"Already high costs and lack of openness ... make the king unnecessarily vulnerable," D66 leader Alexander Pechtold writes referring to the 127 million euro palace renovations. He calls this "exorbitantly high".
Letters obtained from health and safety inspectors and minutes of meetings reveal that the Defence Ministry was aware of the health risks associated with carcinogenic paint since 1987, but did not take steps to protect staff until eleven years later, according to broadcaster NOS.
Politicians are favoring a harder line, and being stricter on the rules of bonuses for banks. In a Parliament meeting about the cabinet plan to tackle banker bonuses, ruling party, the PvdA, will demand an increase in fines for banks and insurers who dismiss the bonus ban, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
Exactly half of the people who voted for the PvdA, the Dutch labour party, in the 2012 Parliamentary election regret their choice, an Ipsos poll released on Wednesday shows. Respondents said that the PvdA’s inability to fulfill their promises, and the party's continued lack of action led them to regret casting their vote.
Asian restaurants have been in discussion with Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs and benefits agency UWV about receiving work permits to attract top Asian chefs to their restaurants. The parties came to an agreement, which will be officially signed on Wednesday in Amsterdam, de Telegraaf reports.
In Utrecht, state secretary for Security and Justice Fred Teeven has upset Mayor Jan van Zanen by executing a 'power-play', removing an asylum seeker from a center without consulting the Mayor, which is the agreement, RTV Utrecht reports.
A majority in the Second Chamber does not want to give Amsterdam the opportunity to introduce a compulsory helmet law for scooters.
Prime minister Rutte said this morning that the government will the first suggestions for the revision of the tax system before the summer of 2015.
Amsterdam is investing in education and poverty as agreed by coalition parties D66, VVD and SP.
This is evident from the budget for 2015 that was presented by alderman Udo Kock (D66).
€32 million extra is available for Amsterdam schools and an extra €20 million for the fight against poverty. The waste levy decreases with 15 million euro.
Emeritus Professor Piet de Rooy wrote the best political book of last year. The book "Ons stipje op de waereldkaart" (Our specks on the world map) won him the Prinsjesboekenprijs on Monday.
Minster Opstelten of Security and Justice wants to increase the court fees greatly, but on Prinsjedag he will announce that the increase has been scaled back, RTL News reports.
In order to give share economy companies such as Airbnb and Uber a chance on the Dutch market, the government will have to amend the rules or bring in new ones, and abolish those that stand in the way of these companies, MPs say. It must also be handled in such a way as to not stand in the way of existing market competitors, however, De Volkskrant report.
Sociology students in preparatory middle-level vocational education (VMBO) schools in The Netherlands are in an uproar over texts about Moroccans and Turks in one of their textbooks. The Book, from publisher Malmberg, contains prejudicial text about minority groups in The Netherlands, the students say on Twitter, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
CDA leader Sybrand Buma was under fire in the Second Chamber today when he proposed to make the glorification of terrorism punishable.
The Cabinet wants more attention for suicides amongst LGBT youths in The Netherlands. The D66 will plead for investigation into the motivations for young lesbian and gay men and women to commit suicide in a Parliamentary Debate with Minister Edith Schippers of Health, De Volkskrant reports.
The D66 wants clarification from the Cabinet over the high sick leave in the national government. According to recent figures absenteeism was 5.2 percent last year, well above the Dutch average of 3.9 percent, Trouw.nl reports.
State Secretary of Security and Justice Fred Teeven has asked Healthcare Inspection (IGZ) to launch an investigation into involuntary psychiatric treatment (TBS) facility De Rooyse Wissel in Venray. This comes after the clinic experienced three deaths in one week, a spokesperson for the Ministry announces.
In Rotterdam, Café De Witte Aap has been told to close its doors for at least two weeks after a 33-year-old man from Capelle aan den IJssel was wounded in a stabbing last Wednesday, the NOS reports.
After negotiations at the Ministry of Finance with financial specialist from the ruling parties and friendly opposition parties, the Cabinet seems to be in agreement about the budget for next year. Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem says the consensus is a "careful budget", De Telegraaf reports.
The budget negotiation between the government and opposition is in its final stages, Alexander Pechtold, leader of the D66 said on Monday.
Coalition parties VVD and PvdA and friendly opposition parties D66, ChristenUnie and SGP want more money to become available for the refugee situation in The Netherlands. According to sources from De Telegraaf, this plan should be in the making by Minister Ploumen of Development Co-operation.
Monday sees the launch of the first budget negotiations after the Summer. Ministers tell NU.nl that the talks are positive, and it does not look like there will be more stringent budget cuts.
Minister Timmermans from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the country's favorite Cabinet Minister. A poll from Maurice de Hond on Sunday shows that the PvdA-politician gets a 6.1, passing his party-cohort from Finance Jeroen Dijsselbloem.
The recent figures from the Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) show that the recover after the crisis in The Netherlands is definite, but "fragile", Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem says.