It seems that political parties in the Netherlands used the current parliament as example when setting up their candidate lists for the parliamentary elections on March 15th. The vast majority of candidates are well-educated, have political experience and come from the Randstad. And, unless voters opt differently with their preference votes, the new parliament will be two-thirds middle age men, Trouw reports based on an analysis by the University of Leiden's Parliamentary Documentation Center.
School pupil association LAKS' plan to participate in the parliamentary elections in March, turned out to be a "hoax". On Wednesday LAKS announced that reports about them participating in Parliament to address the problems in education are not true, calling it an "election stunt".
The PVV accused Dutch ambassador to Denmar Henk Swarttouw of campaign meddling after he referred to the party as "the beast" in a tweet. PVV parliamentarian Raymond de Roon wants an explanation from Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs, the Telegraaf reports.
Sylvana Simons announced the candidates for her new political party Artikel 1. The top three on the list are women, headed by Simons herself. The party promises to promote equality and combat discrimination, Simons said when announcing the candidate list to broadcaster RTL.
50Plus leader Henk Krol will not rule out working with Geert Wilders and his PVV in a next government, he wrote in an opinion piece in the Volkskrant. That makes the 50Plus one of very few political parties still willing to do so.
The Dutch national action committee for school pupils LAKS plan to take part in the parliamentary elections on March 15th. They feel that the current political parties aren't up to the task of stopping the negative developments in education, NOS reports. Sven Annen will be party leader for LAKS.
The VVD will not team up with the PVV after the elections coming up in March, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on television program Buitenhof on Saturday. And with that Geert Wilders and his anti-Islam populist party has no one to cooperate with after the elections - each political party has excluded working with the PVV, the Volkskrant reports.
Rutte said that the "probability is not 0.1, but zero that the VVD will govern with the PVV", on Buitenhof. "It's not going to happen." Previously the PvdA, CDA, D66, GroenLinks and SP already closed the door on working with the PVV.
With the parliamentary elections coming up in March, and warnings from American security experts that the Netherlands may be targeted by Russian hackers, Dutch parliament is focused on fixing cyber defense issues and increasing cyber security.
The crime rate in the Netherlands is much higher than the official figures reflect, according to a confidential report by the police and Public Prosecutor that newspaper Trouw has in its possession. According to the newspaper, the report speaks of the public authorities facing a looming "unbridgeable disadvantage".
Security experts in the United States are convinced that the Netherlands will be targeted by Russian hackers in the run-up to the parliamentary elections in March, like the American Democratic Party was during the U.S. elections, NOS reports. "The Dutch government is very, very alert", Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs said to the broadcaster. "I have no concrete evidence that this is the case, but I am not naive."
Anti-Islam nationalist party PVV will not be in the next Dutch government after the elections in March of this year, according to ING economists Martin van Vliet and Dimitry Flemming. In a report titled Much ado about nothing... probably, they list several reasons why they believe Geert Wilders and his PVV will not cause political earthquakes after the elections, Business Insider Nederland reports.
The distribution of funds between the national government and municipalities should be urgently reassessed by the new cabinet, the Council for Financial Relations said, according to newspaper Trouw. The Council called the current system "inefficient", "cluttered" and "inconsistent".
The SGP faction in Zwartewaterland is calling for the return of the death penalty. "Whoever sheds man's blood, his blood shall be shed by man", faction leader Dirk van der Sluis quoted the bible at newspaper AD. "Returning the death penalty is God's word and therefore an important reason why we want to do so."
PvdA Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem thinks corporate income tax should increase in the next government's term, he said in an interview with newspaper AD. According to him, this is needed to "restore the balance between ordinary Dutch and international companies, and between workers and the wealthy". This is remarkable because he previously, as Minister of Finance, said that the profit tax can gradually be lowered.
The chance that the VVD will form a ruling coalition with the PVV after the elections in March next year, is "zero" in content, VVD leader Halbe Zijlstra said in parliament on Sunday, ANP reports.
Zijlstra reiterated the VVD's position that it will consider any party in principle, but stressed that the chances of cooperation with the PVV is negligible. According to him, the VVD sees nothing in a coalition partner that wants to abolish religious freedom and freedom of expression for whole groups of people.
The Public Prosecutor is paying extra attention to discrimination on social media with the elections coming up on March 15th, chief prosecutor Theo Hofstee said in an interview with AT5. He wants quick action if someone is insulted or discriminated against.
Not a single political party in the Netherlands managed to go far enough in their election promises on the environment to reach the climate target set in the Paris Agreement, the Volkskrant reports based on its own analysis of the election campaigns of the Dutch parties. Even where programs embrace the Paris targets, their intentions fall short, according to the newspaper.
Parliamentarian Jacques Monasch, formerly of the PvdA, is launching his own party with wich he will be taking part in the elections on March 15th next year, he announced on Monday. The party is called Nieuwe Wegen, or "New Roads" in English, and strives to combine "social economy" with a sricter immigration policy with priority on "our norms and values", NU.nl reports.