During its time as president of the European Union, the Netherlands should be careful of the dangers of populism and must not be afraid to take unpopular, but necessary measures, D66 leader Alexander Pechtold said
PVV leader Geert Wilders responded to his political colleagues' call for him to denounce xenophobic violence in the asylum debate exactly as D66 leader Alexander Pechtold expected him to. He has no intention of doing so.
There seems to be little support for the Dutch cabinet's plan for 5 billion euros in tax breaks for citizens and businesses. Opposition party D66 already announced that the party will be voting against the plan,
ChristenUnie leader Arie Slob has announced his resignation from national politics. Prime Minister Mark Rutte calls his decision "unfortunate, and wishes him all the best for the future.
The majority of the Dutch voters are happy with the public letter in which the party leaders called on the population to keep a cool head during the asylum debate. An even larger majority thinks that the party leaders themselves are responsible for the escalation, with PVV leader Geert Wilders being named most often.
VVD leader Halbe Zijlstra is not the only party leader to receive threats in connection with the asylum debate. CDA leader Sybrand Buma, D66 leader Alexander and GroenLinks leader Jesse Klaver also recently received threats.
Almost all party leaders in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, released a joint statement against the violent escalation seen during refugee discussions in the Netherlands over the past weeks. They call on their voters to show more mutual understanding and tolerance and not to confuse threats and insults with debate.
The parliamentary debate on asylum seekers in the Netherlands once again fell into chaos Wednesday afternoon. Party leaders flung insults back and forth, with PVV leader Geert Wilders simultaneously on the attack and receiving end of most remarks. It devolved to the point where Tweede Kamer president Anouchka van Miltenburg had to tell her colleagues not to curse each other out.
At the end of the general debate in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, on Thursday, PVV leader Geert Wilders claimed that the Kamer no longer represents "the people" and called it a "fraudulent parliament". This statement received scorn from D66 leader Alexander Pechtold, who said that Wilders suffers from "megalomania".
PVV leader Geert Wilders eventually did manage to have his say about refugees in the Netherlands during the general budget debate in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, on Wednesday. According to him, the Netherlands is turning into one big asylum center.
Today the leaders of factions in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, is debating the 2016 budget which was presented at Prinsjesdag on Tuesday. As can be expected, the opposition parties have a lot to say about the budget, many focusing on the asylum plan.
The D66 has come up with a shadow tax plan to the one that the cabinet will be presenting at the Prinsjesdag ceremony later today. According to party leader Alexander Pechtold, their way of investing the 5 billion euros in tax cuts the cabinet has planned is "smarter and cleaner" and will create twice as many jobs as the cabinet plan.
PVV leader Geert Wilders' anti-refugee, anti-Islam comments have caused many ruffled feathers in the refugee debate in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, on Thursday.
D66 leader Alexander Pechtold completely agrees with European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker's sentiment that there is not enough cooperation in the European Union. According to him Europe moves "too slow, too little, with too small steps" in solving issues like the refugee crisis and the Greek debt crisis.
CDA leader Sybrand Buma's idea of sending troops into Syria and creating safe havens for refugees is getting some support from ruling party VVD, though other parties are less than enthusiastic.
The Tweede Kamer, lower house of Dutch parliament, is debating and voting on whether or not the Netherlands will give further financial aid to Greece this afternoon. So far the Coalition, VVD and PvdA, and the D66 have announced its support for further aid. The PVV and CDA will not back the proposal.
The negotiations on the cabinet's tax plan have fallen apart due to too large differences between the political parties' views.
The tax reform deal may be in trouble. D66 leader Alexander Pechtold doesn't know whether his party has faith in the negotiations with the cabinet on the tax reform. The ChristenUnie, GroenLinks and SGP are still willing to negotiate, but without the D66, the coalition will not get a majority in the Senate.
After a week of speculation, the Dutch cabinet has reached an agreement to a package of reforms for the country’s tax system. The governing coalition, consisting of the right wing VVD and left wing PvdA (Labour) parties, has negotiated the deal almost entirely in secret, and will hear from a handful of opposition parties behind closed doors only, Labour leader Diederik Samsom said on Monday.
PvdA State Secretary Martin van Rijn managed to survive another parliamentary debate on the issues surrounding the healthcare personal budgets and he is now motivated to get the problems sorted out. Van Rijn promised to give personal budget payouts the priority as long s the system is not functioning properly, adding that the problems will likely continue until next year.
With the selection of a new Senate on Tuesday, the Cabinet will very likely need the support of opposition parties to get new plans through the Senate more than ever. The CDA and D66 may be willing to give this support, but only if Prime Minister Mark Rutte meets their conditions.
D66 parliamentarian Gerard Schouw is leaving politics after 25 years of being active for the D66. From August 1st this year he will be the CEO of Nefarma, the Dutch Association for Innovative Medicines, the party announced on their website.
Former Minister of Security and Justice Ivo Opstelten was well aware that the deal made with drug dealer Cees Helman in 2001 involved 4.7 million guilders, Fred Teeven, the former State Secretary of Security and Justice, said in an interview with Het Parool on Tuesday.
The coalition has, after 9 days of crisis meetings, finally reached a compromise on what to do with failed asylum seekers that both parties can live with. But this "good compromise" is getting much criticism from the opposition, with some parties going so far to say that it does not solve anything.