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 National Platform Firearms (LPV), a collaboration to combat the illegal firearms trade, was quietly disbanded at the end of January. This is according to an investigation done by television program Brandpunt Reporter, which was broadcast last night.
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.
Minister Edith Schippers (Health, VVD) thinks that the scandals that have recently come to light around the VVD were kept back to come out just before the provincial elections on Wednesday, the Volkskrant reports.
The Justice official who tweeted that terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIS) is a "Zionist plot", can not be dismissed. Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher (Social Affairs) made premature remarks about the tweeting official and thereby "disturbed" the labor relations.
Within two days, an IT company hired by former Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten located a receipt documenting the payoff that his former deputy, Secretary Fred Teeven, made to a drug criminal. Opstelten had claimed the receipt was untraceable.
With only a week before the provincial elections, the coalition parties have lost their majority in the Eerste Kamer (Senate) in the latest poll. The VVD and PvdA along with the D66, ChristenUnie and SGP (constructive three) have a total of 33 seats, five to few for a majority.
An independent commission will investigate the deal that former State Secretary Fred Teeven of Security and Justice made with drug criminal Cees H. during his time as a prosecutor in 2001. The ChristenUnie proposed this investigation last night and the Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament) supported the proposal.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte called it a “loss for the government,” when opening the parliamentary discussion into the resignation of Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten and Secretary Fred Teeven. “We say goodbye to two hardworking, skilled and loyal colleagues,” he said, echoing sentiments he released to the press Tuesday night.
The leader of the D66, Alexander Pechtold, announced that his party is not considering joining the cabinet. He suggested that the cabinet must see for themselves whether they have sufficient support after the elections on March 18th, reports the RTL Nieuws broadcaster.
The debate on the deal that (now former) State Secretary Fred Teeven (Security and Justice, VVD) made with drug criminal Cees H. will still happen this afternoon, despite the resignations of Teeven and Minister Ivo Opstelten (Security and Justice, VVD). The Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament) will now have the debate with Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD).
Parliamentarians in the Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament) understand Minister Ivo Opstelten and State Secretary Fred Teeven's (Security and Justice) decision to resign. The two handed in their resignations because of discrepancies in details given to the Tweede Kamer regarding a 4.7 million guilder payout to drug criminal Cees H. that Teeven approved during his time as prosecutor in 2001.
Minister Stef Blok (Housing and National Service) will be taking over the duties of the Ministry of Security and Justice until a new Justice Minister has been selected, the Koninklijk Huis announced
"I can do nothing else but respect that decision," Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD) said of the sudden resignations of both Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten (VVD) and Justice Secretary Fred Teeven (VVD). The two prominent officials stepped down over discrepancy in details given to parliament about a controversial 4.7-million guilder (2.1-million euro) payout Teeven approved as a settlement to criminal suspect Cees H. when Teeven was prosecutor in 2001.
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.
On Saturday police union ACP gave minister Ivo Opstelten (Security and Justice) time until yesterday Sunday 18:00 to come up with "convincing commitments" for new police collective bargaining agreements, NU reports. If this doesn't happen, the police will turn to collective actions.
State Secretary Fred Teeven and Minister Ivo Opstelten (Security and Justice) are in trouble in the Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament) again over the deal Teeven made with drug criminal Cees H. in 2000.
The opposition in the Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament) this morning demanded clarification on allegations that the General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD) is hindering the investigation into the cause of the MH17 disaster, De Telegraaf reports.
One in seven people who participate in BDSM, a variety of erotic practices involving roleplaying, bondage, dominance and submission and other interpersonal dynamics, have had to visit the doctor afterwards for injuries sustained.
The cabinet wants to give the police and fire department more power to deploy drones for assistance, detection and maintenance of public order from July 1st.
Matters relating to criminality in the Dutch Caribbean islands of Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten will be on the agenda of Parliament next month.
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 D66 wants to legalize cannabis farming. Member of Parliament Magda Brendsen is presenting a legislative proposal today which will allow pot farmers to get an exemption to grow cannabis under strict conditions.
The Eerste Kamer (Senate) wants the Netherlands to make a financial contribution to repair the damage done to the Barcaccia fountain in Rome by rioting Feyenoord supporters, NOS reports. The Cabinet has pledged support to private initiatives launched for this matter, but Minister Bert Koenders (Foreign Affairs) and Minister Ivo Opstelten (Security and Justice) did not explicitly discuss compensation.