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This is the second Special Dutch News Election Podcast. We have been keeping an eye on everything that has happened here in the Netherlands and we’ll give you an update on the Dutch elections as well as the exit polls results.

tsipras congratulates rutte on victory in dutch elections | news

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday congratulated Mark Rutte for his victory in Wednesday’s Dutch elections.The Greek prime minister spoke with his Dutch counterpart on the telephone and expressed his support for the outcome.Rutte’s center-right VVD party was elected back into government with 21.2 percent of the vote, against Geert Wilders’s far-right populist PVV’s 13.1 percent.

turkey accuses dutch of srebrenica massacre

Turkey's political spat with the Netherlands deepened today after President Recep Erdogan accused the Dutch of the worst mass killing in Europe since World War II."We know the Netherlands and the Dutch from the Srebrenica massacre. We know how rotten their character is from their massacre of 8,000 Bosnians there," he said in a televised speech.His comments follow the news that diplomatic relations between the two countries had been suspended, with Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus saying the Dutch ambassador would be barred from returning to Ankara.The two Nato allies are "now locked in an unprecedented diplomatic crisis," says the BBC, just a day before voters in the Netherlands go to the polls "for a general election dominated by concerns about immigration and Islamic radica

court rules against dutch expats with missing ballot papers

Judges in The Hague have rejected a plea from a number of Dutch expats to be given more time to submit their votes in the general election.By law, ballot papers which have been sent abroad must be returned by March 15, the date of the national vote. But around 1,000 of the 78,000 Dutch expats who registered to vote had not received their papers with a week to go.Eelco Keij, a D66 parliamentary hopeful who has been campaigning on behalf of Dutch expats, says the state has been negligent in not sending voting papers out six weeks prior to the vote.‘A serious number of Dutch voters abroad are being robbed of their voting rights,’ he said.The court will publish its full reasoning later.

protests and nazi slurs dominate final days of dutch election campaign

Just days ahead of Wednesday's elections, with major parties posed to suffer major losses, a diplomatic row has cast a long shadow over the campaign. Campaigning was reaching fever-pitch on Sunday, three days before key Dutch elections in the far-right is poised to make huge gains, but the poll has now been overshadowed by a bitter diplomatic row with Turkey.As politicians crisscrossed the country ahead of Wednesday's vote, Turkish and Dutch leaders traded barbs after The Netherlands banned Turkish ministers from a pro-Ankara rally in Rotterdam.The Turkish President branded the Netherlands "Nazi remnants" after the ban while images of protesters waving Turkish flags and clashing with riot-police led the news across the country.Dr Stijn van Kessel, a Dutch political lecturer at Loughborough

protests and nazi slurs dominate final days of dutch election campaign

Just days ahead of Wednesday's elections, with major parties posed to suffer major losses, a diplomatic row has cast a long shadow over the campaign. Campaigning was reaching fever-pitch on Sunday, three days before key Dutch elections in the far-right is poised to make huge gains, but the poll has now been overshadowed by a bitter diplomatic row with Turkey.As politicians crisscrossed the country ahead of Wednesday's vote, Turkish and Dutch leaders traded barbs after The Netherlands banned Turkish ministers from a pro-Ankara rally in Rotterdam.The Turkish President branded the Netherlands "Nazi remnants" after the ban while images of protesters waving Turkish flags and clashing with riot-police led the news across the country.Dr Stijn van Kessel, a Dutch political lecturer at Loughborough

dutch election: rutte's victory a 'stop to the wrong kind of populism’

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's VVD Party has won the most seats in parliamentary elections on Wednesday, overcoming a challenge from far-right politician Geert Wilders. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte easily defeated a strong challenge by far-right rival Geert Wilders in key elections seen as a bellwether of populist support in Europe, partial vote counts said Thursday.With more than 54 percent of votes counted, Rutte's Liberal VVD party was set to win 32 seats, making it the largest in the new 150-seat parliament, with Wilders and his Freedom Party (PVV) beaten into second place alongside two others on 19 seats, the Dutch news agency ANP said.Millions of Dutch flocked to the polls in a near-record turnout, with the stakes high in an election pitting the pro-European Rutte against his a

dutch gas exports halved over past three years

A gas drilling site. Photo: Graham DockeryThe Dutch export of natural gas was worth €8.2bn in 2016, 42% lower than in 2013, the national statistics office CBS reported on Thursday.The value of Dutch exports totalled €433bn last year. Nearly 2% of this was due to the sale of gas abroad, down from 4% in 2013. Demand for gas was 15% lower than it was three years ago because of the milder winter.The Dutch government imposed a production ceiling on gas production on the northern province of Groningen in 2014 because of the mounting earthquake risk. In 2013 Groningen gas production totalled 54 billion cubic metres, falling to 47 billion cubic metres in 2015.

dutch see trump as cautionary election lesson amid wilders ascent

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dutch see trump as cautionary election lesson amid wilders ascent

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dutch diplomatic row with turkey: what the dutch papers say

