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Feb 7 '14 14:06

In the hot seat over revelations that Government eavesdropped on private phone calls, Home Affairs Minister Ronald Plasterk says he is still confident he has the support from the Cabinet.

Feb 6 '14 12:42

Getting out of the European Union, will give the Netherlands "oxygen, while the EU chokes us", PVV-leader Geert Wilders said.

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Feb 6 '14 12:03

The number of births and marriages dropped in 2013 compared to previous years, the Central Bureau for Statistics CBS has reported.

Feb 6 '14 09:57

Ministers Ronald Plasterk (Internal Affairs) and Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert (Defense) were sent for by Prime Minister Mark Rutte for an emergency discussion about the way in which they informed Parliament about the monitoring operations of the information services.

Feb 6 '14 04:34

Minister Lodewijk Asscher wants to submit private boarding schools, including mosque boarding schools, to legal requirements to increase the safety and wellbeing of the children.

Feb 5 '14 12:33

A large majority of Parliament supports the proposal to axe mandatory internships in high schools.

Feb 5 '14 10:44

Almost 60 percent of Dutch people are in favor of electing a chosen mayor.

Feb 5 '14 09:45

BNR- correspondent Rena Netjes has escaped Egypt. She, together with other journalists, had been placed on a terrorist suspect list, and it was no longer safe for her in Egypt.

Feb 5 '14 08:37

The GroenLinks party called for a new initiative Tuesday, the outcome of which may bring charging stations for phones, tablets and laptops to train stations.

Feb 4 '14 20:53

Tuesday morning Amsterdam alderman Eric Wiebes of the VVD met with Prime Minister Rutte, and was officially appointed the new State Secretary of Finances by King Willem-Alexander. At 14:00 the State Secretary was sworn in by the King at the Noordeinde Palace.

Feb 4 '14 14:44

In 2013 only three political parties registered an increase in their numbers, all other parties saw their numbers drop, with GroenLinks suffering the biggest loss, according to numbers of the Documentation Center for Dutch Political Parties (DNPP).

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Feb 4 '14 13:31

The Dutch Directorate for the Inspection of Living environment and Transport will conduct an investigation into the collision between the Dutch vessel of Sea Shepherd and a Japanese whale hunter.

Feb 3 '14 20:05

The VVD has decided to withdraw the local VVD in Heemskerk, Noord-Holland, from the upcoming City Council elections after some of its members received serious threats, according to regional VVD chairman, Henry, Meijdam.

Feb 3 '14 19:20

Prime Minister Mark Rutte is scheduled to meet with the Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi on Friday, announced the Government Information Service (RVD).

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Feb 3 '14 12:17

The Netherlands has pledged €1 million for assistance to people who have fled the disturbances in the South Sudan, Minister Lilianne Ploumen (Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation has announced.

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Feb 3 '14 10:54

Minister of Justice Ivo Opstelten has to investigate what percentage of marijuana cultivation in the Netherlands is being used for export.

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Feb 3 '14 10:01

Despite improvements in the economy, the job market in the Netherlands will continue to shrink in 2014, according to benefits agency UWV.

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Feb 3 '14 09:41

Amsterdam alderman Eric Wiebes is set to replace state secretary of Finance Frans Weekers, who made the decision to resign last week.

Feb 3 '14 07:50

Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans has asked his colleague from the United Arab Emirates for clarity on the three Dutch plane spotters who have been arrested there, a spokesperson for the ministry said yesterday.

Feb 3 '14 05:00

Workers in 100 nursery- and care-homes are planning a strike on tuesday, according to trade union Abvakabo FNV.

Jan 31 '14 20:58

35 mayors signed a "weed manifest Joint Regulation" earlier Friday, in Utrecht, reported press agency Novum. The mayors plead for regulated growing of weed.

Jan 31 '14 16:10

With the City Council elections ahead, on March 19, all political parties are making preparations to either win, or at least control the damage. Many of the parties fear a punishment.

Jan 31 '14 14:20

Russian Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev issued a decree allowing the Russian authorities to monitor and store communication data of foreign athletes, journalists and official delegations during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, according to De Correspondent website.

Jan 31 '14 04:34

NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen met with Prime-Minister Mark Rutte and King Willem-Alexander in The Hague, Thursday. Rasmussen urges the Netherlands to increase its defense budget again.

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