The thoughtless use of referendums and other forms of "people's democracy" sooner or later undermines the functioning of the Dutch representative democracy and the rule of law, according to Piet Hein Donner, the vice president of the Netherlands most important advisory body the Council of State, in the Council's annual report, the Volkskrant reports.
Lower house of parliament president Khadija Arib refused to cooperate in the wish of two of King Willem-Alexander's influential advisors to give the King more influence in the formation of the new cabinet, the Volkskrant reports.
Up until 2012 the ruling Dutch monarch played an active role in the formation of a new cabinet. The King or Queen could, for example, assign a "scout" to examine coalition possibilities and appoint informers. After a majority in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, changed the rules in 2012, the Kamer itself performs these tasks.
Energy company ENGIE may perform exploratory drilling for natural gas north of the North Sea island Schiermonnikoog. On Tuesday the Council of State declared objections to the exploratory drilling unfounded. No further appeal is possible, NU.nl reports.
Today the Council of State will rule in a long-running case about closed window brothels on Bokkingshang in Deventer. Six years ago the municipality closed 33 of the 44 prostitution windows in the city's Red Light District. According to former prostitute Metje Blaak, all this did was move the sex industry online, De Stentor reports.
Utrecht may keep its environmental zone, the Council of State ruled on Wednesday in an appeal filed by motorists club KNAC and a foundation against air pollution in Utrecht, NOS reports.
The Dutch Council of State approved expansion plans for Lelystad Airport. On Wednesday the Council ruled that the objections to the zoning plan for the airport are ungrounded, ANP reports.
The zoning plan states that the airport's runway can be extended from 1,250 meters long to 2,700 meters and from 30 meters wide to 45 meters. This makes the airport suitable for heavier aircraft types, something that is essential for the plans to have Lelystad take over some of Schiphol's traffic.
Gas extraction in Groningen will not be further reduced for the time being, the Council of State ruled in an emergency case filed by concerned local residents, GIC reports.
At this stage NAM is allowed to extract 24 billion cubic meters of natural gas from the Groningen gas flied per year.
The municipality of Hilversum is allowed to ban the lighting of fireworks in part of the city center over New Year's, the Council of State ruled on Wednesday. This ruling by the highest court in the Netherlands means that no further appeals are possible, NU.nl reports.
A majority in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, voted for a government proposal that bans the wear of face-covering clothing in certain public spaces. If you do not complain with this "burka ban", you risk a fine of 450 euros, NU.nl reports.
The Council of State rejected objections from Utrecht residents against the construction of a new prostitution zone along the river Vecht. Utrecht now has the green light to start construction on the Nieuwe Zandpad, NOS reports.
The Dutch government paid a sum of 450 thousand euros to 391 motorists who had an alcohol lock imposed on them after a drunk driving infraction. Another 11 people still have outstanding claims amounting to tens of thousands of euros, according to figures AD got from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment.
The PvdA and GroenLinks are presenting a legislative proposal to the Council of State on Monday which would give child asylum seekers quicker access to residency permits, PvdA parliamentarian Attje Kuiken and GroenLinks MP Linda Voortman said in the Volkskrant.
Hundreds of people and several organizations are appealing to the Council of State against proposed exploratory drilling for natural gas on the North Sea island of Schiermonnikoog
Dutch intelligence service AIVD was not allowed to screen high police commissioner Tom Driessen in 2012, the Council of State ruled in the appeal of this case. This screening led to the AIVD refusing to give Driessen a certificate of no objection, which in turn led to Driessen having to resign as leader of the Nuclear Summit in The Hague
Minister Stef Blok of Housing presented three plans for renovating the Binnenhof to the Senate and Parliament on Tuesday. In these three options the renovations will cost between 475 million and 525 million euros. All three options are doable, but option three is more expensive than budgeted
The city of Utrecht was not in the wrong when it revoked the permit for over 20 prostitution boats and nine window brothels operated by Werga B.V., the Council of State ruled on Tuesday.
The tax authorities may not hand over income details about social housing tenants to housing corporations, the administrative division of the Council of State ruled on Wednesday.
The government must not interfere in the appearance of Sinterklaas' following, and hence not that of Zwarte Piet, the Council of State said on Tuesday. The Netherlands' main advisory body therefore advises the Dutch government to reject a PVV proposal to ban municipalities from cooperating with Sinterklaas events in which the Pieten are not black.
The municipality of Hilversum is temporarily allowed to ban fireworks in the city center over New Year's, even if it results in a lower turnover for firework vendors in the city, the Council of State ruled on Monday.
Companies guilty of the biggest violations on the rules regarding food safety, will soon have to pay massive fines. From June 1st next year, the worst food fraud offenders will have to pay 10 percent of their annual turnover, instead of the current maximum fine of 20 thousand euros.
Both the Central Appeals Court and the Council of State are ruling on cases involving the so-called bed, bath and bread arrangement - limited provisions and shelter for failed asylum seekers and undocumented migrants
The Council of State ordered Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs to reduce gas extraction in Groningen even further due to the earthquakes in the province.
The Parliament buildings around the Binnenhof in The Hague are a fire hazard. Bundles of cables and crowded ducts are concealed in the ceiling and the power lines and water pipes are located very close together.
The Amsterdam city council has to make a building available for bridging classes of a new Islamic school community by August 1st, 2017 at the latest, the Administrative Law Division of the Council of State ruled on Wednesday. The council can not appeal against this ruling.