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".
Journalist Harald Doornbos managed to get his hands on a genuine Syrian passport displaying a photo of Prime Minister Mark Rutte. All it took was one phone call and a 40 hour wait. "All you need is the telephone number of one of the many passport forgers and converted 750 euros."
The reactions on the Prinsjesdag throne speech and 2016 budget reveal are casting a shadow on the cabinet's optimism. The government's message on Tuesday was very positive - the Netherlands is doing better. But the Dutch newspapers are much more hesitant on Wednesday.
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".
Amnesty International placed hundreds of "welcome" doormats on the Plein in The Hague on Thursday morning in a call on the Dutch government to receive refugees with open arms. This was done in preparation for the parliamentary debate on Thursday.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte wants the Netherlands to return to the atmosphere of the Golden Age. According to him, there are many pillars on which the enterprising Netherlands can build on.
The third bailout package for Greece was approved by the lower house of parliament after a tense debate on Wednesday. A 90 seat majority, comprised of the VVD, PvdA, D66 and two members of the Group Kuzu/Ozturk decided that the government may say "yes" to the new 86 billion euro loan in Brussels.
The Tweede Kamer, lower house of Dutch parliament, is debating and voting on whether or not the Netherlands will give further financial aid to Greece this afternoon. So far the Coalition, VVD and PvdA, and the D66 have announced its support for further aid. The PVV and CDA will not back the proposal.
PVV leader Geert Wilders is threatening to bring the whole Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, back from recess with a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Mark Rutte if the Prime Minister decides to send another 5 billion euros to Greece. The PVV leader announced this on Twitter on Thursday.
To no one's surprise Russia vetoed the establishment of an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for the downing of flight MH17. The United Nations Security council voted on it in New York on Wednesday night. Both Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Bert Koenders are "deeply disappointed" with Russia's decision.
On Wednesday morning Prime Minister Mark Rutte once again spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin about the establishment of an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for the downing of flight MH17. The United Nations Security Council will be voting on the proposal for the tribunal on Wednesday night.
The new aid package for Greece has had a rather negative effect on support and confidence in Prime Minister Mark Rutte, according to the latest poll by Maurice de Hond.
The MH17 memorial in Nieuwegein started at 2:00 p.m. About 1,300 relatives and friends of the victims have gathered at the convention center to commemorate the disaster, which happened one year ago today.
Today exactly a year a go Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed down on eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers aboard. The people of the Ukraine will be memorializing the victims today.
The VVD will reserve judgement on the new about 80 billion euro aid package to Greece until the real bargaining agreement has been reached.
Russian President Vladimir Putin told Prime Minister Mark Rutte that establishing an international tribunal to bring those responsible for the MH17 disaster to justice, would be "counter productive". He said this during a telephone conversation with the Dutch Prime Minister on Thursday
A majority in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, wants the Dutch government to give a response to the International Monetary Fund's memo that states that Greece will need much more help than assumed. They want this response before the parliamentary debate on Greece with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem of Finance on Friday afternoon.
The European Union have reached an agreement on a rescue package for Greece. The financially troubled country has to implement substantial reforms, including pension reforms and tax measures, in exchange for between 82 and 86 billion euros from the European rescue fund ESM over the next three years.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte is hammering the Greek government to replace the reforms the country rejected with other measures. The European Union is currently still busy with a marathon Summit in Brussels on the Greek debt crisis. The European leaders are considering a compromise proposal on providing further support for the financially unstable country.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte expects that there may be major problems with Greece, but he is still hoping for a miracle. "The time has ticked away completely. The Greek government is playing for high stakes with the interests of its own people." the Prime Minister said on Tuesday after a special European Union Summit on the Greek debt crisis in Brussels, the Telegraaf reports.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte is not very optimistic about the European Union summit on the Greek debt crisis on Tuesday. During a parliamentary debate on the matter on Monday, the Prime Minister said that he does not want to hear any "rubbish stories" from the Greeks.
The Netherlands wants ask the United Nations to establish a tribunal to prosecute the suspects in the MH17 disaster. This proposal is supported by Malaysia, Belgium, Australia and the Ukraine.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte calls the riots in Schilderswijk, The Hague this week terrible. They should stop immediately. The Prime Minister finds it inconceivable that people are attacking the police and vandalizing property.
The tax reform deal may be in trouble. D66 leader Alexander Pechtold doesn't know whether his party has faith in the negotiations with the cabinet on the tax reform. The ChristenUnie, GroenLinks and SGP are still willing to negotiate, but without the D66, the coalition will not get a majority in the Senate.