Politics

Aug 15 '13 04:59

The economic recovery for the Netherlands is not happening yet and therefore the deficit for the Netherlands remains far too high. Next year, the deficit is 3.9 percent. That was announced the Central Planning Bureau (CPB) and the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) on Wednesday. What are the political reactions?

The government accepts that the Netherlands will not meet the European standard of three percent next year. But there will be no more than 6 billion cut, said Jeroen Dijsselbloem Minister of Finance on Wednesday in response to the new estimates from the CPB.

Aug 14 '13 09:03

The IRS wants to make agreements with Morocco and Turkey on the automatic exchange of data on property. Dutch tax payers who have not informed the IRS about their house(s) in Morocco or Turkey can be addressed by the tax authorities.

State Secretary Frans Weekers (Finance) announced this on Tuesday in the House, in response to questions from SP MP Farshad Bashir. The Netherlands can at this moment also request Turkey and Morocco for information about real estate, but the information exchange is not automatic.

Aug 12 '13 04:33

More than 80,000 people have already supported the action of PVV leader and MP Geert Wilders by signing the petition tekenverzetaan.nl. This was announced by Wilders on Saturday.

The action of the PVV leader is against the ‘systematic plundering’ of the government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte. According to Wilders, the government makes degradation policy.

Aug 11 '13 12:12

Opposition parties, CDA and D66, expect clarification from Minister of Social Affairs, Lodewijk Asscher, about the implementation of the social agreement and the ministry’s speed in tackling unemployment which they think is too slow.

Aug 10 '13 17:02

The Netherlands Olympic Committee (NOC*NSF) has deemed the Russian stance against homosexuals as unacceptable.

Aug 9 '13 09:08

Large cities are hunting at fathers of unrecognized children. Among other cities, the cities of Rotterdam and Amsterdam put pressure on welfare mothers to mention the name of the father of their child, so that the municipality can collect a financial contribution from the biological father.

Zwolle and Maastricht are also experimenting with this approach. If the father helps paying for their children, less money is needed from the municipalities. "But the most important to us is that fathers take responsibility for their child," said a spokesman of the city of Rotterdam.

Aug 9 '13 08:36

The FNV wants quick consultation with Lodewijk Asscher, Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, on the impending mass redundancies at home care organization Sensire. FNV-chairman Ton Heerts said this on Thursday at the Square in front of the House, where FNV and Abvakabo offered the House and Government a report with alternatives to the government cuts.

Aug 9 '13 08:20

Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans has ordered the embassy staff based in Sana'a, Yemen to leave the country.

Aug 8 '13 09:26

Dutchman Thomas van Beersum participated and rallied with other anti-government activists outside the congress during Philippine President Benigno Aquino’s State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Aug 6 '13 04:48

Lodewijk Asscher, Minister of Social Affairs and Employment has kept his promise and has discussed the mass dismissal at healthcare supplier Sensire, with FNV chairman Ton Heerts on Sunday. So say both spokesmen of each of them on Sunday evening.

Aug 5 '13 09:15

A UN team in charge of investigating the supposed use of chemical weapons in Syria will meet in The Hague and leave for Syria in the coming days.

Aug 5 '13 08:58

On Friday, the European Union and the Netherlands granted around €10.9 million to last month's income and pensions of almost 75,000 Palestinian civil servants and pensioners in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, according to the EU press release.

Aug 2 '13 07:36

People who go on holiday outside Europe, may soon need a separate insurance for medical expenses. Minister Edith Schippers will send a bill to the House in the fall. That said a spokesman on Thursday.

The idea is not new. Rutte I already made this plan in 2010. With the plan, Schippers hopes to save about 60 million euro.  Care costs by travelers within in Europe will still be paid.

Jul 31 '13 07:09

The Free West Papua Campaign, headed by exiled West Papuan Independence leader Benny Wenda, is set to open its new headquarters in the Netherlands.

Jul 30 '13 04:40

The government wants to organize special evenings for older applicants and employers to bring them in contact with each other.  That said Lodewijk Asscher Minister of Social Affairs and Employment on Monday to the NOS.

According to the minister, older workers become vulnerable. Although the unemployment rate among older people is lower than among young people, it is harder for them to find a job after loosing a job.

Jul 26 '13 05:50

Although the CDA has halved the number of seats in the House at each of the two last elections,  but the Christian Democrats still provide most mayors. Over one third of the Dutch mayors (122 on a total of 358) comes from the CDA. VVD and PvdA follow with 96 mayors and 86 respectively.

Jul 24 '13 07:58

The government is concerned about criticism that the World Bank gives insufficient attention to human rights. The Netherlands will ask questions to the World Bank about this issue. Minister Lilianne Ploumen (Foreign Trade and Development) has said that on Tuesday in response to a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Jul 22 '13 13:55

Caribbean parts of the kingdom who want to break the ties with the Netherlands, may leave immediately, according to Prime Minister Mark Rutte. The Prime Minister has said this during his visit to the islands, he let reporters of De Telegraaf and NRC Handelsblad know.

"If you call me tomorrow that you want out, then we'll arrange it immediately," said the Prime Minister against representatives of the islands. According Rutte they looked 'surprised' at him.

Jul 19 '13 07:53

Obama has chosen two candidates for the top Peace Corps post and ambassador to the Netherlands.

Jul 18 '13 07:19

Dutch Ambassador Karel van Kesteren announced that Bulgaria will join the Schengen Agreement sooner or later, but not at the moment.

Jul 16 '13 07:17

Deputy Chief of general staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Hou Shusen led his delegation to visit the Netherlands and Romania.

On July 13, Hou Shusen, deputy chief of general staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) and his six-member military delegation left Beijing, China for an official trip to the country and Romania. He was formally invited by the Dutch and Romanian military.

Hou Shusen’s group of associates included Deputy Commander of the Lanzhou Military Area Command (MAC) of the PLA Peng Bo.

Jul 16 '13 04:26

People need to think independently and then make a personal and conscientious consideration about vaccination. That said SGP leader Kees van der Staaij on Monday in the TV program Knevel and Van den Brink. About 60 percent of his followers are vaccinated, he estimated.

Van der Staaij is against forced vaccination. That gives unpleasant situations, he fears, and it works counterproductive. Moreover, 'it enters too deeply into the personal life’, says van der Staaij.

Jul 15 '13 04:55

Prime Minister Mark Rutte began on Sunday with a visit to the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom. The aim of the visit is to strengthen mutual economic relations within the Kingdom. He is accompanied by a Dutch trade delegation.

The strategic position of the Dutch islands in the Caribbean can be used much better. Dutch companies want to cooperate with the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom to do business in the wider region, especially countries like Brazil, Colombia and Panama.

Jul 15 '13 04:24

The government has to protect children from their parents when parents don’t want to let their children to be vaccinated to prevent diseases, like measles. That said VVD senator Heleen Dupuis on Saturday night in the TV program Nieuwsuur.

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