Less than one third of Dutch people is currently happy with the European Union. The latest Euro-barometer from the European Commission shows that the Netherlands is equally dissatisfied with the EU as most of Europe on average.
Workers across the European Union should no longer be exploited, and should be properly paid for honest work. This comes from Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher in an opinion piece for the Volkskrant.
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.
A new European algorithm will mean that The Netherlands will spend more money next year on payments to the European Union and development aid, and will make the scope of the Dutch economy a lot bigger than previously calculated.
A new proposal from SGP party leader Kees van der Staaij could see the Netherlands placing a toll on cars driven into the Netherlands from other countries. The proposal is similar to one approved by the government last year that was expected to raise €260 million.
"The Crimea referendum violates the Constitution of the Ukraine and is a result of military aggression. The referendum was not recognized, therefore the results are not recognized," said Minister of Foreign Affairs, Frans Timmermans, in a response to the recently held referendum on Crimea.
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 immigration of Bulgarians and Romanians is lower than anticipated last year. European regulations changed and they no longer need work permits within the European Union, starting January 1st.. 614 Romanians and 340 Bulgarians registered at Dutch cities, compared to 6,000 Polish in the same time frame.
The 4.1 million homeless in the European Union could easily be housed in the 11 million vacant homes, according to news paper The Guardian, who collected data from all over Europe.
In a letter to Parliament Wednesday evening, Minister Frans Timmermans of Foreign Affairs, wrote he wants to focus on targeted sanctions directed toward parties responsible for violence, including the opposition, in the matter of the Ukraine.
European commissioner for Health, Tonio Borg, has said that the European Union must go to the World Trade Organization (WTO) to fight Russia's ban on the import of pork.
The gigantic net loss of €2b of SNS Reaal over 2013 doesn't phase Finance Minister Dijsselbloem one bit. He blames the loss partly to write-offs in the real-estate branch of the bank, which was sold.
Getting out of the European Union, will give the Netherlands "oxygen, while the EU chokes us", PVV-leader Geert Wilders said.
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.
After initially banning pork and pork products from Lithuania this past Saturday, because of an outbreak of African swine fever, Russia extended the ban to the entire European Union this week. The Dutch pork branch loses 2 to 3 million euros a week as a result of the ban.
The opening of the Dutch labour market to Romanian and Bulgarian jobseekers has received attention due to concerns about the state of European labour migration, but also due to employment chances in the Netherlands left unexploited, the WRR claims.
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a 153-page-report on human rights in the European Union on its website, Wednesday, of which 9 pages (in the English version) are dedicated to the Netherlands.
By now, most people know that with a few international work opportunities under your belt, you can not only boost your career and spice up your CV, but will also be rewarded with unforgettable personal experiences. Each year, more and more people choose to be expatriates, and the Netherlands are among the more popular destinations not only for expats from the EU, but from around the globe.
Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans, who is visiting Cuba, said that the European Union should look again at its relationship with Cuba, BBC News reports on Tuesday.
Starting New Year's Day 2014, Romanian and Bulgarian people have free movement throughout the European Union, and tens of thousands of people could move to the Netherlands. The vast majority of Dutch people believes that too many migrants from Eastern Europe have settled in the Netherlands, and they create problems for local residents.
The round-up of some of this year’s most noteworthy events and news stories.
The Groningen offices of political party PVV want the Netherlands to do whatever possible to save aluminum smelting company Aldel from bankruptcy, even if it means breaking European regulations. The company has over €24 million in debt, and is losing €1.2 million monthly.
Minister Frans Timmermans (Foreign Affairs) does not want to the "dirty work" for other European countries by prematurely opposing Albany's membership. He will look for allies within Europe to support his position.