
Ahmed Aboutaleb’s fury in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks draws the biggest readership of the year.

2 More Dutch cities join in basic income experiment
Local councils are still waiting for government permission to change the way the unemployed are supported financially.

3 Green light for driving instructors who accept sex for lessons
A bizarre story which went global, even though nothing illegal is involved.

4 Court overturns Dutch data retention law, privacy is more important
A major blow for the government’s plans to force internet providers to keep their clients’ phone, internet and email details.

5 Dutch journalist buys fake Syrian passport with prime minister’s photo
An undercover reporter shows how easy it is to get ID to enter Europe.

6 Amsterdam’s Van Gogh museum amazes with sunflower labyrinth
A maze made out of thousands of sunflowers welcomed visitors to the revamped Van Gogh museum.

7 French commandos free Dutch hostage held in Mali for 3.5 years
Sjaak Rijke was seized in Timbuktu together with a Swede and a South African by Islamic terrorists in 2011 and freed in a surprise raid.

8 Gay refugees placed in separate accommodation after attacks
Amsterdam opts to put several gay refugees in separate housing after they were attacked in a city refugee centre. Central government disagrees.

9 One killed as summer storm sweeps across the Netherlands
Winds of up to 120 kph battered the Netherlands in July, in what has been a year of weather extremes.

10 Feyenoord fans fined €45,000 ahead of Roma match
Eight fans were fined for vandalism in fast track court hearings ahead of the game, but the dispute over who should pay for the damage in the pre-match riots rumbled on.

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