The parliament of Sint Maarten, the States, passed a motion of no confidence against six of the seven minsters in its government, including Prime Minister William Marlin on Thursday. The government was disbanded and new elections will be held in January, governor Eugene Holiday announced in a statement. Until then, the island will be ruled by an interim government that still needs to be established, ANP reports.
For the second year in a row, the Netherlands has the most competitive economy in the European Union, and the fourth most competitive economy in the world, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). The Netherlands scored particularly well because of its strong base in, for example, infrastructure and macroeconomic policy, said Erasmus University - the WEF partner organization in the Netherlands, NU.nl reports.
The Dutch government collected 25.3 billion euros in environmental taxes and levies last year, 3 percent more than in 2015, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Monday. Households carried almost two thirds of that amount.
The Dutch government is against a parliamentary proposal to only allow police officers in videos and photos if their faces and other identifying features have been blurred out. Minister Stef Blok of Security and Justice called the proposal "undesirable" and "unnecessary" in a letter to the Tweede Kamer on Thursday, NU.nl reports.
The Dutch government decided that Turkish deputy prime minister Tugrul Türkes is not welcome in the Netherlands next week. He was planning to speak in the Orpheus congress center in Apeldoorn on Tuesday during a commemoration of the failed coup in Turkey last year, NOS reports.
The Dutch state sold another 65 million ABN Amro share certificates, about 7 percent of the shares, the bank announced on Wednesday. The sale made the government 1.5 billion euros, ANP reports.
Following this sale, the Dutch government still holds 63 percent of ABN Amro's shares. The government intends to sell all its shares in the coming years. The next transaction can happen in 60 days at the earliest.
ABN Amro was nationalized during the 2008 credit crisis and returned to the stock exchange in 2015.
From a survey by Whooz regarding Dutch citizens' preferences for the current coalition formation among 9,500 respondents divided in 14 target groups, it appears a coalition between the 'core bloc' of VVD, D66 and CDA together with GroenLinks is most popular. This cabinet is slightly more desirable to Dutch citizens than a combination of the core bloc with the ChristenUnie. Third in line is a leftist coalition with CDA, D66, GroenLinks, SP, PvdA and PvdD.
More than two out of ten employees in the Netherlands say they are unhappy with their job’s salary, reports the Statistics Netherlands (CBS) based on data collected in the fourth quarter of 2015. However, the percentages strongly vary between sectors. Almost four out of ten persons employed by government institutions said they were dissatisfied with their income.
Thanks to higher than expected revenue and lower than expected spending, the Dutch government is left with a 200 million euros surplus on the 2016 budget, Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem of Finance said in a letter to parliament on Thursday, ANP reports.
The surplus can almost entirely be attributed to the total tax and premium revenue of last year, which came out 3.1 billion euros higher than projected. Expenses were 0.2 billion euros lower. In the Autumn calculations the government still expected a budget deficit of 3.1 billion euros.
The distribution of funds between the national government and municipalities should be urgently reassessed by the new cabinet, the Council for Financial Relations said, according to newspaper Trouw. The Council called the current system "inefficient", "cluttered" and "inconsistent".
Last year more women occupied top positions in businesses in the Netherlands, though they are still a minority compared to the men. In 2015 a quarter of the top positions were filled by women, according to the Emancipation Monitor published by the social and cultural planning office SCP and Statistics Netherlands on Tuesday.
In the government and healthcare there are an equal number of men and women working in high management. But the number of women in high positions is low compared to the number of women working in those two sector.
The Dutch government is working on a law that entails criteria foreign funders must meet if they want to give money to a Dutch institution, according to a letter the cabinet sent to parliament on Monday, Het Parool reports.
One of the things the government is considering is an obligation of all foundations in the Netherlands to be transparent about the donations they receive. In this way problematic and undesirable foreign financing to, for example, religious institutions can be better addressed, the government wrote, according to the newspaper.
The Sinterklaas celebration with Zwarte Piet in his current blackface form can inadvertently contribute to stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice wrote in a letter to parliament. The government therefore supports the tradition being adapted, NU.nl reports.
"It is difficult, for example in the U.S., to explain the tradition of Zwarte Piet in his current form", the Minister wrote, but he added that the Dutch who "always celebrate the kids party with great joy" are not directly racist.
Parliamentarian Jacques Monasch left the PvdA and cancelled his membership to the paryt, he announced on Monday afternoon. He is, however, holding on to his seat in parliament, NU.nl reports.
"I do this with a lot of grief. I've been a member of the PvdA since I was 16. I worked in all conres of the country for the party. But I think that the PvdA should be loyal to itself and show itself respect. They are now going a way that I can no longer take because i think we should be an open party, especially now that things are so difficult", Monasch said, according to the newspaper.
The Dutch government will soon make a proposal that would allow the police to exploit so-called zero-day vulnerabilities in software and not notify the developers about the weaknesses, the Telegraaf reports based on sources in The Hague.
This means that if the police manage to break into a suspect’s phone and computer through a vulnerability that the developer does not know about, the can leave that “back door” open. And they don’t have to tell the developer about it. This will allow the police to make use of the same vulnerability for longer.
In the third quarter of this year collective bargaining wages increased by 2.1 percent compared to the same period last year. That is the biggest increase since 2009, according to figures from Statistics Netherlands.
For the second year in a row the Dutch government is giving the Budget Day message that the economic crisis is over. But the vast majority of Dutch have seen little or no improvement to their immediate environment, according to a study Ipsos did for NOS.
The Netherlands' budget for fighting crime hasn't increased since 2009, according to Statistics Netherlands. From 2009 to 2015 government spent 12.9 billion euros a year on crime fighting.
A massive 95 percent of Rotterdam residents feel that homelessness in the city is a major problem that needs to be addressed better, according to a poll by Maurice de Hond. Almost half of them are willing to contribute financially to help improve the lives of the homeless
Insurance firm ASR hit the Amsterdam stock exchange at 19.50 euros per share on Friday. The total valuation thus amounts to over 2.9 billion euros
Almost 90 percent of Dutch municipalities support a call on the government to allow experiments with regulated cannabis cultivation, was revealed in a vote at the association of Dutch municipalities VNG's annual conference on Wednesday.
The next cabinet will include a Ministry focused solely on Climate and Energy, if it is up to the D66. The party wants a more clear approach to the climate policy to show that the Netherlands is serious about fighting climate change
Last year 31 percent of the nearly 500 executives working in the central government were women. That means that the Dutch government reached the "legal target" of 30 percent two years earlier than planned