Politics

Sep 30 '13 07:59

A coalition of six major nature and environmental organizations wants to transfer 110 million euro, meant as income support for farmers, to a fund for the development of rural areas. Farmers organizations are very against this proposal.

At a conference in Utrecht held on Monday afternoon, Natuurmonumenten, Vogelbescherming Nederland, Landschapsbeheer Nederland, De 12Landschappen, Stichting Natuur en Milieu en Milieudefensie will propose their plan.  If they succeed this means 1800 euro less in the wallet of the average farmer.

Income support

Sep 27 '13 04:12

Prime Minister Rutte debated more than six hours today with the opposition about the plans for 2014. No final commitments were done, so what was achieved?

Sep 27 '13 02:08

Starting today Scherpenzeel is run by the youngest mayor of The Netherlands. The 31-year-old Ben Visser was installed in an extraordinary council meeting in the Veluwe town.

Sep 26 '13 04:24

The ministry of Defense is intended to sell 15 F16 jet fighters and 52 Maverick rockets to Jordan. Both parties have agreed upon this, wrote minister Jeanine Hennis to the House.

The signing of the contract will probably done next month. Included in the sales will also be training of the maintenance and use of the jet fighters. The actual delivery will take place around the end of 2015.

The sale was judged on several criteria of the EU and passed the test. An important criterion is if it will have any consequences for the human rights in the receiving country.

Sep 26 '13 04:10

Wednesday was the first of two days Budget Discussion in the House.

Sep 25 '13 11:43

On Wednesday and Thursday the House will discuss the Dutch National Budget which was presented on Tuesday last week by the government. The opposition had a week to study and come up with alternatives.

Sep 24 '13 04:11

CDA leader Sybrand Buma has presented an alternative budget. The CDA thinks to recover the economy and employment by reducing the costs for employers and employees with 2.9 billion euro.

This week the House will discuss the Dutch national Budget which was presented by the government on Prinsjesdag.

Sep 23 '13 02:56

The CDU'er Kees de Vries is the first Dutchman in the Bundestag. He campaigned with the slogan 'Kees de Vries speaks our language'.

Sep 20 '13 05:08

The bold decision of Minister Jeanine Hennis and the government to try to finalize the year-long discussions about the JSF, that is, choosing to purchase 37 JSFs, has caused turmoil in the Dutch society. 

Sep 19 '13 04:00

The main news from the Budget was yesterday repeated endlessly by the different media. Many notable plans and facts from the budget of the government however did not reach the media. Big chance that you did not know the following ten facts.

1. Windfall by telecom auction?

This year the auction of 4G frequencies brought a windfall for the Treasury of up to 3.8 billion euro. Next year the so-called 2GHz frequencies, which expire in 2016, will be  auctioned again. The previous auction in 1998 yielded 1.84 billion. Looks promising!

2. Largest costs

Sep 19 '13 02:33

The government wants to re-do the location research for test drilling for shale gas.

Sep 18 '13 09:12

In the middle of the commotion about the budget for the coming year towards Budget Day, minister Jeanine Hennis of Defense released the plans for the future of Defense. One of the decisions of the government is to buy 37 JSFs.

Sep 18 '13 08:49

Coalition partners VVD and PvdA see a recovery of the Dutch economy. This was clear from a debate between the group leaders of the six largest parties in the House. 

Both Zijlstra (VVD) and Samsom (PvdA) told their opponents that they were seeing signs of recovery, like the sectors housing and export.

The opposition had another view. Wilders (PVV) and Roemer (SP) think that this government ruins the economy with all the cuts. Wilders even said that Zijlstra and Samsom were possibly from another planet.

Sep 18 '13 03:52

Almost no one knows, but for years holes in the budget were plugged with a can of coke or a glass of orange. The government even taxes mineral water. Not everyone is happy about it, not even in The Hague.

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Sep 18 '13 03:40

It’s obviously one of the most popular but also controversial tourist spots of Amsterdam. The red light district, in Dutch also called De Wallen, is situated in one of the oldest parts of Amsterdam and has around 2000 prostitutes. In 2007 the municipality of Amsterdam launched ‘Project 1012’ to fight against the high level of crime and human trafficking in the postal code area ‘1012’, where De Wallen is also located. After five years, has this initiative paid off?

Sep 18 '13 02:12

Prime Minister Mark Rutte counts on the Tuesday presented package of six billion in additional spending cuts being the last addition to the coalition agreement.

Sep 17 '13 02:14

The FNV actions against new cuts from the government, on November 30, are still on.

Sep 17 '13 02:13

A video surfaced of the Dutch Sjaak Rijke and six other hostages, who were kidnapped by al-Qaeda . Rijke was kidnapped two years ago in Mali. The other hostages are four Frenchmen, a Swede and a South African.

Sep 16 '13 02:59

The Dutchman loses an average of 0.5 percent of their purchasing power next year. The growth of the Dutch economy will average 0.5 percent, while the budget deficit will average 3.3 percent in 2014.

Sep 13 '13 03:07

The Dutch voter is not very afraid of things like the crisis, unemployment and climate change, but is angry with politics, according to research from Kieskompas of the Free University in Amsterdam, commissioned by Trouw newspaper.

Sep 13 '13 02:40

The government is not going to ease the policy for asylum seekers who can not return to their country of origin for reasons beyond their control.

Sep 10 '13 03:07

PVV leader Geert Wilders protested on Monday at the Romanian Embassy in The Hague,  against the opening of borders for Bulgarian and Romanian workers.

Wilders came to deliver a letter in which he is expressing his concern about the arrival of Romanians and Bulgarians, who are free to come to work starting January 1, 2014. Wilders was received at the embassy for an interview. After the meeting the PVV leader said he was ‘received well’ and that the Romanians 'had listened to him’.

Sep 9 '13 05:48

Voters continue to turn their backs on the Labour Party (PvdA). If elections for parliament were held now, the party would only get 11 seats, one less than the figure a week ago. This is evident from the poll results published on Sunday by Maurice de Hond. 

According to de Hond, the PvdA has never scored so poorly in the polls.

In addition, the VVD coalition partner would lose a seat, according to the poll. The Liberals would now have 19 seats, the lowest number since 2010. In the House, VVD and PvdA have 41 and 38 seats, respectively.

Sep 8 '13 02:37

Health care fraud occurs for many millions, using doctors' personal declaration codes, says RTL News.

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