Politics

Jean-Claude Juncker
Jun 26 '14 11:31

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD) has said that the appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker as successor of José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, will be approved by The Netherlands.

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Jun 26 '14 10:57

Despite an overall drop in unemployment, in the over-50s age group, it seems to be increasing. Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs will make €34 million available for a plan to give the over-50s extra training.

Holiday
Jun 26 '14 09:24

The VVD believes that every two weeks of holiday for those on welfare must be preceded by six months of job hunting. The liberal party is now trying to constrict holiday rights for those living off the state.

Edith Schippers (Source: Wikimedia/Rijksoverheid.nl)
Jun 25 '14 13:51

Health care insurance companies have been afforded a new policy option in which they only pay for specialist care or psychologists which are under contract with them. This policy can be cheaper for insurers, and will be introduced in 2016.

Jun 24 '14 10:12

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima are going to Poland today and tomorrow as their first state visit. Talks will revolve around trade, and history.

Geert Wilders en Jean-Marie Le Pen
Jun 24 '14 08:05

Geert Wilders has failed to gather enough members for his Parliamentary group. The PVV-leader is two members short of the necessary seven EU member states for a Parliamentary faction to be valid. He hopes to have more success towards the end of the year.

Lab research
Jun 23 '14 09:26

When we talk about winning money for EU researches, Dutch researchers and entrepreneurs walk hand in hand.

They have managed to receive almost 3,4 billion euro between 2007 and 2013. This is almost one and a half times the amount that The Netherlands pays for via the EU budget, wrote Education Secretary Sander Dekker and Economics Affairs Minister Henk Kamp in a letter to Parliament on Friday.

D66-leader Alexander Pechtold
Jun 23 '14 07:34

D66 leader Alexander Pechtold is most suitable to follow up current Prime Minister Mark Rutte is believed by voters. Pechtold scored highest out of the six group leaders with a score of 5.6. This was announced by market research office Ipsos on Thursday after they did research on the topic.

Ronald Plasterk
Jun 20 '14 12:09

Today, the Cabinet made the official move to stop the controversial planning for a 'super province'. The fusion of the provinces North-Holland, Utrecht and Flevoland already divided Cabinet parties. Thursday's talks on the issue ran to a dead end.

Parliament
Jun 19 '14 14:22

A heated exchange between MPs Harm Beertema of PVV and Alexander Pechtold of the D66 momentarily disrupted a debate in the House of Parliament today. It all started when D66-leader Pechtold asked Beertema to clarify the possible cooperation between the PVV and Polish party KNP in a European Parliament faction.

Jun 19 '14 11:01

PVV-leader Geert Wilders has recruited Polish party KNP (New Right) for his new faction in the European Parliament. This was announced by the Polish party, Trouw reports.

Jun 18 '14 08:53

The fusion of the provinces North-Holland, Utrecht and Flevoland into one big super province, Noordvleugel, is losing speed every day, according to sources of De Volkskrant. The Cabinet will likely scrap the idea entirely at the end of the week, as political opinions on this topic are not flexible.

Jun 17 '14 14:01

Garbage collectors are still on strike in Amsterdam, Utrecht and Groningen. Garbage is lying on the streets in these cities. The cool, overcast weather is preventing serious odor problems, but residents and business owners are starting to complain.

Jun 12 '14 10:08

Eurosceptic populist parties such as UKIP and the PVV are having a hard time forming factions for the European Parliament, meaning that these parties are under threat of ending up on the sidelines. It seems highly likely that Nigel Farage and Geert Wilders will lose their power.

Amsterdam
Jun 12 '14 09:01

A coalition agreement has finally been reached between centrist election winners D66, the VVD conservative party and the Socialist Party in Amsterdam, said Amsterdam D66-chairman Jan Paternotte on Twitter this morning. For the first time since World War II, the leftwing PvdA will be in opposition on the Amsterdam City Council.

Jun 10 '14 15:58

Political leaders from the Netherlands, Germany, UK and Sweden met in Stockholm today to discuss reforms in European politics. It is likely that the succession of the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, was also discussed.

Geert Wilders en Jean-Marie Le Pen
Jun 9 '14 08:22

PVV-leader Geert Wilders finds the latest anti-Semitic statements of French Front National party-founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, "disgusting," he told newswire ANP. Wilders still gave Le Pen some benefit of the doubt, when he said, “If the statements were truly made, and meant [in that way], they are without a doubt disgusting which I have already mentioned to Front National.” He did not want to give further explanation according to the ANP.

Jun 6 '14 15:46

Minister Asscher of Social Affairs is going to press Morocco in September that the social security agreement has to be amended, and that action on the agreement is running out of time, the NOS reports.

Jun 6 '14 13:20

The Public Prosecution Authority (OM) has so far received 120 complaints from people against PvdA-leaders Diederik Samsom and Hans Spekman after a call from PVV-leader Geert Wilders. The OM has also heard from 5,000 people about Geert Wilders' anti-Moroccan remarks during the municipal elections, the Volkskrant reports.

Jun 6 '14 10:41

The Cabinet has signed a deal allowing healthcare insurers to choose whether or not to insure healthcare providers who are not under contract, a law which will be introduced per 2016. Previously, this was mandatory. Coalition parties PvdA and VVD signed with opposition parties D66, ChristenUnie and SGP, De Volkskrant reports.

rena netjes
Jun 6 '14 09:21

Dutch journalist Rena Netjes could be sentenced to between 15 and 25 years in prison if convicted of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Netjes is one of twenty journalists criminally charged in connection with a clampdown on global news television network al-Jazeera.

Jun 6 '14 08:47

After the Dutch municipal elections of March 19, negotiations for the new city government coalitions are ongoing in five local councils. Cities that are still working on an agreement are Amsterdam and Den Haag, and smaller towns Den Helder and Blaricum in Noord Holland, and Zutphen, Gelderland.

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Jun 5 '14 16:55

The Second Chamber has officially appointed Guido van Woerkom as National Ombudsman today.

Illidge
Jun 5 '14 10:55

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte refused to receive a visiting parliamentary delegation from St. Maarten on Wednesday, if its independent Member (MP) Patrick Illidge would be present.

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