Netherlands

Dutch PM tenders cabinet’s resignation

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte tendered his cabinet’s resignation to Queen Beatrix this afternoon. The prime minister’s minority coalition government collapsed at the weekend after the cabinet’s parliamentary backer, the far-right PVV, refused to support the government’s austerity measures. The queen is considering the resignation and a government information service […]

Amnesty says Dutch Muslims face discrimination

Muslims in the Netherlands face discrimination, particularly when it comes to education and the labour market, according to Amnesty International. In a new report released today, Amnesty highlights the proposed banning of the Islamic headscarf. The organisation says a general ban would go too far. Also a Dutch Catholic school’s […]

Crisis in the Hague angers EU

Many EU politicians have berated the Netherlands for failing to avert the political crisis about austerity measures. At the last round of negotiations on the Greek bail-out some five months ago, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Finance Minister Jan Kees de Jager called on EU countries to impose iron […]

Dutch PM Mark Rutte set to resign

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is to tender his cabinet’s resignation to Queen Beatrix after the collapse of talks on an extra round of austerity measures, Dutch media reported on Monday. It is expected that Rutte will present his resignation to the queen at a meeting at the palace later […]

Turkish President ends Dutch visit

Turkish President Abdullah Gül marked the end of a three-day state visit to the Netherlands in a ceremony in the southern city of Maastricht attended by Queen Beatrix. After the Dutch and Turkish national anthems were played in a square in the centre of the city, President Gül inspected a military guard […]

Freedom Party outrage at lunch with Gül

The anti-Islam Freedom Party (PVV) in the southern province of Limburg has slammed its own provincial representatives Antoine Janssen and Theo Krebber because they have agreed to attend a lunch with Turkish President Abdullah Gül, who is currently on a visit to the Netherlands. The two provincial councillors will be […]

Queen Beatrix to visit Turkey

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands will be paying a state visit to Turkey from 13 to 15 June, a spokesperson has announced. The trip is part of celebrations marking 400 years of diplomatic ties between the Netherlands and Turkey. The Queen will visit Ankara and Istanbul, and attend a performance […]

Geert Wilders shortsighted on Turkey

Dutch politician Geert Wilders wants the Netherlands to cancel plans to celebrate 400 years of relations with Turkey. He says Turkish president Abdullah Gül is not welcome here on a state visit this week. But Mr Wilders’ arguments are an insult to adult intelligence, says Radio Netherlands senior editor Robert Chesal. […]

The Princess, the President and the G20

Princess Máxima of the Netherlands visited Indonesia and Malaysia last week to discuss the issue of financial inclusion ahead of the next G20 summit. Dipo Alam, Cabinet Secretary of the Second United Cabinet of the Republic of Indonesia, reports from Jakarta for RNW’s Indonesia desk. The opinions expressed are his […]