The independent human rights experts who looked into Zwarte Piet on Tuesday called on the Dutch Government to take the lead in the ongoing debate about whether it’s time the tradition undergo a change.
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The PVV and the French Front National are going to work together in Europe. At a press conference in The Hague the leaders of both parties called it a historic collaboration
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Bontes told the Volkskrant that he has not been voted out of the PVV group in the house anonymously. One of the PVV MPs abstained from voting.
Geert Wilders told the press on Tuesday morning, right after the voting, that the decision was an anonymous decision. Bontes describes the situation: “After Wilders had spoken, all MPs were given some time to speak. Then the voting took place, although one of the MPs asked for a written voting. That person abstained from the oral voting. However, the 13 voters against me were for me enough proof that I was no longer welcome.”
Geert Wilders announced Tuesday morning that Louis Bontes has been kicked out of the group of PVV in the House. Earlier on Tuesday told the press that he hoped that he could stay as a member of the PVV group.
The PVV leader said that he thinks that the decision to kick Bontes out of the PVV group is a ‘sad moment’. “It is OK to criticize and people within PVV can do that every day. Using the press to blow things up and do some back stabbing, we can’t appreciate.”
PVV MP Louis Bontes wants more democracy within the PVV. He wants to stay a member of the PVV and PVV MP and doesn’t think about leaving the party.
Last week Bontes hit the news by stopping as a board member of the group of PVV in the House. Besides Bontes, Fleur Agema, Martin Bosma and PVV leader Geert Wilders formed the board. Bontes stepped away from the board because he didn’t want to be responsible, as treasurer, for the expenses. Money which the group in the House receives for their work and which is meant for making their work possible, is used for other party activities.
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PvdA leader Diederik Samsom was quick with a response on a tweet of PVV leader Wilders.
On Tuesday afternoon, Wilders tweeted: ‘I will never get used to it. A Moroccan (Arib), this afternoon as House chairman with in front of her the Koran in the Dutch House.”
Samsom immediately responded: ‘Arib as chairman proves that the hatred of PVV will never overcome the power of this beautiful country, in which origin is irrelevant.’
Wednesday was the first of two days Budget Discussion in the House.
CDA leader Sybrand Buma has presented an alternative budget. The CDA thinks to recover the economy and employment by reducing the costs for employers and employees with 2.9 billion euro.
This week the House will discuss the Dutch national Budget which was presented by the government on Prinsjesdag.
PVV leader Geert Wilders protested on Monday at the Romanian Embassy in The Hague, against the opening of borders for Bulgarian and Romanian workers.
Wilders came to deliver a letter in which he is expressing his concern about the arrival of Romanians and Bulgarians, who are free to come to work starting January 1, 2014. Wilders was received at the embassy for an interview. After the meeting the PVV leader said he was ‘received well’ and that the Romanians 'had listened to him’.
Politician Hero Brinkman (48) returned to his old employer, the Amsterdam police. The Corps announced on Monday that Brinkman is in service again at the Amsterdam police. They did not announce what exact job Brinkman has.
Brinkman, born in Almelo, has served as a policeman at the Amsterdam police for fourteen years. After that period he worked for two years as a community liaison and 5 years as an inspector. In 2006 he started his political career in the House for the PVV.
More than 80,000 people have already supported the action of PVV leader and MP Geert Wilders by signing the petition tekenverzetaan.nl. This was announced by Wilders on Saturday.
The action of the PVV leader is against the ‘systematic plundering’ of the government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte. According to Wilders, the government makes degradation policy.
The article in Dagblad Trouw, from last Saturday, about the Islamization of the Schilderswijk in The Hague, has stirred up the politics in the Netherlands.
A majority in the House supports the proposal of the PVV to have a debate, about the Schilderswijk and the status of Islamization, with Minister Ronald Plasterk of Internal Affairs and Vice Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher.
PVV leader Geert Wilders visits the Schilderswijk in the Hague on Tuesday. His visit is a reaction to an article which was published on Saturday in ‘Dagblad Trouw’. The newspaper concludes, from their own investigation, that a part of the Schilderswijk is developing as an enclave of orthodox muslims.
“The Schilderswijk is a neighborhood, in The Hague, where more strict religious muslims live, close to each other, than elsewhere in the city, and they want to apply the strict muslim rules to the street,” according to Trouw, and, “Non-muslims en moderate muslims suffer from this.”