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Halbe Zijlstra (Source: Wikimedia/Marjon Zijlstra Fotografie)
Aug 18 '17 13:10

The on Thursday and Friday emphasize the need to hurry with the government formation, VVD leader Halbe Zijlstra said at the start of the formation talks on Friday morning. "A country without a government is really something you should not have for too long, certainly not in this time", he said to newspaper AD.

Zijlstra called the attacks terrible.

Geert Wilders surrounded by bodyguards, Spijkenesse Feb 2017
Aug 18 '17 10:20

The PVV wants the Tweede Kamer to cut its summer recess short and return for a parliamentary debate on the t, PVV leader Geert Wilders said in a message to the other party leaders, which he also posted on Twitter. 

The Lambras in Barcelona
Aug 18 '17 08:01

Spain was hit by two terrorist attacks. The first in Barcelona on Thursday afternoon, the second in Cambrils during the early hours of Friday morning. Thirteen people were killed and over 100 others were injured, including three Dutch, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed. Their condition is not life threatening, NOS reports.

The attack in Barcelona happened around 5:00 p.m. A van drove onto the Ramblas, crashing into dozens of people. Thirteen people were killed and over 100 ended up in hospital, including the three Dutch. The perpetrators fled.

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Aug 16 '17 08:26

The four parties currently negotiating forming a new Dutch government together want to obligate schools to teach their students the text, meaning and melody of the Wilhelmus, the Dutch national anthem, AD reports based on a draft text of the government agreement the newspaper managed to get hold of. 

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Aug 15 '17 08:02

The four parties together reached a compromise on medical ethics issues, AD reports based on a draft text for the government agreement. It says that the government will not make any proposals to expand the euthanasia law to allow assisted suicide for elderly people at the end of a full life, but will make more stem cell research possible, according to the newspaper. 

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Aug 11 '17 09:24

The VVD and PvdA's squabble over increasing teachers' salaries in the budget for next year, has the teachers themselves furious. According to primary school teacher action group PO in Actie, the parties are playing "political games" with their livelihoods and more protest actions will follow this fall, Thijs Roovers of the group said to RTL Nieuws.

Mark Rutte, January 2016
Aug 10 '17 09:12

The Public Prosecutor demanded 40 hours of community service against a 47-year-old woman who threatened Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Facebook. The Prosecutor also asked the court in The Hague to impose mandatory treatment for the woman's psychological problems, the Telegraaf reports.

In November last year the woman commented on a Facebook post by Rutte about politician Sylvana Simmons. "If we can't hang Sylvana, then we'll hang this bastard. The main cause", she wrote. The woman later stated that she was acting on impulse and that she regrets the comment.

Alexander Pechtold
Aug 10 '17 08:55

The end of the Dutch between the VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie is not yet in sight, the party leaders confirmed on Wednesday following the .

Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and Commander Tom Middendorp visit Dutch soldiers on NATO mission in Lithuania, 10 Apr 2017
Aug 9 '17 16:50

Prime Minister Mark Rutte will be visiting the 270 Dutch soldiers stationed in Rukla, Lithuania on Thursday and Friday. Commander of the Armed Forces Tom Middendorp will accompany him on this visit, NOS reports.

The Dutch troops are part of the NATO force aimed at preventing Russia from taking root in the Baltic states. The soldiers also serve the purpose of reassuring the Eastern European allies.

Rutte's program includes a number of events, including a demonstration by NATO troops and a meeting with Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite. 

Mark Rutte in his office (Source: Wikimedia/ATX-NL)
Aug 9 '17 09:08

After a break of almost three weeks, the VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie are meeting today to continue negotiating forming a government together. It's now been 144 days since the began. On average, formation talks last 90 days, RTL Nieuws reports.

The Oranje Lionesses celebrate their European Championship in the Lepelenburg Park in Utrecht, 7 Aug 2017
Aug 8 '17 07:57

The Dutch national women's football team was celebrated and honored for their European Championship victory in Utrecht on Monday evening. Some 12 thousand fans cheered the Oranje Lionesses as they sailed over the Stadsbuitengracht and then took the stage in Lepelunburg Park for the official ceremony, NU.nl reports.

