A group of 40 large Ducth companies called on the next Dutch government to to lay long-term goals of the Climate Agreement down in law. This is the only way to curb global warming, the companies wrote in a letter in the Volkskrant on Wednesday.
PvdA leader Diederik Samsom wants his party to merge with GroenLinks after the upcoming elections. "Then you can be the biggest in one go", he said in response to a plea from GroenLinks leader Jesse Klaver that the left-wing parties in the Netherlands work together, the Volkskrant reports.
A majority of the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, supports a free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada (CETA)
Support for blackface makeup on Sinterklaas character Zwarte Piet is steadily declining, though the vast majority is still in favor of it. In Maurice d e Hond's latest political poll 21 percent of Dutch indicated that it is time for Zwarte Piet to change, compared to less than 10 percent three years ago.
Most Dutch parliamentarians support a plan to increase the maximum age for IVF treatments from 43 years to 50 years. Only the small Christian parties are still objecting, Trouw reports.
The maximum age for IVF treatment in the Netherlands is currently 43 years old. But according to Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health, doctors believe that IVF is possible up to the age of 50 without taking irresponsible medical risks. Fifty is also the age in the new doctor's guideline.
Former Dutch European Parliamentarian Joost Langendijk (GroenLinks) was arrested upon landing at Istanbul airport on Sunday and is currently on a flight back to Amsterdam. The Turkish authorities refused to allow him into his hometown of Istanbul, the Volkskrant reports after a telephone conversation with Langendijk.
During the first day of the Budget Debate in Dutch parliament, party leaders focused more on each other than on the Budget and the government's plans for next year. The looming elections played a large roll in the debate
Leaders of the opposition parties in the Netherlands reacted critically to both the National Budget for next year and the King's Budget Day speech. In the General Debate in parliament on Tuesday, the party leaders called it "bragging" and a "good news show"
GroenLinks wants 330 million euros extra to invest in fighting poverty among kids, and thereby preventing radicalization, according to the counter-budget the party is presenting on Wednesday. Party leader Jesse Klaver believes that more youth- and community work can go a long way in preventing kids from becoming isolated and radicalized
The PvdA and GroenLinks are presenting a legislative proposal to the Council of State on Monday which would give child asylum seekers quicker access to residency permits, PvdA parliamentarian Attje Kuiken and GroenLinks MP Linda Voortman said in the Volkskrant.
Zaanstad Mayor Geke Faber survived a vote of no confidence during a debate on Thursday night about the unrest in the Zaandam neighborhood Poelenburg, The vast majority of the city council voted against deposing Faber, only DZ and POV voted in favor
Opposition parties D66, SP, ChristenUnie and GroenLinks are calling on the government to take in 750 unaccompanied refugee children as soon as possible
Oil companies Shell and Exxon apologized for the suffering of Groningen residents as a result of gas extraction earthquakes in the province. The apologies were made in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, at the insistence of GroenLinks parliamentarian Liesbeth van Tongeren
Reports that the nuclear reactor in Petten's safety is not up to standard has Dutch parliamentarians concerned. The PvdA, D66, GroenLinks and SP all want responsible Ministers Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs and Melanie Schultz van Haegen of Infrastructure and environment to order an investigation
DENK parliamentarian Tunahan Kuzu refused to shake the outstretched hand of visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday. The former PvdA politician disagrees with the Israeli treatment of Palestinians in the region
GroenLinks will focus on an ambitious climate policy, stopping tax evasion by large multinationals and getting rid of the existing inequality in the Netherlands, party leader Jesse Klaver promised in his party's election campaign presented in a packed Melkweg in Amsterdam on Tuesday night, NRC reports.
GroenLinks wants to get rid of healthcare deductibles, according to the party's election campaign. "Being sick is not deductible", the campaign, which will be fully revealed on Tuesday, reads according to RTL Nieuws.
GroenLinks city councilor in Gorinchem Ilhan Tekir was put out of the faction for expressing support for the AK Party and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the media. "Support for the AK Party is diametrically opposed to the views of GroenLinks", national party chairman Marjolein Meijer said in a statement on Thursday
A number of Amsterdam politicians are concerned about polarization and aggression in the city council and the council's seeming inability to reach a consensus. Alderman Eric van der Burg was the first to express his concerns to Het Parool, and numerous others now added their voices
A massive 60 percent of Dutch voters think it is time for a new Prime Minister, according to the weekly poll by Maurice de Hond. Only 31 percent think Mark Rutte should be Prime Minister again following the elections in March next year.
Former GroenLinks chairman Femke Halsema pulled the plug on her Twitter account. With her last tweet on Wednesday, she informed her over 318 thousand followers that she will no longer be tweeting. "I check it too often, it sucks and takes more energy than it gives: dismal and often downright evil."
Dutch parliamentarians reacted shocked and horrified to the attack in Nice, France on Thursday that left at least 84 people dead and hundreds injured. The first of the victims have been identified. So far none of the victims are Dutch and no Dutch have been reported missing
326 protesting Feyenoord fans suffered an "unlawful infringement on their fundamental rights" when they were arrested on February 21st, National Ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen and Rotterdam Ombudsman Anne Mieke Zwaneveld conclude in their report on the mass arrests titled No Winners
The opening of a Weapon Sales Fair in the Rai in Amsterdam on Wednesday will be met by protests from action group Stop Wapenhandel (Stop Arms Trade in English). The fair runs from June 21st to 23rd