A total of 42 Dutch parliamentarians resigned since the previous election in 2012. That is the most of any cabinet since 1981, the Financieele Dagblad reports based on data from the Parliamentary Documentation Center of Leiden University. On average 35 parliamentarians resign during a typical four year term of government.
D66 parliamentarian Wassila Hachchi resigned from the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, and is heading to the United States to campaign for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the party announced on Wednesday
D66 parliamentarian Gerard Schouw is leaving politics after 25 years of being active for the D66. From August 1st this year he will be the CEO of Nefarma, the Dutch Association for Innovative Medicines, the party announced on their website.
The Netherlands-based chip maker Gemalto has been hacked by the United States secret service NSA and the British GCHQ, De Telegraaf reports. This is according to a report by The Intercept based on documents received by NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden.
The D66 wants clarification from State Secretary Fred Teeven of Security and Justice on why a refugee family with two small children have been put in detention, De Telegraaf reports.
An imam gala will likely go ahead as planned, and will be held at the Event Plaza in Rijswijk on March 8. Several MPs have expressed concern and anger at reports that the incoming imams were granted visas. Tickets are still being sold for the event.
VVD Parliamentarian Klaas Dijkhoff denounced the phantom images raised by opponents that large scale data trawls will soon be conducted in the Netherlands, just like the NSA does in the United states, NU. reports. "The fear exists and people like to call up that feeling, but there is not country in the world where information is dealt with more carefully." he said.
According to Parliament Member Gerard Schouw, the more than 170 labels currently found in stores are too confusing. The D66 is arguing for a single label in the form of a stop light.
A Liberian asylum seeker was on his way to Brussels, from where he would be deported back to Liberia, when he got the surprising news that he can remain in the Netherlands.
The man had repeatedly appealed against his deportation because of the Ebola epidemic prevailing in his country, but all his requests were denied.
A ruling by the court in Roermond prevented the deportation of the 31 year old man, his lawyer confirmed. Last week the court in Den Bosch ruled that he must be returned to Liberia despite the Ebola epidemic.
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.
The House of Representatives as well as the Senate voted with a strong majority on the D66 initiative that will see no civil servants be appointed to office if they do not support all marriage, including between men and between women.
The Senate voted on the bill to amend referenda, put forward by PvdA, D66 and GroenLinks. The so-called advisory referendum (non-binding) will be instated temporarily until there is a corrective referendum (binding). The advisory referendum is getting a participation quorum of 30 percent of those eligible to vote.
It was the Netherlands and not the NSA that collected the data on 1.8 million local phone calls that is in the possession of the American security organisation.
The Netherlands has set up an investigation on the NSA’s connection to Prism, a national security electronic surveillance program run by the NSA.