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.
Health Minister Edith Schippers is "positive" about making the NIPT-test available to everyone, but she will not make a decision on whether or not to do so until after she received advice from the Health council, she said in a parliamentary debate on the test that can diagnose Down's syndrome in unborn children on Tuesday
The lower house of Dutch parliament on Tuesday approved a proposal to ban smoking on all school grounds by 2020
ChristenUnie parliamentarian Joel Voordewind is calling for an end to the slow asylum procedure, that is leading to frustration, protests and even suicide in the emergency asylum shelters, AD reports.
An increasing number of asylum seekers are leaving the Netherlands voluntarily because they are discouraged by the Dutch asylum procedure, according the International Organization for Migration, the nongovernmental organizations that helps migrants with their voluntary return. "Under the current high influx of asylum seekers, there are many who choose for voluntary return relatively soon after arrival", a spokesperson said to the Volkskrant. "They get discouraged because it takes a long time to gain asylum and to have their family come over."
Thirty year old Iraqi asylum seeker Hussein Ali Abdel Amer hung himself in the asylum shelter in Alphen aan den Rijn on Saturday while talking on the phone with his wife, who is still in Iraq with his children. The long waiting time before getting clarity about his refugee status and his incapability to return to his family were too much for him
PVV leader Geert Wilders' political colleagues think that he should denounce violence in the asylum debate. The PVV leader regularly calls for resistance against the arrival of asylum seekers or centers. And this often turns into violence.
The Oosting-committee's report on the deal Fred Teeven made with drug criminal Cees H., has the other parties smelling VVD-blood. And the first victim is to be Tweede Kamer president Anouchka van Miltenburg, who will be answering questions on her role in the affair on Tuesday. The Tweede Kamer is the lower house of Dutch parliament.
A majority in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, wants the cabinet to gradually close all he coal power plants in the Netherlands.
ChristenUnie parliamentary Joel Voordewind is calling on the government to push an extra 800 million euros into the budget for asylum seeker reception.
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.
Many schools in the Netherlands do not have access to an internet connection with sufficient speed. At some schools, especially in the outlying areas, the internet connection is so slow, that it is impossible to work with multiple computers at the same time. Dutch parliamentarians want this problem to be solved by 2017.
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.
If a general election were held this week in the Netherlands, anti-Islam and anti-refugee party PVV would sit atop all others with 30 seats in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament. That would mark a doubling of their current contingency, at the expense of the ruling right-left coalition of the VVD and PvdA (Labour) parties, Dutch pollster Maurice de Hond revealed this week.
After antagonizing most of the faction leaders during the general budget debate on Wednesday, PVV leader Geert Wilders has now turned his attentions to Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Wilders and Rutte spoke some harsh words in their clash over the refugee crisis, with Wilders telling Rutte that "he's only Prime Minister on paper", and Rutte accusing Wilders of "illusion politics".
Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice will stick to his plan surrounding the reorganization to the National Police, despite upset and concerns in the Tweede Kamer. He is convinced that the transformation will run better now that it has two extra years and and extra money to do so.
The majority of the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, wants Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs and Employment to submit proposals for a substantial increase in the minimum wage for young people in the short term.
It seems unlikely that the smoking ban will be extended to also include terraces in the near future. Many political parties are either opposed to the idea, or find it premature to implement at this stage.