Dutch party centre bans kid’s cowboy party because "it's racist" https://t.co/9FyYs2tKbi
— Voice of Europe (@V_of_Europe) February 23, 2018
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The Netherlands deports native Dutch man instead of criminal immigrants https://t.co/GlTBdfZmWo
— Voice of Europe (@V_of_Europe) January 29, 2018
The 59-year-old Urho Engels, was born in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. But he moved with his parents to the United States when he was two years old.
A few years ago, he divorced his wife and he wanted to live in the Netherlands again. According to Urho he had “too many memories, I didn’t want to stay in the U.S. anymore”. Because he still had many friends in the Netherlands, he decided to move to his home country.
Hundreds of Roma children are being used by family members as pickpockets, burglars or even sex slaves in the Netherlands, various experts and aid workers said to Nieuwsuur. The police responded that 400 detectives work on hundreds of human trafficking cases per year, including the exploitation of Roma children. Police officers will get extra training this year on recognizing the signs of human trafficking.
The aid workers and experts told Nieuwsuur that the Dutch government and authorities do not provide adequate protection for these Roma children. If such a child is arrested by the police, he or she is often returned to a family member which only exploits the child again. An internal National Police and Public Prosecution report, in the hands of Nieuwsuur, confirms this image. “There is insufficient knowledge and awareness among the police and judiciary that crimes committed by minors can involve human trafficking”, that report reads, according to the broadcaster.
Refugee rapes Dutch teen girl in Nijmegen, the Netherlands https://t.co/Ez7w4qhuAW
— Voice of Europe (@V_of_Europe) December 29, 2017
A refugee has raped a 15-year-old Dutch girl, after she left a train with him at Nijmegen-Lent station.
According to Dutch media, they smoked some pot in June this year and then went to the house of a friend of the man. After the friend left the house, the 20-year-old refugee started to harass the girl on a bed, even though she clearly said she didn’t want to be touched.
Although the girl resisted heavily and elbowed him, he continued sexually assaulting her. After a while, he raped the young girl. A housemate told the police he clearly heard the girl saying: “Don’t do it, it hurts!”
The refugee was sentenced to 20 months in prison eleven days ago. The prosecutor blamed the man for abusing a young and vulnerable girl who didn’t have any prior sexual experience.
The new US ambassador to the Netherlands, Pete Hoekstra, is not off to a good start following an international embarrassment on Dutch TV in which he smugly denied every saying there are no-go zones in the Netherlands – calling the suggestion “fake news.”
Hoekstra – former congressman (R-MI) and chair of the House Intelligence Committee for two years, was asked by Dutch journalist Wouter Zwart of news program Nieuwsuur about comments he made in 2015:
Zwart: “You mentioned in a debate that there are no-go zones in the Netherlands, and that cars and politicians are being set on fire in the Netherlands.”
Hoekstra: “I didn’t say that. This is actually an incorrect statement. We would call it fake news.“
Zwart then shows Hoekstra a clip of him saying exactly that:
“The Islamic movement has now gotten to a point where they have put Europe into chaos. Chaos in the Netherlands, there are cars being burnt, there are politicians that are being burnt … and yes there are no-go zones in the Netherlands” –Pete Hoekstra, 2015
A still-smug Hoekstra deadpans to Zwart, denying that he used the phrase fake news. “I didn’t call that fake news. I didn’t use the words today. I don’t think I did.”
Hoekstra – born in Groningen, Netherlands, was sworn in on December 11th by Mike Pence. In response, he said that he “made certain remarks in 2015 and regret the exchange during the Nieuwsuur interview. Please accept my apology.”
Honderden vluchtelingen hebben sinds 2015 een huis gekregen in Rotterdam. 95 procent leeft van een uitkering https://t.co/qIEupuBcvw
— AD RotterdamsDagblad (@RDStad) November 24, 2017
On 24 November, Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad (AD) published an article on the influx of asylum-seekers into the city of Rotterdam. In the past two years, the city has housed 2.429 asylum-seekers, 80 more than it was obligated to do by law. Next year, it will be allowed to house 80 people less. Of those 2.429, 95% lives on social benefits, representing almost 5% of the total amount of people on benefits in Rotterdam.
With one foot out of the door of Germany’s finance ministry, the former head of the German economy, Wolfgang Schäuble, 75, delivered a fire and brimstone warning over the weekend, telling the FT in an interview that there was a danger of “new bubbles” forming due to the trillions of dollars that central banks have pumped into markets. Schäuble also warned of risks to stability in the eurozone, particularly those posed by bank balance sheets burdened by the post-crisis legacy of non-performing loans, something we warned about since 2012, and an issue which remains largely unresolved.
Taking a broad swipe at the current financial regime – which he helped design – Schauble warned that the world was in danger of “encouraging new bubbles to form”.
— De Telegraaf (@telegraaf) September 14, 2017
The mayor of Amsterdam, social-democrat Eberhard van der Laan is widely loved and praised in Dutch media for being a good mayor. Since it was discovered earlier this year, that the cancer he suffers from is terminal, the way the media have treated him has suggested an attitude of him being ‘beyond reproach’. An interview with ‘Zomergasten’ (Summer Guest) which is considered to be one of the ‘high brow’ events in Dutch television, was widely publicised and plans were even made to show it in public.
In the interview, he was asked by the presenter what inheritance he wanted to bestow on Amsterdam and its inhabitants. The conversation between Van der Laand and interviewer Janine Abbring went like this:
“‘That it remains the kind city it is,’ he said. ‘And you have made it kinder,’ Abbring says. It could have been one of the most human moments ever to take place at the Zomergasten table. ‘I hope so,’ Van der Laan says. ‘I know so for sure.’ Abbring nearly loses it, but takes a hold of herself in a creative way. You just know that Van der Laan and Abbring will see more of each other.“
But this understandable wish to go easy on a dying man has not been good for critical journalism. There are reasons to be a little more critical of the mayor and his wish to have his city remain ‘kind’ and if he really ‘made it kinder’.
— De Telegraaf (@telegraaf) 24 mei 2017
What sort of financial support does the The Hague municipality provide for a married couple, with two teen-aged children and a dog when they do not generate an income from work? That is the question the Dutch Torry (VVD) fraction in The Hague asked the council today.
The VVD’s own research seems to establish that apart from the €27.000 in benefits each, that all Dutch nationals on welfare receive from the federal government, the The Hague municipality adds to this €6000 worth of extras. From a free PC to a bicycle, school supplies, swimming lessons and the so-called Ooievaarspas. But also such things as musical tickets in a Christmas gift packet, or exemption from certain taxes.
This means, that while the same family with one median income would make only €27.200 a year, that same family on welfare would ‘make’ €33.247 a year.
Hoe kan het dat gevangenen steeds vaker de sleutel krijgen tot hun eigen cel? https://t.co/p8ieKfh1qA
— AD.nl (@ADnl) July 12, 2017
Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad reports on prison wardens warning for chaos in prison related to a new experiment that hands prisoners the keys to their own cells. The wardens fear that prisoners can continue their criminal dealings within the prison walls.
A school in The Hague has been ordered to pay €500 compensation to two Muslim children who missed the annual school photograph because it clashed with the end of Ramadan.
The Maria Montessorischool hired the photographer without realising the date coincided with Eid al-Adha, and was unable to rearrange the booking by the time the mistake came to light.