Monday, January 23, 2017

Rutte: “Behave normally or go away”

In a full-page newspaper message, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said “we have to actively defend our values” against people who refuse to integrate or act antisocially. “Behave normally or go away.” PVV leader Geert Wilders reacted by calling Rutte “the man of open borders, the asylum tsunami, mass immigration, Islamization, lies and deception.”

Thursday, January 19, 2017

EU Rules Handicap in dealing with those refused Asylum

Deputy Minister Dijkhoff (Security and Justice) has said that it is very difficult to expel asylumseekers who have been refused asylum. He added that EU rules make the situation even more difficult as only in rare cases these people can be held in detention. This makes it easier for them to hide illegally or flee to another country.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

IS Sympathizer Carried Out Research on Jihadist Woman

It has now become known that a study by the University of Amsterdam into women who joined the IS movement was partly carried out by a researcher who is a violent jihad sympathizer.  The researcher whose name was given as Aysha Navest has, according to the daily NRC, written articles under a pseudonym on websites praising jihadis.  University is going to undertake an external investigation of the study.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Dutch Ambassador to Denmark insults Wilders

Dutch Ambassador to Denmark Henk Swarttouw has reacted  to Prime Minister Mark Rutte statement that the VVD (Liberals) will not form a coalition with Geert Wilders’ Freedom party PVV after the elections in March. He said on twitter: "Good news! No more feeding the beast." PVV parliamentarian Raymond de Roon asked for an explanation from Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders. Swarttouw has since aplogzed to Wilders.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Secret Report: Police Ignorant About Most Criminal Acts

A secret report by the police and the prosecution shows that criminality in the Netherlands is far bigger than the official figures show.  The reported figures fall very short because of the lack of capacity of the police to collect data and a decline in the willingness of citizens and companies to report crimes. The report states that the capacity of the police and the prosecution has reached such a low level that civilians are losing confidence in the justice system while criminals behave as if they can no longer be arrested.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Christian Democrat Leader: Prime Minister denies Moral Crisis in Netherlands

Christian Democrat Leader Sybrand Buma said during his party’s congress that Prime Minister Mark Rutte denies the moral crisis the Netherlands finds itself in. Buma wondered whether it was the arrogance of power or the easygoing behavior of a liberal who only understands the value of money.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

KLM: Amsterdam Airport Limits Growth

Pieter Elbers, Chief Executive of KLM says that Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has attracted too many budget airlines and companies from Gulf countries.  As a result, it is reaching its maximum capacity which limits the growth of KLM.