Politics

Apr 21 '14 08:48

Governing parties VVD and PvdA each gained a seat in this week's poll by Maurice de Hond.

Apr 18 '14 15:12

Shoppers looking for bread in the North and East of the country came upon empty shelves Friday morning as a small group of drivers are on strike.

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Apr 17 '14 17:10

The new president of Dutch Railways (NS), Timo Huges, has said that he wants there to be more trains, that they should have a better reputation and make more profit. Trains should also be less congested, a spokesperson for the NS announces after a report about this in the Telegraaf.

Apr 17 '14 16:30

Pedophile association Martijn has been threatened with closure by the Supreme Court, according to the Volkskrant. The banning of the group will be decided on Friday, a decision that is being contested by supporters of the group, including 48 writers, scientists, journalists, actors and musicians.

Rob van Gijzel
Apr 16 '14 09:47

Politicos in Eindhoven are going to form a think-tank that will discuss incidents in the city that seem to point to an increasing intolerance.

Ronald Plasterk
Apr 16 '14 08:20

The Senate voted on the bill to amend referenda, put forward by PvdA, D66 and GroenLinks. The so-called advisory referendum (non-binding) will be instated temporarily until there is a corrective referendum (binding). The advisory referendum is getting a participation quorum of 30 percent of those eligible to vote.

Joram van Klaveren
Apr 15 '14 14:02

Joram van Klaveren, an ex-MP for the PVV who left at the end of March, did so due to the social pressure that arose after party-leader Geert Wilders' anti-Moroccan speech became too much for him, the Volkskrant reports.

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Apr 15 '14 13:17

The first unit of Dutch soldiers that will serve as part of the UN stabilization force in Mali (Minusma) left Schiphol yesterday.

Apr 15 '14 10:30

The cabinet, the coalition and the three opposition fractions agreed Monday on "the contours" of an extra contribution for care.

Apr 14 '14 08:15

A poll from Maurice de Hond shows that the D66 would be the biggest party if the Parliamentary elections were held now. The party now effectively has 12 seats in Parliament.

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Apr 11 '14 08:32

VVD-leader Halbe Zijlstra is saying that the current tax system needs to be overhauled in favor of simplicity. The party told the cabinet that all allowances must be abolished and transformed into lower taxes. The Tax Administration must focus on the core task: collecting money.

Apr 9 '14 13:16

Minister Ivo Opstelten claims not to know the exact amount that was transfered to drug baron Cees H. in a deal with the Public Prosecution Authority.

Apr 9 '14 10:03

In Almere, the biggest party, the PVV, is not going to be part of the newly formed municipal council. Losing party PvdA, however, will. The PVV did not manage to connect with other parties due to the recent unrest from within the PVV.

Ruud Koole
Apr 9 '14 08:10

MPs want to amend current referendum formats, launching the idea of a so-called advisory referendum, which is not binding. This referendum can be introduced until a corrective referendum, which is binding, has been voted on. This advisory referendum can also get a participation quorum.

Johan Remkes
Apr 8 '14 10:42

A state member from the Provincial States has not shown up for six months, but is still receiving a salary. Now, the King's Commisssioner in North Holland, Johan Remkes, says she should leave.

Apr 7 '14 15:13

Frans van Zeeland, alderman from Laarbeek, has been accused in two separate reports of rigging votes for the recent municipal council elections.

Apr 7 '14 14:08

In The Hague, the prospective council formation is still blurry, according to Han Polman, who has been talking with the various parties. There is no preferred coalition, and the building of the culture palace Spuiforum is a black cloud hanging above the formation of a new coalition.

Apr 7 '14 07:54

On Monday, governing parties the VVD and PvdA will be joined at the table with minister of Finance Jeroen Dijsselbloem by friendly opposition parties D66, ChristenUnie and the SGP, where they will discuss next year's budget.

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Apr 4 '14 07:15

Vice Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher (PvdA) has said that the Geert Wilders-led PVV party is in a state of panic.

Apr 3 '14 14:16

The Public Prosecution Authority (OM) has received around 5000 reports against politician Geert Wilders so far. Via the police website, 15,000 reports of discrimination came in as well, the OM announced Thursday.

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Apr 3 '14 10:28

After a big victory in the municipal council elections, the D66 is being left at the sidelines during negotiations for council-formation, Het Parool reports. This is now happening in Haarlem and Breda.

Apr 2 '14 19:43

Former PVV parliamentarian Roland van Vliet says that the current eleven PVV MPs have remained loyal to party leader Geert Wilders strictly for financial reasons. Van Vliet told Elsevier magazine that the loyalty is bought by the comfortable salaries members of parliament receive.

Apr 2 '14 18:50

A new proposal from SGP party leader Kees van der Staaij could see the Netherlands placing a toll on cars driven into the Netherlands from other countries. The proposal is similar to one approved by the government last year that was expected to raise €260 million.

Geert Wilders
Apr 1 '14 20:40

PVV party leader Geert Wilders continued today to attempt to link all Moroccans with criminal activity, saying, “A locked-up illegal mugs no jeweler.” The statement was in response both to the coalition government’s agreement not to criminalize people who illegally enter the Netherlands, and the recent shootings of two burglars by a jewelry store owner.

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