Politics

Oct 15 '13 07:15

Both unions FNV and CNV accept the changes in the Social Agreement, which follow from the budget agreement of last Friday evening. 

FNV chairman Ton Heerts says that he is not happy with the way how the agreement was ‘violated’. “What good does it make to have an agreement, which after a couple of months is on the table again. Are we going to see changes again around Christmas?”

Oct 14 '13 05:39

After ten days of negotiations, the government and D66, SGP and ChristenUnie have reached an agreement on the budget for 2014.  What did they agree upon and how does the Netherlands responds to the agreement?

Oct 14 '13 05:10

Sigrid Kaag, a Dutch woman who at this moment works as assistant secretary general for the development program of the UN, is appointed to lead the disarmament mission of the UN in Syria.

The chemical weapons of Syria have to be destroyed. This was agreed by the US, Russia and Syria around half September.

 

The UN will cooperate in this mission with the OPWC, an organisation which is active with the forbidding of chemical weapons. OPWC is situated in The Hague.

 

Fred Teeven
Oct 11 '13 06:03

RTL Nieuws sources stated that the State Secretary of Justice and Security will soon announce that he will not allow Volkert G. to go on leave.

Teeven thinks that Volkert G. must be prepared on his release within the walls of the prison. Next year, May 2014, the murderer of Pim Fortuyn will be released after finishing two third of his sentence.

The decision of Teeven is based on social upheaval and the safety for Volkert G. and his family.

Volkert G. has the possibility to go in appeal and force in that way his leave.

Oct 11 '13 05:53

Minister of Finance Jeroen Dijsselbloem and chairman of the Euro Group, decided to not attend the annual meeting of the IMF on Thursday and Friday. Are there any negative consequences to be expected by this decision?

Because of the negotiations about the National Dutch Budget with the opposition, Jeroen Dijsselbloem decided not to attend the meeting in Washington. He commented that the problems in the Netherlands are very urgent and that those prevail for this moment above attending the meeting.

Oct 10 '13 06:38

Minister Frans Timmermans of Foreign Affairs has made an apology of the Dutch government to Russia for the arrest of Russian diplomat Dmitri Borodin. Borodin says that he is satisfied with the apology. 

Borodin told the press that the Netherlands did, by making excuses, the right thing. “This was a violation of the Treaty of Vienna, so the Netherlands did the right thing with respect to international relationships.” He added, “I hope that the Dutch press will stop with disgracing my family.”

Oct 10 '13 06:32

By total surprise GroenLinks has announced on Wednesday to stop with the negotiations to find a solution for the National Dutch Budget.

Bram van Ojik told in TV show Pauw and Witteman, that he didn’t see any progress and therefore decided to step out.

Oct 10 '13 06:28

Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem of Finance has canceled his trip to the annual meeting of the IMF in Washington. Dijsselbloem was supposed to attend the meeting on Thursday and Friday but canceled the trip because of the negotiations with the opposition about the Dutch National Budget.

Dijsselbloem says that he has responsibilities to the international institution, but as of this moment he wants to solve the internal Dutch problems because that is now more important to him.

Oct 10 '13 06:23

Prime Minister Mark Rutte and PvdA leader Diederik Samsom are very optimistic that  a solution, to get a majority in the Senate, will be found in a few days.

The negotiations, this time without GroenLinks, continued on Wednesday. In the afternoon it were the financial specialists of the negotiation partners who met with the minister of Finance. In the evening the group leaders, the Prime Minister and the Vice Prime Minister joined the negotiations.

Oct 9 '13 09:05

Long negotiations on Tuesday did not lead to a bad scenario so far. D66 leader Alexander Pechtold was even optimistic after the last meeting which took place until midnight.

On Tuesday afternoon the financial experts of the four opposition parties and the coalition met with minister of Finance Jeroen Dijsselbloem. Later in the afternoon Lodewijk Asscher joined the meeting together with the experts of the House on social affairs. At 10 pm the Prime Minister and the leaders of the parties also joined the discussions.

Oct 9 '13 09:00

State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Agriculture will visit Russia on Wednesday and Thursday. She hopes that she can end the boycott of Dutch potatoes. 

The visit was already planned for some time. Although the relation of the Netherlands and Russia is under stress at this moment, the State Secretary thinks that it is important that the  talks about agriculture will continue. Dijksma will not touch the issues which give at this moment rise to the stressed relationship of the two countries.

Oct 9 '13 08:54

The conflict with Russia, about the Russian diplomat who’s political immunity was violated, is world news. All around the world, media pay much attention to the incident.

