Politics

May 6 '14 07:35

Bart Brands announced that he will depart as Member of State for the PVV in South-Holland on Tuesday. For Brands, the anti-Moroccan speeches made by party leader Geert Wilders during election evening are not the sole catalyst for his departure.

May 5 '14 17:08

Sales of scooters and powered bicycles from January through April rose by nearly 14 percent compared to the same period a year ago. Dealers have sold nearly 13,000 mopeds so far this year.

May 2 '14 09:58

Half of the voters who cast their ballots for the PvdA, and 37 percent who did so for the VVD in September 2012 regret voting the direction they did according to the political barometer published by research bureau Ipsos on Thursday.

May 2 '14 08:37

Marcel de Graaff, the PVV's frontrunner for the European Parliament elections on 22 May, came under fire on Thursday during a pre-election debate. The PvdA, VVD and D66 reproached De Graaff for working together with the French Front National.

Job Center
May 1 '14 13:44

The PvdA want the European Investment Bank to provide funds to create new jobs and training positions for young people. Extra investments into renewable energy and 'green' technology in the EU should create jobs for low- and high-educated young people.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte
May 1 '14 10:59

Prime Minister Mark Rutte has been asked by the House of Representatives to explain his threat of a Euro exit. Rutte is said to have told President of the European Council, Herman van Rompuy that the Netherlands may pull out of the Eurozone.

May 1 '14 10:32

The Cabinet of Rutte II must use the rest of its time in government, until 2017, for at least one big reform on taxes that makes working more attractive and demands more taxes from the rich. This position comes from PvdA-leader Diederik Samson, who tells the Volkskrant that the Cabinet should hold back less and must make big investments that boost the economy and employment.

Geert Wilders
Apr 28 '14 12:13

Geert Wilders claims that it is "regular" practice, and "a formality" to fine co-workers of the PVV €25,000 for outing any information about the party.

Apr 25 '14 13:39

Coalition parties VVD and PvdA proposed that alternatives for big wind turbine farms in the three northerly provinces should get a serious change. They did so during a debate about Cabinet plans for wind energy on land and at sea in the House of Representatives on Friday.

Apr 25 '14 09:02

Ex-VVD alderman Jos van Rey, who is being suspected of corruption and conflict of interest, is going to be sitting in an integrity commission in Roermond.

Amsterdam
Apr 24 '14 16:03

For the first time since 1946, Amsterdam may have to move forward with a city council without the PvdA. Almost a week after a minority agreement of D66 and GroenLinks it seems like all signs are pointing to the VVD, not the PvdA, becoming the third partner in the city council. The parties will publicize their choice for partner before the weekend.

Lucas Hartong
Apr 24 '14 15:31

European Parliamentarian and predicted frontrunner for the PVV, Lucas Hartong, pulled his candidacy for the upcoming elections because he doesn't want to work together with 'bad characters' from extremist parties such as the French National Front and the Austrian FPÖ.

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Apr 24 '14 11:27

Two F-16 fighter jets of Dutch Airforce were scrambled on Wednesday to intercept two Russian bombers that had invaded Dutch airspace.

Apr 23 '14 14:01

Economy cars are relatively widespread throughout the Netherlands, but they have not reduced CO2-emissions as much as previously expected.

Apr 23 '14 07:49

Stephan Jansen, State Member for the PVV in South-Holland is leaving the party.

Apr 22 '14 08:44

The biggest group of the Dutch soldiers part of the UN mission bound for Mali are departing on Tuesday.

Apr 21 '14 08:48

Governing parties VVD and PvdA each gained a seat in this week's poll by Maurice de Hond.

Apr 18 '14 15:12

Shoppers looking for bread in the North and East of the country came upon empty shelves Friday morning as a small group of drivers are on strike.

Double decker train in Amsterdam
Apr 17 '14 17:10

The new president of Dutch Railways (NS), Timo Huges, has said that he wants there to be more trains, that they should have a better reputation and make more profit. Trains should also be less congested, a spokesperson for the NS announces after a report about this in the Telegraaf.

Apr 17 '14 16:30

Pedophile association Martijn has been threatened with closure by the Supreme Court, according to the Volkskrant. The banning of the group will be decided on Friday, a decision that is being contested by supporters of the group, including 48 writers, scientists, journalists, actors and musicians.

Rob van Gijzel
Apr 16 '14 09:47

Politicos in Eindhoven are going to form a think-tank that will discuss incidents in the city that seem to point to an increasing intolerance.

Ronald Plasterk
Apr 16 '14 08:20

The Senate voted on the bill to amend referenda, put forward by PvdA, D66 and GroenLinks. The so-called advisory referendum (non-binding) will be instated temporarily until there is a corrective referendum (binding). The advisory referendum is getting a participation quorum of 30 percent of those eligible to vote.

Joram van Klaveren
Apr 15 '14 14:02

Joram van Klaveren, an ex-MP for the PVV who left at the end of March, did so due to the social pressure that arose after party-leader Geert Wilders' anti-Moroccan speech became too much for him, the Volkskrant reports.

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Apr 15 '14 13:17

The first unit of Dutch soldiers that will serve as part of the UN stabilization force in Mali (Minusma) left Schiphol yesterday.

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