Former European parliamentarian Daniel van der Stoep was convicted and sentenced by a court in the Hague on Tuesday for trying to lure three underage girls into a sexual relationship in exchange for money, smartphones and clothing. In one case he was also willing to provide cocaine to one of the girls, with the court determining he was also guilty of repeatedly possessing the drug.
State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and Environment wants all countries participating in the climate summit in Paris this week to legally commit to a 40 percent reduction in emissions by 2030. If this happens, she would consider the summit a success.
One of the underage girls former European Parliamentarian Daniel van der Stoep is suspected of trying to solicit sex from, is the daughter of one of the policy aides that worked with him in the party "Artikel 50" during the European Parliament elections in 2014.
When David Bernet set out in 2009 to direct Democracy, a documentary that throws a spotlight on the inner workings of the European Parliament, he knew he needed a topic that would be relevant for years to come. It was still four years before Edward Snowden leaked classified information about the United States government’s global surveillance, and accused the Netherlands of kowtowing to U.S. spying demands (the Dutch denied the accusation).
Former PVV European Parliamentarian Daniel van der Stoep is suspected of trying to solicit sex with underage girls, the Public Prosecutor confirmed on Wednesday.
On Thursday the European Parliament called on EU member states to give infamous American whistleblower Edward Snowden asylum as a defender of international human rights. The vote on this issue split the Dutch Euro Parliamentarians almost right down the middle.
The European Parliament is investigating PVV member Marcel de Graaff's voting behavior in the European Parliament on Wednesday. It is suspected that he cast a fraudulent vote on behalf of fellow party member Marine Le Pen.
Members of European Parliament voted to guarantee equal internet access across all websites, and put an end to roaming charges for mobile calls and data use across the European Union. Fees charged to mobile customers in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway that take place when they are in another EU market will be banned from June 15, 2017.
The Netherlands will soon begin with preparing shelter for a total of more than 2 thousand extra refugees coming from Italy and Greece. he two southern European countries are dealing with a massive influx of refugees and need relief. The first of these refugees may arrive in the Netherlands in September.
The PVV has managed to get enough parties and members together for a faction in the European Parliament, PVV leader Geert Wilders announced on Twitter on Monday. Forming an official faction provides financial support and more influence in the European Parliament.
This week the European Parliament worked on getting the same parental leave into the law for all European Union countries. This would benefit Dutch fathers, who currently only get two paid days leave at the birth of a child.
A delegation from the European Parliament will be visiting the Netherlands in May for an investigation into the so-called sweetheart tax deals with multinationals like Starbucks.
Hundreds of people gathered on the Spuiplein in The Hague on Saturday to commemorate the Armenian genocide which started almost 100 years ago.
Minister Henk Kamp (Economic Affairs) is "very disappointed" that the EU member states could not reach an agreement on protecting net neutrality within the EU, NU reports. This may put the net neutrality in the Netherlands at risk.
The European member states have come up with a proposal to make using mobile internet in other European Union countries cheaper, NOS reports. The member states proposed that those visiting other EU countries can use 5 MB of mobile data every day without incurring extra costs (roaming costs).
Marcel De Graaff says he quickly regretted retweeting the words "Death to Muslims" on Wednesday. The PVV Member of European Parliament quickly removed his own message after seeing what he had posted.
Frans Timmermans (PvdA) has been named the First Vice President of the new European Commission. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker just announced this at a press conference.
The PVV in Brussels has fired its nine staff members, saying that the new delegation wants an entirely clean sheet of staff, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
Geert Wilders has failed to gather enough members for his Parliamentary group. The PVV-leader is two members short of the necessary seven EU member states for a Parliamentary faction to be valid. He hopes to have more success towards the end of the year.
A heated exchange between MPs Harm Beertema of PVV and Alexander Pechtold of the D66 momentarily disrupted a debate in the House of Parliament today. It all started when D66-leader Pechtold asked Beertema to clarify the possible cooperation between the PVV and Polish party KNP in a European Parliament faction.
PVV-leader Geert Wilders has recruited Polish party KNP (New Right) for his new faction in the European Parliament. This was announced by the Polish party, Trouw reports.
Eurosceptic populist parties such as UKIP and the PVV are having a hard time forming factions for the European Parliament, meaning that these parties are under threat of ending up on the sidelines. It seems highly likely that Nigel Farage and Geert Wilders will lose their power.
PVV-leader Geert Wilders finds the latest anti-Semitic statements of French Front National party-founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, "disgusting," he told newswire ANP. Wilders still gave Le Pen some benefit of the doubt, when he said, “If the statements were truly made, and meant [in that way], they are without a doubt disgusting which I have already mentioned to Front National.” He did not want to give further explanation according to the ANP.
The D66 received the most votes in the European elections, but the CDA won the most seats. The votes were close, but the D66 won with 15.4 percent, four seats, against 15 percent for CDA, five seats. This difference is explained by the CDA partnering up with ChristenUnie/SGP.