Politics

Aug 27 '13 04:21

The United States must "fully open up" about the evidence that they say, they have of the fact that Syrian President Assad is behind the poison gas attacks of last week. The Netherlands didn’t receive that information yet, said Minister of Foreign Affairs, Frans Timmermans, on Monday at Knevel & Van den Brink.

Aug 27 '13 04:12

Dutch who get into trouble in countries where there is no Dutch diplomatic representation, may in the future also seek help at Swiss diplomatic representations.. Conversely, Swiss in similar circumstances may contact Dutch diplomats.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Frans Timmermans, and his Swiss counterpart Didier Burkhalter made agreements on Monday in The Hague.

Aug 27 '13 04:09

Lilian Janse has won the elections for lijsttrekker candidates at the SGP in the municipality of Vlissingen in Zeeland. She is the first woman elected within the SGP. This was reported after the election by Cees de Landmeter, president of the constituency of the SGP in Vlissingen.

Aug 27 '13 02:33

A 19-year old female who was detained last month for recruiting people for Syria left for the country herself.

Aug 26 '13 03:24

The mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan, Sunday called on the government to file a state complaint against Russia, for violation of human rights. He did so during the To Russia With Love concert, a demonstration for gay rights in Russia, at the Museum Square in the capital on Sunday evening. Van der Laan received a deafening applause.

Aug 24 '13 17:04

Former parliamentarian Desirée Bonis (PVDA) resigned in June, because her party would have too little input in the country's foreign policy.

Aug 23 '13 07:44

Dutch citizens assembled on Wednesday to protest the military takeover in Egypt and the consequent violence and deaths of anti-rebellion supporters.

Aug 22 '13 05:46

For the first time in the history of the SGP, a woman is running for a spot on the list in municipal elections. Lillian Janse wants, in the upcoming municipal elections in Vlissingen, to pull the cart as leader of the party. This is unique, because until March this year women could not run for the Christian party.

Aug 21 '13 05:22

Netherlands’ Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans has advised the Dutch parliament of his plans to persuade Brussels to end all assistance to Egypt as the violent aggression persists, Dutch media reported on Tuesday.

Aug 21 '13 04:51

The political party PvdA wants to know what City council has done with the news of the Bijenkorf department store closing their Groningen branch in 2016.

Aug 20 '13 16:43

Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Minister of Finance and Vice Prime Minister, is still willing to talk, with the opposition, about the cuts for next year. This he said on Monday at a Labour Party meeting in Amsterdam.

Aug 20 '13 16:39

The Dutch government has retrieved on Monday 3 billion euro with the reopening of short-term loans. The interest was thereby, also for the shortest loan, higher than 0 percent.

Aug 19 '13 05:20

The European Union should create new rules to tackle the excesses of the free movement of workers from Eastern Europe to the West. This migration has a disruptive effect on poorer and less educated citizens in richer EU countries. Their work and income are threatened by newcomers, who are used to much lower wages and who didn’t experience the welfare state yet. Minister Lodewijk Asscher (Social Affairs) and the English writer David Goodhart say this in a letter which they sent to the Volkskrant and the British newspaper the Independent.

Aug 17 '13 07:06

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided to tighten the travel warning to Egypt, following a crisis in the country caused by a clash between the military force and Islamist supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

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.

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