With more than 97 percent of the votes counted last night, it seems very likely that the Cabinet will need the help of another party in the Eerste Kamer (Senate). The projected results of the Provincial Elections 2015 stand as follows:
As election day rolled on into Wednesday night, political leaders in the Netherlands came out of the woodwork to address their parties and give their reactions to early exit polling. The polls showed drops in support for the coalition parties VVD and PvdA, as well as a surprise slide for anti-Islam PVV, with significant gains for D66, and more modest gains for the SP and the conservative Christian alliance CU/SGP.
The second exit poll from statistics firm Ipsos with broadcast partner NOS shows a slightly bigger drop in support for anti-Islam party PVV than predicted earlier. An estimated 49 percent of voters cast a ballot in the provincial election, which directly leads to the make-up of the Dutch senate, or Eerste Kamer.
Ruling coalition party VVD is expected to lose four of its 16 senate seats, and coalition partner PvdA will likely lose six of its 14 seats, according to exit polling conducted by Ipsos and broadcast on NOS. The two parties hold a thin majority in the Tweede Kamer lower house of parliament, and would now need committed legislative partners to carry 33 seats in the Eerste Kamer upper house.
GroenLinks will not be part of a "prop-up construction" should the Cabinet need more parties for a majority in the Eerste Kamer, the Senate, after next week's provincial elections, NRC reports.
With only a week before the provincial elections, the coalition parties have lost their majority in the Eerste Kamer (Senate) in the latest poll. The VVD and PvdA along with the D66, ChristenUnie and SGP (constructive three) have a total of 33 seats, five to few for a majority.
The management of El Wahda pulled out of the plans for a large mosque in Gouda yesterday "given the fuss". This happened just one day before the plans for the mosque would (probably) have been voted down by the City Council, the Volkskrant reports.
Parliamentarians in the Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament) understand Minister Ivo Opstelten and State Secretary Fred Teeven's (Security and Justice) decision to resign. The two handed in their resignations because of discrepancies in details given to the Tweede Kamer regarding a 4.7 million guilder payout to drug criminal Cees H. that Teeven approved during his time as prosecutor in 2001.
The arrival of the new mosque in Gouda Noord now hinges on the decision of opposition party ChristenUnie's decision next week. The VVD and SGP have already decided to vote against the plans, Omroep West reports.
The VVD wants to consult with other countries to change existing international treaties so that terrorists' can lose their Dutch citizenships, even if this would mean that the terrorist will then not be a citizen of any country ("stateless"), NRC reports.
Parliament Members have raised questions in the Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament) about a charity gala happening in Utrecht on March 1st, AD reports. The controversial Sheikh Assim Al-Hakeem is invited to speak there.
2,741 (violent) incidents were recorded in Dutch asylum centers in the first 6 months of last year. These include 13 suicides, 80 suicide attempts, 124 intimidations and threats, 47 assaults, 58 missing people, 23 hunger strikes, 4 self-immolations and 10 suspicions of human trafficking. In the first half of 2014 there were about 12 thousand asylum seekers in Dutch centers, that number has doubled in the meantime.
Christian parties in the Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament) are against Minister Bussemaker's (Education, Culture and Science) plan to deploy 160 advisers to help ethnic and religious groups in the acceptance of homosexuality, Trouw reports.
A majority of the Senate wants clarification from State Secretary Fred Teeven (Security and Justice) about the cuts he wants to make to the legal aid budget. With these cuts Teeven ignores the wishes of the Senate, who rejected the 85 million euro cut last month.
Opposition parties D66 and ChristenUnie wants mental health care to be free for all children. According to these parties, the government may not ask for a contribution as long as there is an investigation ongoing.
The Central Jewish Board (CJO) is asking synagogue congregations to start a letter-writing campaign to convince the Mayors of their cities to add more security around Jewish sites in the Netherlands. The letter is a response to the attack in Paris and the raid in Verviers, reports NRC. Both France and Belgium have deployed the army to guard the Jewish institutions.
There should be a ban on pimps to reduce the exploitation of prostitutes, says the socially conservative political party ChristenUnie. Pimps regulate prostitution and take a part of the prostitutes' money, they claim. They are oftentimes not punishable by law and there should be a bill changing that, the party suggests.
The parliament is debating with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and several ministers on Wednesday about the terrorist attacks in Paris last week. The factions want to hear the Dutch government's views on the event and the readiness level to prevent and deal with such attacks in the Netherlands.
Despite the Christmas recess, the Senate will be meeting tonight to discuss further curbing the top incomes in the (semi) public sector.
After three days of crisis over Minister Edith Schippers' (Public Health) rejected healthcare law, the VVD and PvdA reached a compromise and the impending fall of the government was averted. The three allied opposition parties, the D66, SGP and ChristenUnie, still have some major concerns.
Despite three Labour Senators saying they are still not prepared to vote in favour of a new legislative action that would limit the rights of medical patients, the prospect of a solution is apparently in sight. The crisis began Tuesday night when the three senators voted against health care legislation supported by the coalition government.
Health Minister Edith Schippers told the ruling coalition that if the PvdA cannot come up with a solution to pass her health care bill in the Senate that she would be forced to resign, sources told the Volkskrant. The embattled minister's bill strips the requirement that insurers pay at least 75 percent of the cost for visiting an out-of-network medical specialist.
Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs announced on Tuesday that the Cabinet will further reduce the gas extraction in Groningen. A maximum of 39.4 billion cubic meters of gas may be extracted from the gas field in Groningen in 2015, previously it was 42.5 billion cubic meters. This is a reduction of about 7 percent.
The PvdA and VVD will continue searching for a solution to the problems that have arisen around Minister Edith Schippers' healthcare plan later today.