During the first day of the Budget Debate in Dutch parliament, party leaders focused more on each other than on the Budget and the government's plans for next year. The looming elections played a large roll in the debate
Opposition parties in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, are outraged that parts of the 2017 Budget documents leaked to the media. ChristenUnie leader Gert-Jan Segers called the leak "shameful"
Opposition parties D66, SP, ChristenUnie and GroenLinks are calling on the government to take in 750 unaccompanied refugee children as soon as possible
Only days after Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Foreign Minister Bert Koenders' frantic diplomatic efforts to limit Turkish interference in Dutch society, the Turkish state news agency published a new so-called "Gulen list" on Tuesday. The list contains names of organizations in the Netherlands allegedly affiliated with Fethullah Gulen, which are to be boycotted because they are considered enemies of the Turkish State. Politicians in the Netherlands are furious.
The PvdA and ChristenUnie are teaming up in creating a legislative proposal for stricter rules for the about 600 collection agencies in the Netherlands. Keklik Yucel of the PvdA and Carola Schouten of the ChristenUnie want to tackle the "cowboys who try to earn a lot of money with pressure and intimidation"
Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice is on the defensive again, this time about his Ministry's budget. Opposition parties wants more money to go to the judiciary this year and in parliament the Minister received harsh criticism on his policy, but he is adamant that no extra money is needed.
The D66's plan to have every Dutch citizen automatically registered as an organ donor, unless he specifically indicates that he does not want this, is dead. The CDA decided to go against the plan, thereby making a parliamentary majority.
A majority in Dutch parliament wants more money to be made available to give asylum children language lessons for two years, instead of the current one year
The lower house of Dutch parliament mostly approves of the agreements the Euro-countries reached on debt relief for Greece, NU.nl reports after talking to the parliamentary parties.
The Netherlands plans to give people who are deeply in debt a six month break in which they don't have to make payments, won't get reminders for payments and won't get a visit from a bailiff, State Secretary Jetta Klijnsma of Social Affairs and Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice announced on Tuesday
Dutch parliamentarians are positive about the D66's legislative proposal to automatically give unmarried fathers who acknowledge their child, parental rights for that child.
PVV leader Geert Wilders plans to attend the Republican convention in the United States this summer to show his support for presidential candidate Donald Trump
The number of babies born with a low birth rate decreased since the smoking ban was introduced in Dutch cafes in 2008. There is also a decrease in the number of babies born extremely preterm, according to a study led by Jasper Been of Erasmus MC
A majority of the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, wants to make it illegal to have sex with prostitutes that were forced into the profession. Though the parties are still quibbling on how exactly to word such a legislative proposal
The joint Woerden faction of Christian parties ChristenUnie and SGP are protesting against former porn star Bobbi Eden opening the town's annual festival. Chairman Simon Brouwer thinks it inappropriate to use a subsidy to bring the porn actress to the town.
A majority in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, wants to hold a parliamentary inquiry to gain more information on what is going on in the Panama Papers. The parliamentarians want to know more about tax structures that run through the Netherlands.
Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs will seriously investigate a report by Amnesty International which states that Turkey deports hundreds of asylum seekers back to Syria on a daily basis
The opposition parties in parliament are not happy with Minister Ard van der Steur's explanation that Turkey did not follow the right procedures in informing the Netherlands that Brussels bomber Ibrahim el Bakraoui was being deported to the country. According to the opposition, the Minister is only trying to keep his side clean.
A group of dozens of famous Dutch people expressed their concerns about the introduction of the NIP-test in the Netherlands in an open letter in the Volkskrant on Monday. The NIPT is a non-invasive test that can determine whether an unborn child will have Down's syndrome, among other syndromes.
Christian parties feel bullied in the lower house of Dutch parliament. Both the CDA and ChristenUnie decided they've had enough of the liberal crusade against Christian traditions. This crusade, according to them, is led by the D66.
The asylum agreement between Turkey and the European Union must halve the number of asylum seekers coming to the Netherlands. If that does not happen, other alternatives will be looked at, State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff said to the lower house of Dutch parliament on Wednesday
The Dutch clothing sector is taking up the fight against child labor, poor working conditions and low wages in developing countries such as Bangladesh. On Wednesday the government is closing a textile covenant with three trade associations, two trade unions and five social organizations to address these issues and make sure Dutch consumers can rest assured that their clothing was made responsibly
Opposition parties in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, wants to stop mining shale gas for as long as the agreements in the energy agreement are in force
Opposition parties SP, CDA, D66, ChristenUnie and GroenLinks are calling on Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Affairs and Employment Lodewijk Asscher to do more to tackle discrimination in employment. According to the parties, nothing has come from Asscher's promises to crack down on discriminatory companies and Maartens are still rather employed than Mohammeds.