Turkish ministers were refused entry into the country this weekend to address political rallies in the run up to the Turkish referendum which will give more power to president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Dutch papers waver between praise and regret for the actions of the Dutch government.‘A violent collision between Turkish pride and Dutch determination’ the NRC calls the diplomatic row between Turkey and the Netherlands in its editorial.‘The motives for refusing the Turkish ministers were perhaps understandable enough but it was not a wise move. A refusal is an infringement of the right to free speech, which is exactly what Europe is laying at Turkey’s doorstep,’ the paper writes.Populists‘Where Germany chose to calm the waters by giving minister Cavosoglu a limited podium at the Turkish co

facebook to start fake news checks in the netherlands

Photo: FacebookDutch news website Nu.nl and a group of Master’s students from Leiden University are to work together checking facts placed on Dutch Facebook pages, broadcaster NOS said.The aim is to weed out fake news which has been placed to deliberately misinform or for financial gain, Facebook’s Europe media chief Patrick Walker told NOS. While it is unclear how many fake news items are doing the rounds in the Netherlands, ‘we hope to find out through this initiative,’ he said.Facebook has launched similar initiatives in Germany and France. Posts which readers flag as being potentially fake news will be checked by Nu.nl and Leiden’s Nieuwscheckers group. If both agree it is fake, the item will be flagged as such.‘The aim is to give users more context, so they know better what they can t

dutch pm slaps down far-right challenge

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte easily defeated a strong challenge by far-right rival Geert Wilders in key elections seen as a bellwether of populist support in Europe, partial vote counts said today.With more than 54 per cent of votes counted, Rutte's Liberal VVD party was set to win 32 seats, making it the largest in the new 150-seat parliament, with Wilders and his Freedom Party (PVV) beaten into second place alongside two others on 19 seats, the Dutch news agency ANP said.Millions of Dutch flocked to the polls in a near-record turnout, with the stakes high in an election pitting the pro-European Rutte against his anti-immigration and anti-EU rival.Following last year's shock Brexit referendum and Donald Trump's victory in the US, the Dutch vote was being closely scrutinised as a gauge

migrant children 'should use native language with dutch in school'

Children of new migrants and asylum seekers should be taught in their native languages as well as Dutch, according to new guidance to primary schools from the education ministry.The advice is a departure from the last 20 years in which immersive education in Dutch has been seen as the best way to integrate children from elsewhere.One of the authors, Maaike Hajer, said research had shown that migrant children feel more settled when they are able to use their native language in the classroom. ‘It is very important to build on that basis,’ she told NOS Radio 1 Journaal.Hajer said using other languages did not necessarily have a negative impact on children’s progress in Dutch. ‘They don’t have to stand in each other’s way; they can support each other,’ she said.She said one option was to enlis

turkey accuses the dutch of nazism over rally ban

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said a Dutch ban on his foreign minister's visit was like Nazism, as tensions rocketed over rallies abroad to help Ankara gain backing for a key vote. His comments came after the Netherlands said it would refuse Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu permission to land for a rally to gather support for a referendum on boosting Erdogan's powers.The Dutch decision to ban Cavusoglu from visiting and holding a rally in the port city of Rotterdam came after Germany and other European nations also blocked similar campaign events.Unlike in Germany, where a string of planned rallies were barred by local authorities, in the Netherlands it was the government that stepped in to block Cavusoglu's visit."They are the vestiges of the Nazis, they are fascists

turkey accuses the dutch of nazism over rally ban

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said a Dutch ban on his foreign minister's visit was like Nazism, as tensions rocketed over rallies abroad to help Ankara gain backing for a key vote. His comments came after the Netherlands said it would refuse Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu permission to land for a rally to gather support for a referendum on boosting Erdogan's powers.The Dutch decision to ban Cavusoglu from visiting and holding a rally in the port city of Rotterdam came after Germany and other European nations also blocked similar campaign events.Unlike in Germany, where a string of planned rallies were barred by local authorities, in the Netherlands it was the government that stepped in to block Cavusoglu's visit."They are the vestiges of the Nazis, they are fascists

turkey accuses the dutch of nazism over rally ban

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said a Dutch ban on his foreign minister's visit was like Nazism, as tensions rocketed over rallies abroad to help Ankara gain backing for a key vote. His comments came after the Netherlands said it would refuse Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu permission to land for a rally to gather support for a referendum on boosting Erdogan's powers.The Dutch decision to ban Cavusoglu from visiting and holding a rally in the port city of Rotterdam came after Germany and other European nations also blocked similar campaign events.Unlike in Germany, where a string of planned rallies were barred by local authorities, in the Netherlands it was the government that stepped in to block Cavusoglu's visit."They are the vestiges of the Nazis, they are fascists

dutch election: rutte widens poll win over second-place far-right

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's VVD Party has won the most seats in parliamentary elections on Wednesday, overcoming a challenge from far-right politician Geert Wilders. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte Thursday strengthened his election win over rival anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders, as with almost all votes counted his party was credited with 33 seats.Wilders celebrated too however as his far-right Freedom Party looked set to emerge the second largest in the 150-seat parliament, with a total of 20 MPs.According to Dutch news agency ANP, with some 97 percent of votes counted, Rutte's Liberal VVD party had moved ahead from the exit polls issued in the immediate hours after Wednesday's ballot.His win was eight seats down from the 2012 polls when his party won 41 seats.But it will put Rutte in

