The European Parliament elections start today, with the Netherlands joining Great Britain as the first member states to vote. The two candidates drawing the most attention are Europhobes Geert Wilders of the PVV and Nigel Farage of UKIP.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte is being attacked by opposition party Members of Parliament over his issuance of a formal statement about what the Dutch representatives in European government should prioritize. Rutte, a member of the VVD conservative party, made comments directly opposed by the agenda of his government coalition partner, the leftist PvdA.
The portion of women in the European Parliament has risen in the last few decades. In 1979, when the European Parliament was first chosen directly, 16 percent of the elected Parliamentarians were women. In the current Parliament, that is 36 percent. Of the 26 Dutch members, 46 percent are women.
The D66 and PVV parties are the biggest frontrunners in the polls for the European elections this Thursday. The D66 is pro-Europe while the PVV is anti-Europe.
PVV-leader Geert Wilders and Marine Le Pen called off their collective campaign for election to European Parliament last month, according to news magazine Vrij Nederland.
Pauline Kastermans, D66 candidate for the European elections next Thursday, is trying to win votes via dating app Tinder. She is promising dates in exchange for votes.
At least one voter in Amsterdam has received two voter passes for the European Parliament elections on the 22nd of May. The Financieele Dagblad (FD) reports that there might be more cases.
The PvdA launched a website on Sunday, which is criticizes PVV-leader Geert Wilders. The site is called Wilders' Friends, or, devriendenvanwilders.eu, comes during the preliminaries of the European Parliamentary elections, and lists Wilders' standpoints, framed by the comments of what the PvdA terms as his 'friends' in the elections.
Geert Wilders responded to criticism of his cooperation with extreme right-wing nationalist parties across Europe by saying he sees no reason why he and his political party, PVV, should not work these groups. The Dutch politician has been working with France’s Front National and Austria’s FPÖ to try and create an anti-European Union opposition within the European Parliament.
The D66 in the European Parliament wants to introduce a European-wide AMBER Alert to find missing children as efficiently as possible. This was proposed by frontrunner Sophie 't Veld during a European election debate in Maastricht earlier this month.
The Jewish community's lobbying group, CIDI, is critical of PVV-leader Geert Wilders, saying that he is doing what he insisted he never would, to be in the same boat as right wing extremist groups in the run-up to the European Parliamentary elections later this month.
The Euro parliament voted for a universal phone charger Thursday afternoon, that will compel manufacturers to include a standardized charger with their phones. The measure will reduce unnecessary pollution, costs and inconvenience to the user.
The introduction of the new European payment system (SEPA) has been postponed until August 14, 2014 to prevent disruption of financial transactions. This was decided by the European Parliament, Tuesday.
MEP, Judith Merkies, is no longer welcome in the European mission she's part of. Her fellow PvdA-MEP's, Thijs Berman and Emine Bozkurt, requested the PvdA-board to end her membership. This was announced by Berman and Bozkurt Wednesday afternoon.
Parliament chose not to observe two minutes of silence to commemorate Ariël Sharon Tuesday, as Geert Wilders requested. Chairman Anouchka van Miltenburg decided against it, after consultation with the different fractions.
PVV leader Geert Wilders wants to bring down the European Union, has dubbed Islam an "inferior culture" and said that future Eastern European migrants should stay home.
Voters in the Dutch Caribbean islands have started receiving their registration forms this week for the election of Dutch members of the European Parliament.