Politics

Jul 19 '13 07:53

Obama has chosen two candidates for the top Peace Corps post and ambassador to the Netherlands.

Jul 18 '13 07:19

Dutch Ambassador Karel van Kesteren announced that Bulgaria will join the Schengen Agreement sooner or later, but not at the moment.

Jul 16 '13 07:17

Deputy Chief of general staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Hou Shusen led his delegation to visit the Netherlands and Romania.

On July 13, Hou Shusen, deputy chief of general staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) and his six-member military delegation left Beijing, China for an official trip to the country and Romania. He was formally invited by the Dutch and Romanian military.

Hou Shusen’s group of associates included Deputy Commander of the Lanzhou Military Area Command (MAC) of the PLA Peng Bo.

Jul 16 '13 04:26

People need to think independently and then make a personal and conscientious consideration about vaccination. That said SGP leader Kees van der Staaij on Monday in the TV program Knevel and Van den Brink. About 60 percent of his followers are vaccinated, he estimated.

Van der Staaij is against forced vaccination. That gives unpleasant situations, he fears, and it works counterproductive. Moreover, 'it enters too deeply into the personal life’, says van der Staaij.

Jul 15 '13 04:55

Prime Minister Mark Rutte began on Sunday with a visit to the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom. The aim of the visit is to strengthen mutual economic relations within the Kingdom. He is accompanied by a Dutch trade delegation.

The strategic position of the Dutch islands in the Caribbean can be used much better. Dutch companies want to cooperate with the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom to do business in the wider region, especially countries like Brazil, Colombia and Panama.

Jul 15 '13 04:24

The government has to protect children from their parents when parents don’t want to let their children to be vaccinated to prevent diseases, like measles. That said VVD senator Heleen Dupuis on Saturday night in the TV program Nieuwsuur.

Jul 11 '13 09:16

On July 10, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima met Queen Elizabeth II in her private residences at Windsor Castle on their first official visit to Britain since his appointment as king.

Jul 11 '13 03:26

“Stop these kind of calls to citizens,” said VVD leader Halbe Zijlstra to Jeroen Dijsselbloem Minister of Finance and his ‘own’ VVD Prime Minister Mark Rutte today. In the Telegraaf he says he doesn’t agree with the request of the government and coalition partner PvdA, to let citizens use their money to stimulate the economy. Zijlstra starts with his criticism, a round of new negotiations between the coalition partners in order to fill in the extra 6 billion euro of cuts this autumn.

Jul 10 '13 08:41

On Monday, King Willem-Alexander paid an initial visit to the headquarters of the Jewish Community (NIHS) of Amsterdam since his inauguration in April, the Jewish Daily Forward reports.

Jul 10 '13 03:33

With a new bill the government wants to enforce a total smoking ban. Until now, there was an exception for sole proprietors, since they have no staff who can be affected by the smoke. The government now wants to include the single proprietors in the ban but the question remains whether they will succeed.

Jul 9 '13 08:05

The call by Prime Minister Mark Rutte that people must buy a house or a car, is mainly meant for older people. Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Minister of Finance said this in an interview with Vrij Nederland.

“The story of Rutte can hardly apply to young people, especially for young people who bought a house in recent years. Especially the older generations had a great possibility in the past 20, 30 years, to build up capital, for instance from their house. That capital we would like to be mobilized. Spend it, invest, give it to your children,” says Dijsselbloem.

Jul 9 '13 07:15

Flemish Prime Minister Kris Peeters and his Dutch partner Mark Rutte have initiated a trade mission in Houston.

Jul 8 '13 08:04

The Hauge will host the World Justice Forum from July 8 to July 11.

Jul 8 '13 04:10

The common interest for the Netherlands and Flanders to promote itself as an economic cluster is greater than the competition between, for example, the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam. That was the main message of Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his Flemish counterpart Kris Peeters at the start of their three-day trade mission in Houston, Texas.

Peeters mentioned during his speech about a ‘historic moment’. “It's the first time in the long history between Flanders and the Netherlands that there is a joint mission. That there are over ninety companies participating, is impressive.”

Jul 5 '13 07:24

Aruba is initiating pre-clearance deal with the Netherlands for customs and immigration authorities at Aruba’s airport to permit and approve travelers to the Dutch country.

Jul 5 '13 04:44

Old coal operated power plants are closed, and probably there will no new coal operated power plants being built. For groups of citizens who wish to jointly generate electricity by solar panels there there will be tax advantages. This are some of the elements of a draft version of the National Energy Agreement. This was reported by the NIS.

Trade unions, employers, environmental organizations and other interest groups, are talking, led by the SER, for months now about such an agreement.

Jul 5 '13 04:38

The House of Representatives started the summer break with a big list of debates that have not taken place. It is about 47 debates, of which five are waiting for more than a year.

House chairman Anouchka van Miltenburg reported this on Thursday, during her last speech before the start of the recess. The list consists of twenty so called thirty members debates and  27 debates that were requested by a majority of the House

Jul 4 '13 03:39

The government has this year allocated 20 million euro extra for poverty reduction. The bulk of this amount, 19 million euro, goes to the municipalities. They have the director's role in the fight against poverty and debts.

Jetta Klijnsma, State Secretary for Social Affairs, wrote that on Wednesday to the House. She appeals to the municipalities to give priority to use the money for children from poor families. Further, some of the extra money goes to Caribbean Netherlands.

Recent advise

Jul 4 '13 03:22

The government wants European unemployed youth with specific qualities to work in the Netherlands for working in the energy sector in North Groningen or as a technician in Southeast Brabant. Prime Minister Mark Rutte said this on Wednesday after a European summit on youth unemployment in Berlin.

Jul 3 '13 09:59

Ankie Broekers-Knol (VVD) is the successor to Fred de Graaf as chairman of the Senate. There was a third round of voting necessary, but it Broekers stayed ahead of Hans Franken (CDA). The other candidates for the position were Guusje ter Horst (PvdA) and Marijke Linthorst (PvdA).

Jul 3 '13 07:24

National Security Agency (NSA) Leaker Edward Snowden may have to find other options for his asylum after withdrawing his application for an asylum in Russia and Ecuador’s refusal to grant him his request unless appealed within the Ecuadorian territory.

Jul 2 '13 03:19

The discussions between a delegation of the government and opposition parties D66 and GroenLinks has failed. "The negotiations have stopped," said D66 leader Alexander Pechtold on Monday about their conversations to see how they could help to realize several coalition agreements.

These included the topics 'arrangements for parents with children' and 'higher education'. Pechtold: "There's too much difference between the wishes of D66 to invest in education and the opportunities that the government wants to create. This could have been an agreement."

Jul 2 '13 02:54

It is easier for defaulters to return to their health care insurance. Now a defaulter can only go back to the insurer if the debt is paid off or if a recognized authority is involved in the repayment of the debt. Under the new rules the return is a possible if the defaulter itself make arrangements with the insurer.

This is contained in a bill of Minister Edith Schippers (Health) that was sent on Monday to the House. Schippers wants the law to ensure that defaulters quickly return to their insurer and also pay the premium there.

Compensation

Jun 28 '13 07:41

Through a funding from the Netherlands, the IMF will grant poor and middle-earning countries technical support to assist them in collecting tax, setting up a practical economic policy and fighting financial crimes.

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