Politics

Feb 5 '14 08:37

The GroenLinks party called for a new initiative Tuesday, the outcome of which may bring charging stations for phones, tablets and laptops to train stations.

Feb 4 '14 20:53

Tuesday morning Amsterdam alderman Eric Wiebes of the VVD met with Prime Minister Rutte, and was officially appointed the new State Secretary of Finances by King Willem-Alexander. At 14:00 the State Secretary was sworn in by the King at the Noordeinde Palace.

Feb 4 '14 14:44

In 2013 only three political parties registered an increase in their numbers, all other parties saw their numbers drop, with GroenLinks suffering the biggest loss, according to numbers of the Documentation Center for Dutch Political Parties (DNPP).

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Feb 4 '14 13:31

The Dutch Directorate for the Inspection of Living environment and Transport will conduct an investigation into the collision between the Dutch vessel of Sea Shepherd and a Japanese whale hunter.

Feb 3 '14 20:05

The VVD has decided to withdraw the local VVD in Heemskerk, Noord-Holland, from the upcoming City Council elections after some of its members received serious threats, according to regional VVD chairman, Henry, Meijdam.

Feb 3 '14 19:20

Prime Minister Mark Rutte is scheduled to meet with the Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi on Friday, announced the Government Information Service (RVD).

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Feb 3 '14 12:17

The Netherlands has pledged €1 million for assistance to people who have fled the disturbances in the South Sudan, Minister Lilianne Ploumen (Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation has announced.

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Feb 3 '14 10:54

Minister of Justice Ivo Opstelten has to investigate what percentage of marijuana cultivation in the Netherlands is being used for export.

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Feb 3 '14 10:01

Despite improvements in the economy, the job market in the Netherlands will continue to shrink in 2014, according to benefits agency UWV.

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Feb 3 '14 09:41

Amsterdam alderman Eric Wiebes is set to replace state secretary of Finance Frans Weekers, who made the decision to resign last week.

Feb 3 '14 07:50

Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans has asked his colleague from the United Arab Emirates for clarity on the three Dutch plane spotters who have been arrested there, a spokesperson for the ministry said yesterday.

Feb 3 '14 05:00

Workers in 100 nursery- and care-homes are planning a strike on tuesday, according to trade union Abvakabo FNV.

Jan 31 '14 20:58

35 mayors signed a "weed manifest Joint Regulation" earlier Friday, in Utrecht, reported press agency Novum. The mayors plead for regulated growing of weed.

Jan 31 '14 16:10

With the City Council elections ahead, on March 19, all political parties are making preparations to either win, or at least control the damage. Many of the parties fear a punishment.

Jan 31 '14 14:20

Russian Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev issued a decree allowing the Russian authorities to monitor and store communication data of foreign athletes, journalists and official delegations during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, according to De Correspondent website.

Jan 31 '14 04:34

NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen met with Prime-Minister Mark Rutte and King Willem-Alexander in The Hague, Thursday. Rasmussen urges the Netherlands to increase its defense budget again.

Jan 31 '14 04:33

A majority of Parliament supported proposed legislation of CDA and D66, Thursday, to drop the special status of government officials, safe for some exceptions. The legal status of government officials would be the same of regular employees.

Jan 30 '14 15:09

VVD MP Malik Azmani drew the ire from the opposition today when he suggested to more often detain asylum seekers who were denied, but refuse to leave.

Jan 30 '14 14:17

Minister of Infrastructure and Environment, Melanie Schultz van Haegen announced in Parliament today the lights of a number of freeways will stay off after 23:00. Her announcement was a response to a request of PVV and CDA to reevaluate the measure.

Jan 30 '14 10:33

How do you get ahead in politics? Why, you turn yourself into an internet meme of course!

Jan 30 '14 10:23

Yesterday's decision by State Secretary of Finance, Frans Weekers (PvdA) was well-received by other Members of Parliament, who understand the decision.

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Jan 30 '14 09:44

State Secretary of Finance, Frans Weekers (VVD), will offer his resignation to the King tomorrow, according to a debate yesterday in which he was asked to justify problems with disbursement of allowances at the Tax and Customs Administration.

Jan 30 '14 04:34

State Secretary of Finances, Frans Weekers, promised Parliament Wednesday evening to investigate the mass processing by the Tax department, and to keep the House informed weekly of how many people are still waiting for their benefits to be paid out.

Jan 29 '14 19:32

A majority of parliament wants to shorten the period over which partner alimony is due. It became clear on Wednesday the maximum of a 12-year-period is considered too long. However, the parties can not yet agree on an acceptable term.

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