PVV leader Geert Wilders eventually did manage to have his say about refugees in the Netherlands during the general budget debate in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, on Wednesday. According to him, the Netherlands is turning into one big asylum center.
Today the leaders of factions in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, is debating the 2016 budget which was presented at Prinsjesdag on Tuesday. As can be expected, the opposition parties have a lot to say about the budget, many focusing on the asylum plan.
More than a thousand people gathered in Amsterdam on Sunday to demonstrate for a more generous European policy. The demonstration started early in the afternoon on Dam square, followed by a march through the city.
PVV leader Geert Wilders' anti-refugee, anti-Islam comments have caused many ruffled feathers in the refugee debate in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, on Thursday.
The majority of the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, wants Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs and Employment to submit proposals for a substantial increase in the minimum wage for young people in the short term.
The PvdA is considering submitting a proposal the reduce the maximum speed limit of 130 kilometers per hour on highways in an effort to reduce CO2 emissions.
GroenLinks wants to give artists from outside the European Union a special visa so that they will settle in Amsterdam. According to the party, many artists now go to settle in cities like Brussels or Berlin, which have special visas giving artists residency in the city, while the should feel at home in an international city like Amsterdam
The city of Nijmegen is receiving criticism for its plan to house about 100 young Eritrean refugees with a residency permit together in a former student residence in Lent.
Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs' plans to extract more gas from gas fields in the North Sea have the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, divided. The VVD and PVV support the plan, the PvdA and GroenLinks are solidly against it. Other parties are on the fence.
GroenLinks pulled out of the Breda city council coalition on Wednesday night, thereby collapsing the coalition. The VVD faction in the city is now looking for other elected parties to form a new coalition
The bulk of the money saved by abolishing the basic study grant and introducing the loan system for students, will be used to hire more lecturers at universities and colleges. This would reduce the class sizes and give students a more personal, one on one experience.
GroenLinks wants to give each high school student in Rotterdam a free bicycle. This is one of 25 measures the party has in its "Bicycle Strategy for Rotterdam", with which GroenLinks wants to make the city the bicycle capital of the Netherlands.
The negotiations on the cabinet's tax plan have fallen apart due to too large differences between the political parties' views.
The tax reform deal may be in trouble. D66 leader Alexander Pechtold doesn't know whether his party has faith in the negotiations with the cabinet on the tax reform. The ChristenUnie, GroenLinks and SGP are still willing to negotiate, but without the D66, the coalition will not get a majority in the Senate.
GroenLinks is against the part of the Cabinet's tax reform plan that would increase the value added tax from 6 percent to 21 percent. This means that the plan may not get the necessary support in the Senate.
After a week of speculation, the Dutch cabinet has reached an agreement to a package of reforms for the country’s tax system. The governing coalition, consisting of the right wing VVD and left wing PvdA (Labour) parties, has negotiated the deal almost entirely in secret, and will hear from a handful of opposition parties behind closed doors only, Labour leader Diederik Samsom said on Monday.
According to Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb, everyone should be searched during preventive frisk-actions, including grannies.
PvdA State Secretary Martin van Rijn managed to survive another parliamentary debate on the issues surrounding the healthcare personal budgets and he is now motivated to get the problems sorted out. Van Rijn promised to give personal budget payouts the priority as long s the system is not functioning properly, adding that the problems will likely continue until next year.
The PvdA has reached an all-time low in Maurice de Hond's latest poll. If an election was to be held today, the PvdA would only have 9 seats, with only 6 percent of Dutch voters voting for the Labour party. Only 20 percent of the people who voted for the PvdA in 2012 would still vote for the party today.
GroenLinks leader Bram van Ojik resigned his roles as both leader of leftist party GroenLinks and his position as a Member of Parliament. He announced the decision in a letter to his fellow party members on Tuesday.
Dutch-trained police officers are fighting against the Taliban along with the Afghanistan army in Kunduz. This is despite the explicit agreement that the Dutch-trained officers would not take part in offensive combat operations.
On Thursday the fire department and the police will be pleading for a fireworks ban in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament.
A number of cities and towns in the Netherlands foresee major practical problems in the implementation of the coalition's new plan for failed asylum seekers.
Kamer president Anouchka van Miltenburg did not discuss the allegations that parliamentarian Linda Voortman had leaked information about the appointment of the National Ombudsman with the Tweede Kamer management before she charged her.