A new independent investigation into the fire at elderly home De Notenhout in Nijmegen that left 4 inhabitants dead in late February should take place as soon as possible, state political parties GroenLinks, United Senior Party (VSP) and Gewoon Nijmegen. Other Nijmegen council groups want to wait until the political debate about the existing reports blows over, but still want doubts and controversy surrounding the conclusions to be dealt with, newspaper De Gelderlander writes.
More than 16,000 people signed a petition against the exploration and extraction of gas close to the West Frisian island of Terschelling, the action group GasTvrij Terschelling announced on Sunday.
The VVD's plan to abolish the European asylum policy and close the Netherlands' boarders to refugees, has caused some strife with coalition partner PvdA. The PvdA knows about the plan, but is not willing to cooperate in its implementation, NOS reports. PvdA Parliamentarian Attje Kuiken called the plan "unrealistic and unacceptable".
All votes have been counted and the final results show that the VVD remains the largest party in the Netherlands with 15.8 percent of the Votes. The CDA came in close second with 14.7 percent. The party that suffered the most loss of support is the PvdA, which went from 17.3 percent in 2011 to only 10 percent. The D66 gained the most support - from 8.3 to 12.3 percent. The turnout for the election was 47 percent, compared to 56 percent four years ago.
The PvdA has been dethroned as the largest party in Amsterdam, losing almost half of its support in the city during yesterday's provincial elections. Amsterdam had been a stronghold for the PvdA since World War II, with the party only losing it's on the capital in last year's municipal elections.
With more than 97 percent of the votes counted last night, it seems very likely that the Cabinet will need the help of another party in the Eerste Kamer (Senate). The projected results of the Provincial Elections 2015 stand as follows:
The second exit poll from statistics firm Ipsos with broadcast partner NOS shows a slightly bigger drop in support for anti-Islam party PVV than predicted earlier. An estimated 49 percent of voters cast a ballot in the provincial election, which directly leads to the make-up of the Dutch senate, or Eerste Kamer.
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.
Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb (PvdA) and Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan (PvdA) are the most popular politicians in the Netherlands. Geert Wilders (PVV) is the received the least love and ended up on the bottom of the list as the least popular politician in the Netherlands.
The SP made the most progress in Maurice de Hond's latest poll, gaining three seats compared to the poll two weeks ago. The VVD also seems to have turned things around with two more seats than the previous poll.
GroenLinks wants the government to make the land along highways available for more windmills. According to the party, highways form logical lines for windmills to be placed and it will be "a big step towards more clean energy".
Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD) is not happy with the fact that some opposition parties are ignoring his call to work with the Cabinet after next week's provincial elections, Trouw reports.
GroenLinks will not be part of a "prop-up construction" should the Cabinet need more parties for a majority in the Eerste Kamer, the Senate, after next week's provincial elections, NRC reports.
The PvdA may lose half of its support from teachers who are members of the AOb union in the Provincial Election on March 18th.This is according to a survey the union did among more than 5,800 of its members.
The arrival of the new mosque in Gouda Noord now hinges on the decision of opposition party ChristenUnie's decision next week. The VVD and SGP have already decided to vote against the plans, Omroep West reports.
The VVD wants to consult with other countries to change existing international treaties so that terrorists' can lose their Dutch citizenships, even if this would mean that the terrorist will then not be a citizen of any country ("stateless"), NRC reports.
The health care reform drops people into trouble, is the conclusion GroenLinks Parliamenterian Corinne Ellemeet drew from a survey by TNS Nipo.
Further changes to the new healthcare law proposal by Dutch health minister Edith Schippers (VVD) drew doubts and opposition after Parliament heard the amended plan on Wednesday.
A discount on the excess for people who go to a healthcare provider that has a contract with their insurer is one of the measures that Minister Edith Schippers (Public Health, Welfare and Sport) is preparing for her healthcare law, RTL reported last night.
GroenLinks thinks that the gas price should increase, RTL Nieuws reports. According to the party, that is the only way to compensate for the cost of reducing the gas production.
A majority of the Senate wants clarification from State Secretary Fred Teeven (Security and Justice) about the cuts he wants to make to the legal aid budget. With these cuts Teeven ignores the wishes of the Senate, who rejected the 85 million euro cut last month.
Telecom company KPN saw a decline in profits in 2014. Last year the group made 239 million euros in profit, 18 percent less than the previous year, KPN announced on Wednesday. The turnover fell by 4.6 percent to 8 billion euros. The company also announced some changes in its supervisory boar
Parents should maintain the right to advise childcare facilities on pricing, political parties PvdA, CDA and D66 said during a debate session with Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher. The debate is about Asscher's new bill that aims to strengthen parents' position in child care.
Labour party PvdA leader Diederik Samsom accused anti-Islam PVV leader Geert Wilders of being as manipulative as terrorists in parliamentary debate Wednesday night. Samsom said that Wilders “does precisely the same as what the terrorists do: spread hatred, fear and division.”