Politics

Mar 28 '13 08:21

The “Blok mortgage” has to be the way to make the housing market moving again. But almost no bank wants to offer it and mortgage advisers refuse to sell it. RTL News concludes this after its own investigation.

Recently Volkskrant reported that the newly devised mortgage construction of Minister Stef Blok (Housing) to reduce monthly costs for starters proved to be very expensive. A calculation of the advice chain Hypotheker shows that an average starter with a block mortgage pays almost 60,000 euro more interest over the whole period than people with an annuity-type mortgage.

Mar 27 '13 08:00

Although the 50Plus party is doing well in polls, the unions of the elderly claim to be critical of the party of Henk Krol.

The daily journal Trouw interviewed the unions of elderly people. Five of these organizations for senior citizens were not happy at all with the party.

“We don’t want to be associated with the image that 50Plus stands for the interests of the elderly only,” says Wim van Minnen, the chairman of CSO, the umbrella organization of the elderly unions. “Every discussion about the young and old undermines the solidarity that we stand for.”

Mar 27 '13 06:07

The members of the parliament are very happy that State Secretary for Education, Sander Dekker, is going to take on teasing at schools. The coming new law of Dekker can count on the support of the coalition parties VVD and PvdA, but part of the opposition also promised support.

Mar 22 '13 08:41

The rise of the 50Plus party has come to an end in the Politieke Barometer.

According to this poll, by investigation bureau Ipsos, the party of Henk Krol would get 16 seats in parliament if elections were held today. Though that is significantly more than the two seats the party has now, it is three less than the outcome of the same poll given two weeks ago.

The PVV benefits most from the decline in the results for the 50Plus, jumping from 18 seats two weeks ago, to 20 seats in the poll now.

Mar 22 '13 01:57

Lelystad expects more than thousand Turks to protest against Dutch youth care policy this Friday. Unrest is growing in Turkey and among Turks living in the Netherlands because of reception of Turkish-Dutch children by gay couples and families with a different religious background.

Mar 22 '13 01:50

Security and Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten is planning "additional actions" to more effectively respond to digital threats.

Mar 22 '13 01:35

Dutch labour party, PvdA, is calling for a greater level of transparency from criminal psychiatric clinics, known in the Netherlands as TBS clinics. Party MPs want data on performance, therapies and check-outs to be presented in a clearer and more comprehensible manner.

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