MEXICAN PRESIDENT ARRIVES FOR STATE VISIT May 2012 | Politics | Europe | Sar Martins Political Correspondent Cristina Vargas the newly elected president of the United Mexican States landed earlier today at Rotterdam The Hague Airport. Under high security provided by the Royal Netherlands Constabulary she was escorted to Palace Noordeinde, where the King alongside a honour guard awaited President Vargas and her delegation. Upon her arrival at the palace both the Mexican and Dutch national anthems were played before she officially shook the hand of the King who welcomed her to the Netherlands.
Sources report that she will be meeting with the Minister-President to discuss a wide range of topics on how the two nations can work more closely together.GOVERNMENT DENOUNCES VIOLENCE IN AUSTRALIA May 2012 | Politics | Europe | Edward Philen Political Correspondent A spokesperson for the Wald government has released a statement regarding the administration's stance on the situation in Australia. "The Dutch government, when asked to surrender their weapons by the Australian Federal Police complied with their request, while we understand the security concerns put forward by some nations, we state that never should the solution be to fire upon the police forces of the host nation. We do not condone the actions conducted by the Polish embassy security forces and encourage all nations to comply with the request and use dialogue and not force to come to a solution."
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that they have put forward a request for additional security forces to be posted outside the Dutch missions in Australia to maintain the high standard of security.SENATE REARRANGED May 2012 | Politics | Europe | Sar Martins Political Correspondent The upper house of the legislative body has been rearranged, the 12 provincial states have elected the 75 members of the senate. The election results are as follows: ONP (20), VVD (10), CDA (8), NCP (1), D66 (7), PVV (9), GroenLinks (5), PvdA (5), NSP (10).
The NCP (New Communist Party) has suffered a historic loss, while dominating the opposition in the house of representative they failed to gain any seats in the senate, leading many to believe that they are expected to make major losses in the national elections of 2014. Filling the gap of the NCP is the NSP (Dutch States Party), a party aimed to counter the ONP of Jack Wald they seek to form a republic free of monarchical influence.
TERRORISTS THREATEN INNOCENT CIVILIANS July 2012 | Internal | Europe | Henriëtte Van Agthoven Security Correspondent This morning we, and multiple other media outlets and newspapers, received an anonymous message demanding that the Dutch government pays $10,000,000.00 or else 100 British citizens are to be killed. A spokesperson for the Wald-Government said the following in response, "The Dutch government does not condone threats on innocent civilians from any nations. We have instructed our security services to increase their presence on the streets and prepare for any eventuality. We will be working closely with our partners and allies to identify those responsible for this threat. We call upon all civilians to be alert and report any suspicious activity."
We have seen the presence of Police and Marechaussee at the British diplomatic missions and popular tourist attractions. We will continue to keep you updated as more information comes in.