Politics

Sep 18 '14 09:37

Dutch people believe that the Cabinet plans for free home care to family and friends puts increasing pressure on individuals who have to care for friends or family by themselves according to The Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP), the NRC writes.

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Sep 18 '14 09:08

The Schilderswijk in The Hague has been definitively confirmed a no-demonstration zone after the court in the city has rejected requests from the Netherlands Folk Union (NVU) and the Anti-Fascist Action (AFA) to demonstrate there on the 20th of September, De Telegraaf writes.

Sep 18 '14 08:40

Research bureau Motivaction and professor of sociology and migration Ruud Koopmans have taken distance from the manner in which PVV-leader Geert Wilders used their research data, arguing that he used his own bias to pull the data behind his argument unjustly, Trouw reports.

Sep 18 '14 08:13

In the international fight against ISIS and the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and possibly also Syria, The Netherlands will contribute with the deployment of F-16's. According to sources in the Cabinet, Kurdish resistance forces will also get Dutch weapons, Trouw reports.

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Sep 17 '14 15:19

Amsterdam is investing in education and poverty as agreed by coalition parties D66, VVD and SP. 

This is evident from the budget for 2015 that was presented by alderman Udo Kock (D66).

€32 million extra is available for Amsterdam schools and an extra €20 million for the fight against poverty. The waste levy decreases with 15 million euro.

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Sep 17 '14 14:25

Minister of Finance Jeroen Dijsselbloef presented the Budget in the Second Chamber yesterday. The Budget contains the Cabinet's plans for the next year.

Sep 17 '14 13:01

Today at the start of the general considerations, the annual debate on the Cabinet's plan for the next year, PVV leader Geert Wilders once again demanded that the Koran be removed from Chamber President Anouchka van Miltenburg's table. Wilders finds in inappropriate to have the Koran in the room now that the Islamic State is sowing terror. According to Wilders the holy Islamic book is a "declaration of war" and a "license to kill", BNR reports.

Sep 17 '14 11:07

The Moroccan ambassador to The Netherlands, Abdelouahab Bellouki, has said that he will file an official complaint against the police in The Hague for their aggressive actions against Dutch Moroccans in the Schilderswijk neighborhood, the NOS reports.

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Sep 17 '14 11:00

A delegation from the House Chamber has visited the naval ship The Seven Provinces on the east coast of a Africa. The delegation which included Chamber President Anouchka van Miltenburg toured the ship last week as it went out on patrol. The Seven Provinces is part of the anti-piracy operation Atalanta.

Sep 17 '14 10:04

Prime Minister Mark Rutte is positive about the budget plans for next year. In an interview with the Algemeen Dagblad, he emphasizes that his Cabinet will have to "stay the course in uncertain times."

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Sep 17 '14 09:30

Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert of Defense warns Parliament that the modernization of some of the Ministry's military helicopters will be more expensive than previously thought, Elsevier reports.

Sep 16 '14 19:54

Over seven hundred jobs will disappear from the prison system reveals an internal Ministry of Security and Justice memorandum, uncovered by De Telegraaf. This in addition to closing nineteen prisons in 2013, and a loss of 2000 jobs.

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Sep 16 '14 16:10

Although many Dutch households reported a cut in spending in 2014, a smaller percentage of the country slashed their personal budgets compared to last year, according to market research firm Ipsos. In a survey of a thousand people in the Netherlands, the firm found that some 67 percent of people in the country tightened their belts, compared to 86 percent a year earlier.

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Sep 16 '14 13:05

The Netherlands is getting a direct line with the new President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.

Sep 16 '14 11:23

The Cabinet is planning to increase the number of jobs for people with disabilities with 100,000 up to 2026. The plan is now being contested by employers and employees, who want a more broad definition of the disability employment regulation, BNR reports.

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Sep 16 '14 08:48

At the Iraq Summit in Paris yesterday, Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Frans Timmermans outed strong criticism against Russia for doing too little to aid global actions against the rise of the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, according to the Algemeen Dagblad.

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Sep 16 '14 08:02

MP for the PvdA, Ahmed Marchouch, says that he was pelted with eggs and fireworks in The Hague's Schilderswijk on Monday. He tells Omroep West that the culprits also shouted slurs at him.

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Sep 16 '14 07:35

The Hague is expected to be visited by tens of thousands of spectators today as the annual Prinsjesdag parade makes its way through the city. The visitors will also listen to the throne speech on the 200-year anniversary of Prinsjesdag, and also the official announcement of the budget for next year.

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Sep 15 '14 15:49

Emeritus Professor Piet de Rooy wrote the best political book of last year. The book "Ons stipje op de waereldkaart" (Our specks on the world map) won him the Prinsjesboekenprijs on Monday.

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Sep 15 '14 14:51

There seems to be little public support in the Second Chamber for the PVV's Zwarte Piet law. It is nothing more than a PR stunt according to legal experts from BNR. 

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Sep 15 '14 11:28

Social Affairs Minister Lodewijk Asscher has sent Parliament legislation to arrange a new regulation that would see new fathers receive guaranteed paternity leave if the mother dies during childbirth. Mothers with premature babies will also receive 10 weeks to take care of the child at home, Elsevier reports.

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Sep 15 '14 09:32

PVV-leader Geert Wilders has spoken about his party's plans to construct a Zwarte Piet law which, if it passes, would oblige municipalities to make sure that Zwarte Piet is specifically black during public appearances, such as the Sinterklaas entry tour, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.

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Sep 12 '14 16:12

Minister Jeanine Hennis of Defense announced today that a number of Dutch military planners are going to the United States to discuss military actions against the terrorist organization ISIS.

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Sep 12 '14 15:59

The Netherlands can not ban the terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIS) in the same way that Germany plans to. Isis can however be banned by the court at the insistence of the Public Prosecutor, the same thing that happened to pedophiles association Martijn.

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