Politics

Oct 2 '14 08:26

Politicians are favoring a harder line, and being stricter on the rules of bonuses for banks. In a Parliament meeting about the cabinet plan to tackle banker bonuses, ruling party, the PvdA, will demand an increase in fines for banks and insurers who dismiss the bonus ban, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.

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Oct 1 '14 17:32

Disgraced, dismissed, and discredited, 50Plus parliamentarian and Friends of Gay Krant Founder Henk Krol has again come under fire after it emerged on Monday that he artificially inflated circulation figures of his magazine Gay Krant, which was placed into bankruptcy in March 2013. According to Gay Krant shareholder Marc Putman, Krol continually told advertisers that the Gay Krant had a circulation of around 60,000 subscribers.

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Oct 1 '14 17:31

The cost of building bike storage facilities at train stations is becoming too high for municipalities, according to the ChristenUnie MP Carla Dik-Faber. Dik-Faber has called for the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) to contribute funds for construction and operation.

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Oct 1 '14 13:55

Minister Plasterk of Kingdom Affairs is intervening in St. Maarten.

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Oct 1 '14 12:26

During a briefing on the Dutch participation in the fight against ISIS it emerged that the Netherlands actually has no money for attacking ISIS in Iraq.

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Oct 1 '14 11:38

Exactly half of the people who voted for the PvdA, the Dutch labour party, in the 2012 Parliamentary election regret their choice, an Ipsos poll released on Wednesday shows. Respondents said that the PvdA’s inability to fulfill their promises, and the party's continued lack of action led them to regret casting their vote.

Sep 30 '14 16:42

Police on Tuesday arrested a 21-year-old man from his home in The Hague on suspicion of taking part in terrorist training camps. The arrest comes as part of a large-scale investigation into jihadi activity in the Netherlands, during which 49 people identified as suspected jihadists have had their passports withdrawn and several arrest warrants issued.

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Sep 30 '14 16:02

State Secretary Fred Teeven (Security and Justice) gave up his plan for the introduction of an ankle strap for prisoners in the last part of their sentence in the Senate today.

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Sep 30 '14 14:45

With only three months to go, there is almost no staff at City Hall who expect that the transfer of new responsibilities to municipalities will go smoothly.

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Sep 30 '14 13:15

The PvdA feels that the vacancy of offices, shops and commercial buildings must be addressed.

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Sep 30 '14 13:00

Deputy PM Lodewijk Asscher has expressed fears that robots will increasingly be able to take over tasks historically performed by people, leading to a future rise in unemployment. Robots could replace cleaners, warehouse employees and even taxi drivers, according to Asscher.

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Sep 30 '14 12:43

National rail firm Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) announced Tuesday that bathrooms will be installed on Sprinter trains across the Netherlands by mid 2021, nearly four years earlier than previously expected. State Secretary for Infrastructure and Environment Wilma Mansveld wrote that installation of the toilets will begin in the first quarter of 2018 and involve 131 trains.

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Sep 30 '14 09:50

Asian restaurants have been in discussion with Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs and benefits agency UWV about receiving work permits to attract top Asian chefs to their restaurants. The parties came to an agreement, which will be officially signed on Wednesday in Amsterdam, de Telegraaf reports.

Sep 29 '14 16:17

A report by accountancy firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers on the integrity in St. Maarten, paints a picture of a tiny island with Government officials with immeasurable powers and no institutes to police failing legislation.

Sep 29 '14 11:16

Politicians in Rotterdam have told football club Feyenoord that it may have to come up with the millions needed for the extra land that construction company BAM needs to rebuild De Kuip stadium according to their measurements, De Telegraaf reports.

Sep 29 '14 07:00

A candid picture of Queen Maxima and Ingrid Bouterse, the wife of Suriname president Desi Bouterse, posing together has prompted both countries to hop into defense mode over the weekend.

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Sep 26 '14 14:49

Philadelphia, the second largest disability care firm in the Netherlands, is withdrawing from 150 of the 200 municipalities where they are currently guiding the mentally disabled.

Sep 26 '14 13:19

According to Minister of Security and Justice Ivo Opstelten people should continue living a normal life despite the terror threats.

Sep 26 '14 11:38

Now that the EU aid scheme for European farmers have been scrapped, whatever surplus farmers have left over from their harvests of fruits and vegetables is not being sent to food banks, Food Banks Netherlands tells BNR.

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Sep 26 '14 11:19

The number of new asylum seekers in The Netherlands is higher than last year, state secretary Fred Teeven of Security and Justice writes to Parliament. Press service Novum reports.

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Sep 26 '14 08:17

In Utrecht, state secretary for Security and Justice Fred Teeven has upset Mayor Jan van Zanen by executing a 'power-play', removing an asylum seeker from a center without consulting the Mayor, which is the agreement, RTV Utrecht reports.

Sep 26 '14 07:48

At the United Nations General Assembly in New York Thursday, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that the tragedy of MH17 is felt throughout the country, and that The Netherlands will not rest until there is justice, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.

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Sep 25 '14 13:48

A majority in the Second Chamber does not want to give Amsterdam the opportunity to introduce a compulsory helmet law for scooters.

Sep 25 '14 13:29

New regulations concerning the hygiene of sex toy have sparked a quarrel between Red Light District window operators and Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan. As part of the new licensing conditions, operators themselves will be made responsible for ensuring that sex toys maintain proper hygiene standards.

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