Although the incident already happened on Sunday, the news came out on Monday when Russian media published the ‘attack’ of the Russian diplomat by the Dutch police. The Russian minister of Foreign Affairs and Russian president Vladimir Poetin gave serious comments on the incident and this fueled the attention to the case even more.

Oct 8 '13 02:39

On Monday the negotiation between opposition and government started again after the weekend. At 10 pm crucial discussions started between Rutte, Dijselbloem and the group leaders of the House of D66, GroenLinks, SGP, ChristenUnie, PvdA and VVD.

On Monday afternoon Vice Prime Minister Asscher and minister of Finance Dijsselbloem first talked with all the financial specialists of the involved parties. The meeting started at 1.30 pm till 6 pm.

Oct 8 '13 02:13

Three former employees of the Gaykrant revealed in Nieuwsuur that former chief Henk Krol did not speak the truth about the pension contributions at the Gaykrant.

Oct 7 '13 07:08

The Krol affair costs 50Plus 5 virtual seats according to the poll of Maurice de Hond. Krol left the House on Friday after the Volkskrant reported that in his previous function, as chief editor of the Gaykrant, he was responsible for evading pension payments for his personnel.

Although the number of virtual seats is still three more than 50Plus has in the House, it are 13 seats less then the highest score in a poll about half a year ago. The loss opposite last week’s poll is five virtual seats.

Norbert Klein

Oct 7 '13 04:16

The cooperation between the armies of Indonesia and the Netherlands will be reinforced. This week minister of Defense Jeanine Hennis, will visit Indonesia to sign an agreement on further cooperation. 

Hennis visits Indonesia on invitation of her Indonesian colleague Purnomo Yusigiantoto. They will sign a agreement to intensify the dialogue between the Dutch and Indonesian forces and to tighten the relationship. Among others, cooperation on training and education will be common points of interest.

Oct 5 '13 00:34

50Plus party leader Henk Krol, resigns from his position as representative of the people, after it has come to light that he evaded paying pension premiums for his staff for years.

Oct 4 '13 07:31

It is almost sure that Jozias van Aartsen is going to be one more term the mayor of The Hague. During a voting of the city council he was anonymously chosen as the successor of himself. He was also the only candidate.

Oct 4 '13 07:27

The new proposal, which Jeroen Dijsselbloem sent to the opposition discussion partners, was not good enough for the CDA and they will not continue with the negotiations for an acceptable budget which can count on a majority in the Senate.

Oct 3 '13 05:23

On Wednesday evening D66 was invited for a discussion with the Prime Minister, the Vice Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance. No details were mentioned by any of the negotiators.

After the one-on-one discussion between Minister of Finance Jeroen Dijsselbloem and the party leaders of the constructive opposition parties plus 50Plus, the minister sent a new proposal to each of them.

After the discussions the opposition parties were still negative, in the way that they thought that too little was proposed by the government.

Oct 2 '13 05:45

Following the budget discussions in the House of last week, Minister Dijsselbloem is talking this week with opposition parties to exchange some of the government plans with alternatives proposed by them.

Oct 2 '13 05:25

PvdA leader Diederik Samsom was quick with a response on a tweet of PVV leader Wilders. 

On Tuesday afternoon, Wilders tweeted: ‘I will never get used to it. A Moroccan (Arib), this afternoon as House chairman with in front of her the Koran in the Dutch House.”

Samsom immediately responded: ‘Arib as chairman proves that the hatred of PVV will never overcome the power of this beautiful country, in which origin is irrelevant.’

Sep 30 '13 08:05

If there would be elections now, the CDA would get 17 seats in the House. These are the results of the weekly poll by Maurice de Hond.

This is the influence of the budget discussions of last week in the House. The CDA  won one seat, the VVD lost one seat. Virtually CDA would have now only one seat less then the VVD.

In the House the situation is very different. VVD has 41 seats and CDA 13 only.

Sep 30 '13 07:59

A coalition of six major nature and environmental organizations wants to transfer 110 million euro, meant as income support for farmers, to a fund for the development of rural areas. Farmers organizations are very against this proposal.

At a conference in Utrecht held on Monday afternoon, Natuurmonumenten, Vogelbescherming Nederland, Landschapsbeheer Nederland, De 12Landschappen, Stichting Natuur en Milieu en Milieudefensie will propose their plan.  If they succeed this means 1800 euro less in the wallet of the average farmer.

Income support

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