Politics

Sep 3 '14 09:20

Just an hour after Minister Frans Timmermans' meeting with President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels on Tuesday, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte confirmed in Parliament that the Foreign Affairs Minister is indeed the Dutch candidate for the new commission

Minister Stef Blok (Source: Wikimedia/Rijksoverheid)
Sep 2 '14 14:22

The D66 wants clarification from the Cabinet over the high sick leave in the national government. According to recent figures absenteeism was 5.2 percent last year, well above the Dutch average of 3.9 percent, Trouw.nl reports.

Sep 2 '14 14:07

Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS), Edith Schippers will consider the recommendation made by the committee headed by Hans Borstlap that the NZa should be split up.

Geeert Wilders (Source: Wikimedia/Fabio Visconti)
Sep 2 '14 13:01

Though justice has not yet decided to prosecute Geert Wilders, the court in The Hague is busy preparing for the trial against him.

Hizb ut Tahrir
Sep 2 '14 11:50

The Cabinet's new policy to enforce stricter measures against the threat of jihadism amongst Dutch nationals is not supported by some Muslim organizations, who argue that the Cabinet is going to target all Muslims rather than a select group, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.

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Sep 2 '14 11:10

“So we’re supposed to live out in the streets now? Is that the solution?” an Iraqi man exclaimed this morning when he and seven other Iraqi refugees had to vacate the Sacraments Church in The Hague.

Minister Timmermans
Sep 2 '14 08:49

Minister Frans Timmermans of Foreign Affairs has an appointment with Jean-Claude Juncker, the new president of the European Commission, in Brussels today. The PvdA Minister will be interviewing for the position of European Commissioner, a top function, and may become Juncker's second man, the NOS reports.

Nederlandse Zorgautoriteit
Sep 1 '14 18:09

The Dutch healthcare authority NZa needs strong reforms and better management, a report commissioned by Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport Edith Schippers (VVD) will reveal on Tuesday. The report, leaked to newspaper NRC, directs strong criticism at the dual mission of the organisation, which provides policy recommendations and the spervision of hospitals and insurers, claiming that the organisation is plagued by internal security leaks and undue managerial influence.

Dutch Soldiers (Source: Wikimedia/Minister-president Rutte)
Sep 1 '14 16:30

The Netherlands has agreed to a new NATO mission in Afghanistan. The intention is that a hundred soldiers will be sent to the country, starting January 1st 2015.

Eberhard_van_der_Laan_(2010)
Sep 1 '14 14:36

Mayor Eberhard van der Laan continues to explore how Amsterdam and other municipalities can provide shelter for asylum seekers. Van der Laan and Secretary of Justice, Fred Teeven, discussed this topic on Monday morning.

Logo of political party 50PLUS (Source: Wikimedia/Silver Spoon)
Sep 1 '14 13:30

A poll published today by Maurice de Hond on behalf of the Scientific Bureau of older party 50PLUS showed that 55 percent of voters want to lower the retirement age again.

Joram van Klaveren
Sep 1 '14 10:12

Ex-PVV Member of Parliament Joram van Klaveren wants to re-introduce the mandatory military service law for males and females that would see youths participate in military service to keep them on the right track.

Frans Timmermans
Sep 1 '14 08:40

Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem is no longer the leading candidate for position as European Commissioner. Instead, sources in Brussels and The Hague tell De Volkskrant that the Cabinet has placed Minister Frans Timmermans of Foreign Affairs at the head of candidates for Dutch European Commissioner.

Aug 29 '14 17:24

Minister for Security and Justice Ivo Opstelten has called for the withdrawal of Dutch citizenship of anyone who joins an armed terrorist group. His proposal is one of several measures Prime Minister Mark Rutte's cabinet plans to undertake in an effort to tackle radicalization and Jihadism in the Netherlands.

Henk Kamp, VVD, Economic Affairs (Source: Wikimedia/Helene C Stikkel)
Aug 29 '14 16:40

Minister Henk Kamp (VVD - Economic Affairs) described the call by CDA leader Sybrand van Haersma Buma to make the Netherlands self-sufficient in agriculture as an incomprehensible story in the Volkskrant.

Photo: Service Metro Municipality of Amsterdam
Aug 29 '14 13:12

The Amsterdam public transit authority, GVB, has released new video footage of the still under construction Noord-Zuid underground metro line. Although still incomplete, a camera-mounted drone has captured footage of the route, giving people an insider's look at the over €3 billion project.

Aug 29 '14 09:41

On Friday, the Cabinet will discuss further measures to be taken in the mission to diffuse radicalization among youths in The Netherlands. The aim is to prevent youths choosing the side of radical Islam, Het Parool reports.

Desmond Tutu (Source: Wikimedia/Elke Wetzig)
Aug 28 '14 17:23

South African Nobel prize winner and anti apartheid activist Desmond Tutu wrote in a public letter to the Dutch Pension Fund that ABP must withdraw from Israel, Het Parool reports.

Aug 28 '14 09:32

Teachers in The Netherlands are getting the right to time and money for teaching on the side. As part of a €1.2 billion scheme from the Cabinet to improve education, teachers in primary education will get an extra €500 and two hours per year, and teachers in continuing education will get €600 per year as well as five percent of the amount of hours they work per year, the NOS reports.

Aug 28 '14 09:03

After negotiations at the Ministry of Finance with financial specialist from the ruling parties and friendly opposition parties, the Cabinet seems to be in agreement about the budget for next year. Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem says the consensus is a "careful budget", De Telegraaf reports.

Aug 27 '14 14:55

An asylum seeker broke a vertebra and suffered brain hemorrhage last night when he crashed through a stairway balustrade in a home in Amsterdam in which 80 refugees are squatting.

Doel Nuclear Power Plant (Source: Wikimedia/Ad Meskens)
Aug 27 '14 14:25

Politicians from the Dutch provinces Brabant and Zeeland are concerned about the sabotage on Belgian nuclear reactor Doel 4, as the nuclear power plant is located near the Dutch border.

Red Cross
Aug 27 '14 10:12

The Cabinet is making €6.5 million available for extra emergency aid to the population of North Iraq. Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Foreign Trade and Development Co-operation announces today that this money will go to helping these people who are fleeing their homes because of the threat of IS, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.

King Willem-Alexander, Princess Beatrix and Queen Maxima (Source: Wikimedia/Floris Looijesteijn)
Aug 26 '14 16:01

The Protestant Church in the Netherlands feels that King Willem-Alexander speaks too little about God in his speeches.

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