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.
Minister Plasterk of Internal Affairs thinks that the unemployment allowance for politicians should not be decreased any further.
A stricter rewards policy will not result in a dramatic decrease of overall bonuses in the financial sector. If bonuses go down, fixed salaries will just go up, predicts professor of financial economics in Tilburg, Sylvester Eijffinger.
A new proposal to install power outlets in second class train cars gained the support of a majority of MPs today.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans said he is delighted with an agreement signed between Iran and United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China.
Babycare chain store Prènatal, and clothing chain Coolcat, say they have not refused to sign an accord amongst retailers to commit to better working conditions and safety for textile factory workers in Bangladesh. Along with discount shop Wibra, the two stores were targeted by Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen.
Four Dutch consulates will be saved, but one will be shuttered, in a new plan backed by MPs. During a debate in the Tweede Kamer with Foreign Affairs Minister Frans Timmermans on cost-cutting measures, MPs opted to spare the consulates in Antwerp, Chicago, Milan and Munich at the expense of the office in Osaka, according to newswire ANP.
The government expects 58 world leaders, 5,000 officials and 3,000 journalists coming spring in The Hague. They will all partake in the Third Nuclear Security Summit (NSS): an international summit on combating nuclear terrorism.
The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) secret documents leaked by Edward Snowden, an American computer specialist and former NSA contractor, reveal that the United States spied on the Netherlands from 1946 to 1968, Xinhua reports, citing the NRC newspaper.
As the world marked the fiftieth anniversary of U.S. President John F. Kennedy's assassination, some in the Netherlands recalled the President's two meetings with Prince Bernhard.
State Secretary Fred Teeven from Security and Justice intends to have 4,000 illegal aliens deported next year also, which can be concluded from a letter to Parliament. He wants to come to a 'quantitative agreement' with the police for 4,000 transfer files for Repatriation and Departure Service (DT & V).
A Labour committee, headed by former party leader Melkert, believes the EU and the Dutch government should strive for an unemployment rate of no more than 5 percent
The criticism of the idea to ask people on welfare for a contribution is growing. Besides the FNV union, now also the Association of Dutch Municipalities (VNG), Divosa, and Alderman Van Es, oppose the plan of State Secretary Klijnsma
The independent human rights experts who looked into Zwarte Piet on Tuesday called on the Dutch Government to take the lead in the ongoing debate about whether it’s time the tradition undergo a change.
Three more Greenpeace activists were released by the Russian court in St. Petersburg on bail, The Associated Press reports.
The MPs Segers and Van Raak stated this Thursday night on the Radio 1 program 'Met het Oog op Morgen'
State Secretary Fred Teeven (Justice) sees little scope for cuts in the judicial system to be found elsewhere, so the legal aid can be spared
The PVV and the French Front National are going to work together in Europe. At a press conference in The Hague the leaders of both parties called it a historic collaboration
CDA and PvdA are pleased with the results of the mid-term municipal elections. The Labour Party did well in Friesland and became the largest party in Heerenveen and Leeuwarden . The Christian Democrats won the election in Alphen