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Jul 20 '17 09:28

Negotiators for the VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie seemed carefully optimistic that the talks will come to a good conclusion when they pick up again after the summer break. There is good hope, mediator Gerrit Zalm said after the negotiators parted ways for a two week long break on Wednesday, AD reports.

Jul 19 '17 09:23

Today is the 126th day of government formation talks in the Netherlands. And while the formation still seems to be far from over, progress is being made. The financial part of the formation is going so well, that mediator Gerrit Zalm hopes to have this phase finished today, BNR reports. 

Once the financial part is complete, the documents can be sent to central planning office CPB to be checked over and credited, and the negotiators can break for summer holiday. 

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Jul 18 '17 08:23

Dutch nationals in the U.K. considering taking British citizenship in order to avoid complications after the Brexit, must be aware that they will lose their Netherlands passport due to existing limits on dual nationality, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said, according to The Guardian.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima
Jul 18 '17 07:57

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima officially opened the during the memorial service on the third anniversary of the disaster on Monday afternoon. The monument is located in Vijfhuizen Park next to Schiphol Airport, where MH17 took off on July 17th, 2014.

D66-leader Alexander Pechtold
Jul 12 '17 09:49

After a week and a half of negotiations, the VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie have made little progress in forming a new Dutch government together, according to D66 leader Alexander Pechtold. moved by centimeters, rather than meters, he said after Tuesday's negotiations in the Johan de Witthuis in The Hague, NU.nl reports.

Johan de Witthuis on Kneuterdijk in The Hague
Jul 10 '17 13:30

The Dutch government formation talks are continuing this week, but not on the Binnenhof. On Monday and Tuesday the leaders of the VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie, and their seconds, will be negotiating in the Johan de Witthuis, a few hundred meters away from their regular meeting place, AD reports.

Mediator Gerrit Zalm hopes that a change of scenery wil bring some new inspiration. 

Mark Rutte, January 2016
Jul 10 '17 09:08

Prime Minister Mark Rutte used the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg this weekend to speak with Russian president Vladimir Putin about the MH17 disaster and the decision to under Dutch law, NOS reports.

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Jul 7 '17 11:05

The G20 summit is starting in Hamburg today and the Netherlands is participating for the first time in seven years, at the invitation of German chancellor Angela Merkel. And while the Netherlands ispart in the summit, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his delegation may face some uncomfortable questions, given the Netherlands' reputation as 'tax haven'.

Mark Rutte, January 2016
Jul 6 '17 14:50

Prime Minister Mark Rutte is excited to attend the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany on Saturday. He thinks it's good that the Netherlands is participating in this year's summit. "Especially given the international developments, it is important that the Netherlands is there again as a major economy", he said to the press, according to NOS. 

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Jul 5 '17 15:50

Prime Minister Mark Rutte is pleased that those responsible for downing flight MH17 calling the decision the "next step on the way to finding the truth." The Dutch government is also signing a treaty with the Ukraine on Friday that will allow for prosecution on behalf of all 298 victims, not only the 196 Dutch, AD reports. 

Gerrit Zalm
Jun 29 '17 16:00

New mediator Gerrit Zalm plans to address the big issues first in the negotiations. Next week the VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie will discuss medical-ethics, a point on which the D66 and ChristenUnie have .

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Jun 28 '17 10:47

Indian Prime Minister on Tuesday. To welcome him, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte tweeted a message to him in Hindi. While the gesture was appreciated, Rutte's message mostly left internet users confused.

The problem was that the Dutch Prime Minister forgot to add spaces between the words. 

Narendra Modi
Jun 27 '17 09:26

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is paying a short work-visit to the Netherlands on Tuesday. He will spend half the day in The Hague, where he will meet members of the cabinet, the Dutch King and Queen and the Indian community in the Netherlands. The goal for this visit is to strengthen ties between the two countries, the Telegraaf reports.

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