dutch election: rutte widens poll win over second-place far-right

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's VVD Party has won the most seats in parliamentary elections on Wednesday, overcoming a challenge from far-right politician Geert Wilders. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte Thursday strengthened his election win over rival anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders, as with almost all votes counted his party was credited with 33 seats.Wilders celebrated too however as his far-right Freedom Party looked set to emerge the second largest in the 150-seat parliament, with a total of 20 MPs.According to Dutch news agency ANP, with some 97 percent of votes counted, Rutte's Liberal VVD party had moved ahead from the exit polls issued in the immediate hours after Wednesday's ballot.His win was eight seats down from the 2012 polls when his party won 41 seats.But it will put Rutte in

dutch election: rutte widens poll win over second-place far-right

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's VVD Party has won the most seats in parliamentary elections on Wednesday, overcoming a challenge from far-right politician Geert Wilders. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte Thursday strengthened his election win over rival anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders, as with almost all votes counted his party was credited with 33 seats.Wilders celebrated too however as his far-right Freedom Party looked set to emerge the second largest in the 150-seat parliament, with a total of 20 MPs.According to Dutch news agency ANP, with some 97 percent of votes counted, Rutte's Liberal VVD party had moved ahead from the exit polls issued in the immediate hours after Wednesday's ballot.His win was eight seats down from the 2012 polls when his party won 41 seats.But it will put Rutte in

d66 wins dutch expat vote, overtakes the vvd

Almost a quarter of Dutch nationals living abroad who voted in Wednesday’s election opted for the Liberal democratic party D66, according to figures released by The Hague voting district on Friday.In total, almost 60,000 expats voted and 14,138 votes went to D66, narrowly beating the VVD. In 2012, one third of the expat vote went to prime minister Mark Rutte’s party.GroenLinks was third among Dutch expats, followed by the PvdA and PVV.In total, 78,000 expats signed up to vote abroad. It is not clear how many people’s ballot papers did not arrive on time but thousands of people had reported having problems.Eelco Keij, a D66 parliamentary hopeful who has been campaigning on behalf of Dutch expats, said the state had been negligent in not sending voting papers out six weeks prior to the vote.

dutch government 'fears air france's hold over klm'

Photo: jvanderwolf via DepositphotosThe Dutch government is opposing the nomination of Air France KLM chairman Jean-Marc Janaillac to a seat on the supervisory board of KLM, the Telegraaf said on Friday.Junior infrastructure minister Sharon Dijksma told parliament that the government did not favour having the chairman of the combined airline group sit on the board of KLM.Dijksma, who was confirming an earlier statement by finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem has a meeting with Janaillac in Paris on Monday, the paper said.The Dutch government has a 5.9% stake in KLM.

dutch employers welcome eu decision on headscarves

Dutch employers groups VNO-NCW and MKB-Nederland have welcomed the European Court of Justice’s ruling stating employers can determine whether or not headcarves may be worn in the workplace, the Financieele Dagblad said on Wednesday.The European court ruled that headscarves may be banned if this is a part of a broader company ban on visible signs of political, philosophical or religious affiliation. The decision was triggered by charges of discrimination in Belgium and France.The Dutch employers groups said the ruling gave more clarity about what company executives must do if there are problems with employees about dress.But, they added, its members only rarely had problems about such matters. Both organisations said situations involving dress were mostly settled on the work floor in a disc

dutch pm's vvd party wins most seats: exit poll

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's VVD Party won the most seats in parliamentary elections on Wednesday, according to a first exit poll published by national broadcaster NOS. The Liberal party of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte was set to win the most seats in Wednesday's elections, forcing far-right Geert Wilders into second place along with two other parties, exit polls predicted.Public broadcaster NOS said the VVD would take 31 seats in the next 150-seat parliament, with Wilders and his Freedom Party returning with 19 MPs, the same number as the Christian Democratic Appeal and the Democracy party D66.Early Dutch election exit poll results: Though subject to change, results show a very poor outcome for the Labour party, and Wilders' PVV weaker than expected. WATCH: SBS Europe Corresponden

dutch prison population lowest in europe but remand figures are high

Photo: Depositphotos.comThere are fewer people per head of the population in jail in the Netherlands than in any other European country, the European penal statistics agency Space said on Tuesday.In the Netherlands there are 53 people in jail for every 100,000 of the population, less than half the European average of nearly 116.However, a high proportion of those in Dutch jails are on remand and waiting for a verdict to be reached in their cases. In total, over 43% of Dutch prisoners have not yet been convicted, compared with one in four in Europe as a whole.The number of people in Dutch jails fell 44% between 2006 and 2015, Space said. Its figures include illegal immigrants who are being held in secure units.The national statistics office CBS said in December that the Dutch prison populat

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