Monday 22 July 2019

VVD heads six-party provincial government in Gelderland as Forum miss out

VVD heads six-party provincial government in Gelderland as Forum miss out

Six parties have agreed a deal to run Gelderland’s provincial government for the next four years, but nationalist party Forum voor Democratie will not be involved. Forum won eight seats in the regional elections in March, the same number as the VVD, which narrowly topped the poll. The VVD have formed a coalition with CDA, GroenLinks, PvdA, ChristenUnie and SGP. The six parties hold 33 of the 55 seats in Gelderland’s provincial assembly, giving them a comfortable majority. The VVD... More >

Dutch suspend Iraq training mission

The Netherlands has suspended its military training mission to northern Iraq, citing an unidentified ‘risk to security’. A spokesman for the ministry of defence told website that the suspension had been ordered by the commander of the international coalition which is coordinating the training and affects all allies involved in training troops in the area. Germany has already suspended its training missions in Iraq because of the tensions between Iran and the US. The Netherlands has 50 to 60... More >

Ajax win KNVB Cup after 10 year break

A 4-0 win over Willem II of Tilburg gave Amsterdam football club Ajax victory in the Dutch Cup competition for the first time since 2010 on Sunday. Daley Blind opened the scoring in the 38th minute, followed by goals for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in the 39th and 67th. Rasmus Kristensen sealed the Ajax win in the 76th. #ajax #wilaja — Erik ten Hag ❌❌❌ (@AjaxHeadCoach) May 5, 2019 Ajax had not won a national competition since 2014 when they last... More >

Forum the big winner: what the papers say

The victory by the nationalist Forum voor Democratie in the provincial elections earlier this week has generated a flurry of speculation in the Dutch press about what will happen next. Here’s a round-up of the main points. Trouw writes that Baudet’s win is a signal ‘something is seriously wrong with Dutch politics’. The common ground between leaders such as Baudet and PVV leader Geert Wilders is, the paper says, ‘ a faked aversion to the political handiwork which is unavoidably... More >

One dead in carbon monoxide poisoning

One person has been killed and 12 people taken to hospital in a case of carbon dioxide poisoning in The Hague. Four of the injured are police officers who were called to the apartment on the Weirmarstraat. The eight others were living in flats close to where the dead person was found. Police have given no further details about the case. In 2017 two people died and 114 people were hospitalised after carbon monoxide leaks. The symptoms of carbon monoxide... More >

Dutch Donald Duck to include gay couple

The Dutch edition of the Donald Duck comic books is including a lesbian couple for the first time after a 10-year-old girl challenged its lack of LGBT characters. Fenna, who has two fathers and two mothers, raised the issue on the children’s news show Jeugdjournaal last week. ‘There are no gays or lesbians in Donald Duck. I’ve checked them all,’ she said. ‘My parents are gay and lesbian and I think it’s important that that’s just as normal. But in... More >