The PvdA wants State Secretary Fred Teeven of Security and Justice to consult with municipalities on the shelter for asylum seekers and other undocumented immigrants. The coalition party feels that a temporary form of shelter is desirable, but did not give a possible solution.
GroenLinks wants to set up an emergency fund for people in danger of losing necessary care due to the impending changes in long-term care.
Amsterdam, like Utrecht, Heerlen and Eindhoven, plans to experiment with regulated cannabis cultivation. No less than five parties in the Amsterdam city council want a selected grower to produce weed.
The first budget of the city management of D66, VVD and SP was adopted by the Amsterdam city council last night.
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 statue of Nelson Mandela, made for the opening of Nelson Mandelapark on October 24th, has been burnt down.
The SP, PvdA, Groenlinks, the unions and other social organizations should come up with a propsal together to tax wealth more and to ensure that those on lower incomes go up
On October 31st one hundred men, including Amsterdam councilors and other prominent Dutchmen, will shave their beards in a makeshift shaving salon on Frederiksplein for Movember.
"Already high costs and lack of openness ... make the king unnecessarily vulnerable," D66 leader Alexander Pechtold writes referring to the 127 million euro palace renovations. He calls this "exorbitantly high".
Politicians are favoring a harder line, and being stricter on the rules of bonuses for banks. In a Parliament meeting about the cabinet plan to tackle banker bonuses, ruling party, the PvdA, will demand an increase in fines for banks and insurers who dismiss the bonus ban, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
In Utrecht, state secretary for Security and Justice Fred Teeven has upset Mayor Jan van Zanen by executing a 'power-play', removing an asylum seeker from a center without consulting the Mayor, which is the agreement, RTV Utrecht reports.
Politicians from the Dutch provinces Brabant and Zeeland are concerned about the sabotage on Belgian nuclear reactor Doel 4, as the nuclear power plant is located near the Dutch border.
The build of a controversial Russian oil terminal in the Rotterdam port is getting the go-ahead from the Rotterdam city government, despite criticism from the Cabinet and in the Rotterdam City Council about the bad timing with the Russian trade war, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
Harbor bosses in Rotterdam's port are worried about the effect that the trade war against Russia will have on Dutch business. The Russian Shtandart oil terminal deal in the Rotterdam harbor is at the brink of collapse, which the harbor managers say is bad news for the city.
State Secretary Wilma Mansveld of Infrastructure and Environment has been asked to clarify the millions of euros that transport companies seem to have made out of travelers who forget to check out with their OV chip cards. GroenLinks has asked Mansveld to detail in writing the figures from a research bureau, who reported €23 million in gains for the companies.
Today, the Cabinet made the official move to stop the controversial planning for a 'super province'. The fusion of the provinces North-Holland, Utrecht and Flevoland already divided Cabinet parties. Thursday's talks on the issue ran to a dead end.
The fusion of the provinces North-Holland, Utrecht and Flevoland into one big super province, Noordvleugel, is losing speed every day, according to sources of De Volkskrant. The Cabinet will likely scrap the idea entirely at the end of the week, as political opinions on this topic are not flexible.
After the Dutch municipal elections of March 19, negotiations for the new city government coalitions are ongoing in five local councils. Cities that are still working on an agreement are Amsterdam and Den Haag, and smaller towns Den Helder and Blaricum in Noord Holland, and Zutphen, Gelderland.
Women are gaining ground in the male-dominated political playing field in the Netherlands. Of all municipal council members who were elected in March, 28.3 percent are women, according to ProDemos, who published the figures in a report on Thursday.
The SP and GroenLinks are very dubious about State Secretary for Security and Justice, Fred Teeven's humanity in the implementation of the asylum policy. The parties want an independent investigation to be conducted into the suicide of an Armenian asylum seeker in April. For this, they want to submit a motion next week.
The parties negotiating the loan scheme for students have agreed that students may keep using public transport for free, according to sources in The Hague. This counts for university as well as college students doing vocational studies, the Volkskrant reports.
The Cabinet is going to pull out €200 to €300 million for a deal between GroenLinks and D66 with a loan system for students. The two opposition parties are demanding that amount to compensate poorer families for the loss of their study grant. The Cabinet hopes to finalize the deal this week.
The D66 received the most votes in the European elections, but the CDA won the most seats. The votes were close, but the D66 won with 15.4 percent, four seats, against 15 percent for CDA, five seats. This difference is explained by the CDA partnering up with ChristenUnie/SGP.
The D66, VVD, SP and GroenLinks are going to see whether they can form a coalition for the Amsterdam municipal council. This was advised by Roger van Boxtel (D66) and Arjan Vliegenthart (SP), who were appointed as advisors last week,