The Senate adopted the housing agreement. The debate focused on the renter's levy, which should yield 1.7 billion in savings. Following objections from Labour Senator Duivesteijn, Minister Block made a number of commitments.
The renter's levy the cabinet wants to introduce should be of a temporary nature, according to Labour Party senator Duivesteijn to the Senate. He is considering submitting a motion about the subject. The voice of the Labour Party is crucial for the government.
Minister of Finance Jeroen Dijsselbloem has been named politician of the year by the Dutch parliamentary press.
PVV leader Geert Wilders wants to bring down the European Union, has dubbed Islam an "inferior culture" and said that future Eastern European migrants should stay home.
Russia has informed Greenpeace activists that they cannot leave the country, reports North Devon Journal reports Friday.
Employees who care for a sick friend or acquaintance are entitled to a leave of absence for that purpose, writes the government in a letter to the Lower House.
Minister Frans Timmermans (Foreign Affairs) does not want to the "dirty work" for other European countries by prematurely opposing Albany's membership. He will look for allies within Europe to support his position.
In spite of internal arguments in the past years, the PVV is almost the largest party in the City of The Hague.
While the world was in grief Friday about the passing of Nelson Mandela, a major newspaper and a politician from a major political party here have found themselves apologizing for racially insensitive public statements they made on Thursday regarding the South African leader’s death
The Netherlands government plans to allocate €150 million in debt relief to Sudan in its 2014 budget, Sudan Tribune reports.
GroenLinks parliamentarian, Linda Voortman, presented an initiative Act on Thursday, together with D66, meant to replace the open government Act (WOB).
In an initial response, Prime Minister Rutte calls the death of Mandela a time to observe a moment of silence.
Dmitri Borodin, the Russian diplomat who was arrested a couple of months ago in The Hague, for the abuse of his children, left a farewell letter, pinned on a board of the hall of his flat.
The Public Prosecution (OM) demanded 120 hours of community service or 60 days imprisonment against former Meerssen mayor, Ricardo Offermanns. Offermanns (VVD) participated in violating professional secrecy by receiving confidential information from former Roermond alderman Jos van Rey (also VVD), according to the OM
The European Commission (EC) and the Turkish government have agreed to launch a visa liberalization dialogue and to sign a readmission agreement.
Former Commissioner of the Queen of North Holland, Harry Borghouts, repeatedly warned former deputy Ton Hooijmaijers in the past to steer clear of the real estate sector, according to his statement Wednesday morning on a local radio station.
The CDA and PvdA fractions in Maastricht think mayor Hoes should be more aware of his public function. Pictures serviced in the media, showing Hoes kissing another man, not being his husband, on the mouth, in the lobby of a hotel.
Socialist and Labour MPs have questioned a ‘rain of bullets’ on a train hijacked by South Moluccan activists in 1977.
The Criminal Code no longer imposes a ban on more offensive blasphemy.
The House voted for, Tuesday it will be up to the Senate, but many senators are reluctant to remove blasphemy from the penal code.
The controversial Russian diplomat, Dmitry Borodin, has left the Netherlands. In a tweet Sunday night, he said his departure "is not entirely of his own accord."
On Thursday, Australian Greenpeace activist Colin Russell was released by a Russian court in St. Petersburg on bail, Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Minister Plasterk sees nothing in the plan of the VVD to introduce a modified passport for residents of Curaçao, Aruba, and St. Maarten, as suggested by MP Bosman today.
An MP for anti-immigration party PVV has revived a plan to deport people from the Antilles and Aruba for criminal acts. The plan from MP Sietse Fritsma is virtually identical to the one proposed by former VVD integration minister Rita Verdonk in 2007.