Politics

May 1 '14 10:32

The Cabinet of Rutte II must use the rest of its time in government, until 2017, for at least one big reform on taxes that makes working more attractive and demands more taxes from the rich. This position comes from PvdA-leader Diederik Samson, who tells the Volkskrant that the Cabinet should hold back less and must make big investments that boost the economy and employment.

Geert Wilders
Apr 28 '14 12:13

Geert Wilders claims that it is "regular" practice, and "a formality" to fine co-workers of the PVV €25,000 for outing any information about the party.

Apr 25 '14 13:39

Coalition parties VVD and PvdA proposed that alternatives for big wind turbine farms in the three northerly provinces should get a serious change. They did so during a debate about Cabinet plans for wind energy on land and at sea in the House of Representatives on Friday.

Apr 25 '14 09:02

Ex-VVD alderman Jos van Rey, who is being suspected of corruption and conflict of interest, is going to be sitting in an integrity commission in Roermond.

Amsterdam
Apr 24 '14 16:03

For the first time since 1946, Amsterdam may have to move forward with a city council without the PvdA. Almost a week after a minority agreement of D66 and GroenLinks it seems like all signs are pointing to the VVD, not the PvdA, becoming the third partner in the city council. The parties will publicize their choice for partner before the weekend.

Lucas Hartong
Apr 24 '14 15:31

European Parliamentarian and predicted frontrunner for the PVV, Lucas Hartong, pulled his candidacy for the upcoming elections because he doesn't want to work together with 'bad characters' from extremist parties such as the French National Front and the Austrian FPÖ.

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Apr 24 '14 11:27

Two F-16 fighter jets of Dutch Airforce were scrambled on Wednesday to intercept two Russian bombers that had invaded Dutch airspace.

Apr 23 '14 14:01

Economy cars are relatively widespread throughout the Netherlands, but they have not reduced CO2-emissions as much as previously expected.

Apr 23 '14 07:49

Stephan Jansen, State Member for the PVV in South-Holland is leaving the party.

Apr 22 '14 08:44

The biggest group of the Dutch soldiers part of the UN mission bound for Mali are departing on Tuesday.

Apr 21 '14 08:48

Governing parties VVD and PvdA each gained a seat in this week's poll by Maurice de Hond.

Apr 18 '14 15:12

Shoppers looking for bread in the North and East of the country came upon empty shelves Friday morning as a small group of drivers are on strike.

Double decker train in Amsterdam
Apr 17 '14 17:10

The new president of Dutch Railways (NS), Timo Huges, has said that he wants there to be more trains, that they should have a better reputation and make more profit. Trains should also be less congested, a spokesperson for the NS announces after a report about this in the Telegraaf.

Apr 17 '14 16:30

Pedophile association Martijn has been threatened with closure by the Supreme Court, according to the Volkskrant. The banning of the group will be decided on Friday, a decision that is being contested by supporters of the group, including 48 writers, scientists, journalists, actors and musicians.

Rob van Gijzel
Apr 16 '14 09:47

Politicos in Eindhoven are going to form a think-tank that will discuss incidents in the city that seem to point to an increasing intolerance.

Ronald Plasterk
Apr 16 '14 08:20

The Senate voted on the bill to amend referenda, put forward by PvdA, D66 and GroenLinks. The so-called advisory referendum (non-binding) will be instated temporarily until there is a corrective referendum (binding). The advisory referendum is getting a participation quorum of 30 percent of those eligible to vote.

Joram van Klaveren
Apr 15 '14 14:02

Joram van Klaveren, an ex-MP for the PVV who left at the end of March, did so due to the social pressure that arose after party-leader Geert Wilders' anti-Moroccan speech became too much for him, the Volkskrant reports.

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Apr 15 '14 13:17

The first unit of Dutch soldiers that will serve as part of the UN stabilization force in Mali (Minusma) left Schiphol yesterday.

Apr 15 '14 10:30

The cabinet, the coalition and the three opposition fractions agreed Monday on "the contours" of an extra contribution for care.

Apr 14 '14 08:15

A poll from Maurice de Hond shows that the D66 would be the biggest party if the Parliamentary elections were held now. The party now effectively has 12 seats in Parliament.

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Apr 11 '14 08:32

VVD-leader Halbe Zijlstra is saying that the current tax system needs to be overhauled in favor of simplicity. The party told the cabinet that all allowances must be abolished and transformed into lower taxes. The Tax Administration must focus on the core task: collecting money.

Apr 9 '14 13:16

Minister Ivo Opstelten claims not to know the exact amount that was transfered to drug baron Cees H. in a deal with the Public Prosecution Authority.

Apr 9 '14 10:03

In Almere, the biggest party, the PVV, is not going to be part of the newly formed municipal council. Losing party PvdA, however, will. The PVV did not manage to connect with other parties due to the recent unrest from within the PVV.

Ruud Koole
Apr 9 '14 08:10

MPs want to amend current referendum formats, launching the idea of a so-called advisory referendum, which is not binding. This referendum can be introduced until a corrective referendum, which is binding, has been voted on. This advisory referendum can also get a participation quorum.

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