Politics

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

Sep 27 '13 04:12

Prime Minister Rutte debated more than six hours today with the opposition about the plans for 2014. No final commitments were done, so what was achieved?

Sep 27 '13 02:08

Starting today Scherpenzeel is run by the youngest mayor of The Netherlands. The 31-year-old Ben Visser was installed in an extraordinary council meeting in the Veluwe town.

Sep 26 '13 04:24

The ministry of Defense is intended to sell 15 F16 jet fighters and 52 Maverick rockets to Jordan. Both parties have agreed upon this, wrote minister Jeanine Hennis to the House.

The signing of the contract will probably done next month. Included in the sales will also be training of the maintenance and use of the jet fighters. The actual delivery will take place around the end of 2015.

The sale was judged on several criteria of the EU and passed the test. An important criterion is if it will have any consequences for the human rights in the receiving country.

Sep 26 '13 04:10

Wednesday was the first of two days Budget Discussion in the House.

Sep 25 '13 11:43

On Wednesday and Thursday the House will discuss the Dutch National Budget which was presented on Tuesday last week by the government. The opposition had a week to study and come up with alternatives.

Sep 24 '13 04:11

CDA leader Sybrand Buma has presented an alternative budget. The CDA thinks to recover the economy and employment by reducing the costs for employers and employees with 2.9 billion euro.

This week the House will discuss the Dutch national Budget which was presented by the government on Prinsjesdag.

Sep 23 '13 02:56

The CDU'er Kees de Vries is the first Dutchman in the Bundestag. He campaigned with the slogan 'Kees de Vries speaks our language'.

Sep 20 '13 05:08

The bold decision of Minister Jeanine Hennis and the government to try to finalize the year-long discussions about the JSF, that is, choosing to purchase 37 JSFs, has caused turmoil in the Dutch society. 

Sep 19 '13 04:00

The main news from the Budget was yesterday repeated endlessly by the different media. Many notable plans and facts from the budget of the government however did not reach the media. Big chance that you did not know the following ten facts.

1. Windfall by telecom auction?

This year the auction of 4G frequencies brought a windfall for the Treasury of up to 3.8 billion euro. Next year the so-called 2GHz frequencies, which expire in 2016, will be  auctioned again. The previous auction in 1998 yielded 1.84 billion. Looks promising!

2. Largest costs

Sep 19 '13 02:33

The government wants to re-do the location research for test drilling for shale gas.

Sep 18 '13 09:12

In the middle of the commotion about the budget for the coming year towards Budget Day, minister Jeanine Hennis of Defense released the plans for the future of Defense. One of the decisions of the government is to buy 37 JSFs.

Sep 18 '13 08:49

Coalition partners VVD and PvdA see a recovery of the Dutch economy. This was clear from a debate between the group leaders of the six largest parties in the House. 

Both Zijlstra (VVD) and Samsom (PvdA) told their opponents that they were seeing signs of recovery, like the sectors housing and export.

The opposition had another view. Wilders (PVV) and Roemer (SP) think that this government ruins the economy with all the cuts. Wilders even said that Zijlstra and Samsom were possibly from another planet.

Sep 18 '13 03:52

Almost no one knows, but for years holes in the budget were plugged with a can of coke or a glass of orange. The government even taxes mineral water. Not everyone is happy about it, not even in The Hague.

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Sep 18 '13 03:40

It’s obviously one of the most popular but also controversial tourist spots of Amsterdam. The red light district, in Dutch also called De Wallen, is situated in one of the oldest parts of Amsterdam and has around 2000 prostitutes. In 2007 the municipality of Amsterdam launched ‘Project 1012’ to fight against the high level of crime and human trafficking in the postal code area ‘1012’, where De Wallen is also located. After five years, has this initiative paid off?

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