Ruling coalition party VVD is expected to lose four of its 16 senate seats, and coalition partner PvdA will likely lose six of its 14 seats, according to exit polling conducted by Ipsos and broadcast on NOS. The two parties hold a thin majority in the Tweede Kamer lower house of parliament, and would now need committed legislative partners to carry 33 seats in the Eerste Kamer upper house.
Keeping Greece in the eurozone and strengthening the monetary union remains the main objective of the Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem. The Dutch Finance Minister told broadcaster BNR that there are scenarios ready in case of Greece not meeting the EU requirements in July.
Dutch GPs are back in action against the growing influence of insurers in the healthcare system. Doctors from eight provinces attached their manifesto under the title ‘Everything must change’ next to the entrance to the Department of Health, reports NOS.
Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten and his deputy, Secretary Fred Teeven, resigned Monday night from the government, they announced during consecutive press conferences at the ministry. The two stepped down from office over a settlement deal Teeven made as prosecutor, that gave 4.7-million guilders tax free to criminal Cees H. in 2001.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is not included in airplane accident fatality statistics released Monday by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The inclusion would have added another 298 victims to the total of 641 for 2014, already a 300 percent increase over 2013 figures.
The government acknowledges and regrets that not enough attention was paid to the safety of Groningen in the past, Minister Henk Kamp (Economic Affairs) said in Groningen on behalf of the Cabinet yesterday.
The Dutch government has emphasized that airline KLM must remain in sufficiently autonomous from the government to avoid a conflict of interest arising from the development of Schiphol Airport.
State Secretary Wilma Mansveld (Infrastructure and Environment) has decided to fine NS 5.5 million euro because the company did not sufficiently fulfill the performance agreements made with the government.
Several websites were unreachable throughout Tuesday due to a fault at the hosting provider Prolocation. Unreachable websites include both the government's Dutch and English sites, Rijksoverheijd.nl and Government.nl, Dutch blog site GeenStijl.nl and telecommunication firm Telfort's site.
The government will deploy more marechaussees (military police) because of the increasing terrorism threat, RTL Nieuws reports. This is according to a government letter that will appear today
The Dutch intelligence services AIVD and MIVD are not the whipping boys of the American intelligence community, in particular the NSA, states the Dutch Minister of Interior, Ronald Plasterk. The statement is a response to an accusation made by former NSA employee and US whistleblower Edward Snowden, who said Dutch intelligence services walk on an American leash and are "extremely docile."
Radicalization should be addressed in schools, State Secretary of Education Sander Dekker told Parliament Thursday. He made the declaration in his biennial safety monitoring report to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament.
The parliamentary influence of Partij voor de Vrijheid (PVV) has reached its low point since March 2014. Throughout the last year, only nine motions by PVV were accepted, just three percent of the motions submitted by the party, according to a Trouw newspaper analysis of data from parliament.
Opposition members of parliament say they are concerned with the current state of security measures in the Netherlands. They want the government to prevent attacks similar to those in and around Paris this week, and to raise the readiness of the security forces. The Anti-Islam PVV party says they even want to deploy the army as part of a plan to beef up domestic secur
The Ukrainian government did inform the Dutch government about the dangerous situation in the country's airspace before the shooting down of the flight MH17. The Dutch government however did not pass the information forward to the airlines, according to the government's response to parliamentary questions. MPs have asked for clarification on the issue.
The Kuzu - Öztürk group, a faction in the Dutch government, is demanding the government to pay for additional security for mosques in the Netherlands. 174 of 475 mosques in the Netherlands has been attacked by a vandal during the last 10 years.
Police in Amsterdam arrested a 20-year-old man after he threatened members of the Dutch parliament on Facebook. The threats were made in a discussion thread on the social network site about the shootings at the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, police say in a statement.
At least 574 people were treated for fireworks-related injuries in the Netherlands on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, according to safety firm VeiligheidNL. The organization says it is a sharp drop from last year's celebrations, when an additional 126 were hurt.
New legislation that would put a restrictive cap on the amount of cash bankers may collect in bonuses missed its proposed January 1 start date when last minute questions were asked by senators of coalition leader VVD. The law was previously lauded by coalition partner PvdA, the Dutch labour party, which has been at odds with the VVD after a health care bill failed to pass a Senate vote.
Despite three Labour Senators saying they are still not prepared to vote in favour of a new legislative action that would limit the rights of medical patients, the prospect of a solution is apparently in sight. The crisis began Tuesday night when the three senators voted against health care legislation supported by the coalition government.
Health Minister Edith Schippers told the ruling coalition that if the PvdA cannot come up with a solution to pass her health care bill in the Senate that she would be forced to resign, sources told the Volkskrant. The embattled minister's bill strips the requirement that insurers pay at least 75 percent of the cost for visiting an out-of-network medical specialist.
Experts tapped by the United Nations say the Netherlands violates the human rights of undocumented aliens. The United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) has urged the Dutch government to take measures before Christmas by providing asylum seekers living on the streets with food, clothing and shelter, often referred to in Dutch as "bed, bath and bread."
A plan to strip the requirement that health insurers reimburse a large portion of medical bills from out-of-network specialists was struck down by the Senate by a five-vote margin. The proposal from Health Minister Edith Schippers (VVD) mustered 33 votes, with three members of her party’s coalition partner, PvdA, defecting with “no” votes.
The Groningen provincial government has stated that it intends to press a case with the Council of State against the Dutch government if drastic measures are not implemented to reduce gas extraction in the province, the NRC reported Tuesday. The Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp, is expected to propose a five percent decrease in gas extraction during a stop in Groningen on Wednesday, which would cost the Netherlands about €500 million in annual revenue.