Politics

Sep 2 '13 03:49

Labour leader Diederik Samsom is facing tough times. Recently two Labour MPs  resigned in a time that the party has to make difficult choices. The newest poll shows that the Dutch citizens have not much trust in the Labour party.

Sep 1 '13 02:02

The UN inspectors who have done research into chemical weapons in Syria have landed at Rotterdam The Hague Airport. They flew in from the Lebanese capital Beirut, in an aircraft made available by the German Government.

Sep 1 '13 01:27

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a stricter travel advice for Lebanon. Non-essential travel to the Arab country is discouraged, especially because of the developments in neighboring Syria.

Aug 30 '13 07:55

Secretary of Health Martin van Rijn calls it "nonsense" that residents of care facilities will soon no longer be entitled to clean diapers.  He wants to withdraw a bill where this is described, but that content will be included in another bill, said van Rijn on Thursday.

Aug 30 '13 07:49

The National Education Agreement is practically agreed upon, according to the chairman of CNV Education, Helen van den Berg on National Education Agreement, Thursday, after a consultation with Education Foundation chairman Jan van Zijl and the government. A few points are still under discussion, but the education parties expect to succeed together with the government on  Monday.

Aug 30 '13 07:18

Although it briefly looked like it would be taking some time before a replacement would be found for Myrthe Hilkens, is the chair in the House already occupied. Marith Rebel-Volp will take place in the House for the Labour Party.

Rebel-Volp is GP, policy advisor to the National Association of General Practitioners and chairman of the Association of Dutch Female Doctors (VNVA).

Aug 30 '13 07:09

The province of Noord Holland is against the plans for the merger of Utrecht, Noord Holland and Flevoland into a super province. This wrote the Provincial Executives of Noord Holland on Thursday in response to the plans of the government.

Aug 29 '13 04:21

The government has almost an agreement with the pension funds on investments in the Dutch economy. Most probably this agreement will lead  to the formation of a national mortgage bank, where pension funds can take over mortgages of Dutch banks.

Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Minister of Finance, confirmed that talks are now being finalized "at breakneck speed" Tuesday the parties were together for the last meeting at the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Aug 29 '13 04:16

PvdA Myrthe Hilkens resigns as Member of Parliament. She is in a short time the second PvdA MP that leaves the House. 

Hilkens says in a statement, which was  sent to the ANP: "I resign as of today as member of the House. The way I want to give meaning to my ideals is, unfortunately, not consistent with the way in which I can do politics. That's why I choose to devote my time for socially relevant issues, outside the House. I do not know exactly what I am going to do, but I decline for the non-activity allowance."

Aug 29 '13 03:28

An additional investment in the rail link between Schiphol and Lelystad will enable to let ride, every 10 minutes, an Intercity or Sprinter on the track from 2023.

State Secretary Wilma Mansveld (Railways)) agreed this on Wednesday with the regional authorities. For two extra tracks near Weesp, 126 million euro has been budgetized.

Aug 28 '13 04:09

Government, unions, employers and environmental organizations agree on the final version of the energy agreement. In July, the parties already broadly agreed. The signatures will be placed expectedly next week, after the first constituencies of the organizations concerned have been consulted. The Social and Economic Council (SER) came on Tuesday with an official statement. The negotiations on the energy agreement took place under the direction of SER chairman Wiebe Draijer.

Aug 28 '13 03:19

The government does not favor the idea to let a judge decide about the validity of a living will. This is evident from Minister Edith Schipper’s answers to questions by the Labour Party.

The reason for the questions was a plea of former judge Jan Peeters to let judges decide on the validity of the euthanasia of a demented patient. Minister Schippers believes that this is not meaningful and not desirable.

Aug 28 '13 03:15

House D66 groupouse H leader Alexander Pechtold wants to break open the social agreement. He said this on television at  Knevel and van den Brink.

According to Pechtold, reforms in the labor market, such as the easier dismissal laws and reduction of duration unemployment benefits, are too much delayed by the social agreement. The social agreement does not create jobs, but destroys jobs, said Pechtold.

Aug 27 '13 04:21

The United States must "fully open up" about the evidence that they say, they have of the fact that Syrian President Assad is behind the poison gas attacks of last week. The Netherlands didn’t receive that information yet, said Minister of Foreign Affairs, Frans Timmermans, on Monday at Knevel & Van den Brink.

Aug 27 '13 04:12

Dutch who get into trouble in countries where there is no Dutch diplomatic representation, may in the future also seek help at Swiss diplomatic representations.. Conversely, Swiss in similar circumstances may contact Dutch diplomats.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Frans Timmermans, and his Swiss counterpart Didier Burkhalter made agreements on Monday in The Hague.

Aug 27 '13 04:09

Lilian Janse has won the elections for lijsttrekker candidates at the SGP in the municipality of Vlissingen in Zeeland. She is the first woman elected within the SGP. This was reported after the election by Cees de Landmeter, president of the constituency of the SGP in Vlissingen.

Aug 27 '13 02:33

A 19-year old female who was detained last month for recruiting people for Syria left for the country herself.

Aug 26 '13 03:24

The mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan, Sunday called on the government to file a state complaint against Russia, for violation of human rights. He did so during the To Russia With Love concert, a demonstration for gay rights in Russia, at the Museum Square in the capital on Sunday evening. Van der Laan received a deafening applause.

Aug 24 '13 17:04

Former parliamentarian Desirée Bonis (PVDA) resigned in June, because her party would have too little input in the country's foreign policy.

Aug 23 '13 07:44

Dutch citizens assembled on Wednesday to protest the military takeover in Egypt and the consequent violence and deaths of anti-rebellion supporters.

Aug 22 '13 05:46

For the first time in the history of the SGP, a woman is running for a spot on the list in municipal elections. Lillian Janse wants, in the upcoming municipal elections in Vlissingen, to pull the cart as leader of the party. This is unique, because until March this year women could not run for the Christian party.

Aug 21 '13 05:22

Netherlands’ Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans has advised the Dutch parliament of his plans to persuade Brussels to end all assistance to Egypt as the violent aggression persists, Dutch media reported on Tuesday.

Aug 21 '13 04:51

The political party PvdA wants to know what City council has done with the news of the Bijenkorf department store closing their Groningen branch in 2016.

Aug 20 '13 16:43

Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Minister of Finance and Vice Prime Minister, is still willing to talk, with the opposition, about the cuts for next year. This he said on Monday at a Labour Party meeting in Amsterdam.

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