The parliamentary debate on asylum seekers in the Netherlands once again fell into chaos Wednesday afternoon. Party leaders flung insults back and forth, with PVV leader Geert Wilders simultaneously on the attack and receiving end of most remarks. It devolved to the point where Tweede Kamer president Anouchka van Miltenburg had to tell her colleagues not to curse each other out.
The total number of refugees seeking asylum in the Netherlands this year is expected to reach between 50 thousand and 60 thousand. Over the past few weeks, the number of asylum applications fluctuated between 2,400 and 4,200 per week.
The Dutch population has more trusts in almost everyone than in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament. The only institution to score lower on the trust scale than parliament, is the mass media
Municipalities should have the capability to deny house seekers with a history of crime, causing serious disturbances or recruiting for extremist organizations access from certain rental housing in areas with livability problems.
The whole Binnenhof will be closing for 5.5 years from 2020 for thorough renovations. The alternative plan of a phased renovation, that would take 13 years and be much more expensive, disappeared from the table over the past few weeks.
After antagonizing most of the faction leaders during the general budget debate on Wednesday, PVV leader Geert Wilders has now turned his attentions to Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Wilders and Rutte spoke some harsh words in their clash over the refugee crisis, with Wilders telling Rutte that "he's only Prime Minister on paper", and Rutte accusing Wilders of "illusion politics".
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.
The general debate in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, on Wednesday started with a heated argument between SP leader Emile Roemer and PVV leader Geert Wilders. Wilders tried to postpone the debate and talk about the refugees instead, once again throwing around words like "asylum tsunami".
The Netherlands is emerging from the crisis stronger. Things are going better than expected, but still not good enough, according to Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem while presenting the Budget Memorandum to the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament. As per tradition, Dijsselbloem presented the Budget in the same briefcase his predecessor Lieftinck used to present the budget in 1946 after World War II. Dijsselbloem called the briefcase "a small symbol of recovery".
Prime minister Mark Rutte says he simply see’s no value in conducting a criminal investigation into the recent leaked confidential budget information for Prinjesdag. According to the Prime Minister, such an investigation would be "as expensive as it would be fruitless".
The rebuilding of Utrecht Central Station is costing significantly more than initially expected. So far the project is 53 million euros over budget.
Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice will stick to his plan surrounding the reorganization to the National Police, despite upset and concerns in the Tweede Kamer. He is convinced that the transformation will run better now that it has two extra years and and extra money to do so.
The Dutch government's plan to radically change the European asylum policy has gotten a chilly reception in the European Commission. VVD leader Halbe Zijlstra defended the plan in the parliamentary refugee debate with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Justice State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff on Thursday. The opposition parties in the Tweede Kamer are very critical.
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.
A narrow majority in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, has thrown its support behind the Netherlands extending its bombing attacks on Islamic States to also include Syria. At this stage the Netherlands is only participating in airstrikes against the terrorist organization in Iraq.
Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs is organization an expert meeting in October to find ways to counter discrimination on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.
All parties in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, are delighted that the government has earmarked more money for childcare. The government can therefore count on broad parliamentary support for the increased child care allowance.
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 plan to build an offshore windfarm in the North Sea will discourage tourists and day-visitors to Dutch beaches as it would ruin the view. It will also result in thousands of jobs being lost.
It seems that Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert misinformed the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, about protective measures taken in the 80's surrounding the use of the carcinogenic weapon cleaner PX-10
It seems unlikely that the smoking ban will be extended to also include terraces in the near future. Many political parties are either opposed to the idea, or find it premature to implement at this stage.
Coalition parties PvdA and VVD can not agree on how to address the growing demand for rental housing caused by the ever increasing number of refugees. They do, however, agree that Dutch residents should get priority when it comes to rental housing, and not refugees.
Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs has again not been able to reach an agreement with Morocco on adjusting the social security treaty, the treaty that regulates the payment of Dutch benefits to Dutch-Moroccans in Morocco. Ruling party VVD is now calling for the treaty to be terminated as soon as possible.
The reorganization of the National Police is 230 million euros over budget, bringing the total costs up to nearly half a billion euros.