Minister Timmermans from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the country's favorite Cabinet Minister. A poll from Maurice de Hond on Sunday shows that the PvdA-politician gets a 6.1, passing his party-cohort from Finance Jeroen Dijsselbloem.
The Netherlands and Australia feel the same sorrow with regards to the MH17 tragedy,” Prime Minister Mark Rutte told his Australian counterpart Tony Abbot yesterday. “Even though our countries are thousands of kilometers apart, we are joined in mourning.”
A collection of a high-up political officials including the prime minister and finance minister make frequent use of the Dutch royal family's government-owned aircraft following a ban on politicians' use of private jets. Ministers and State Secretaries have used the flight, a Fokker 70 designated as PH-KBX, twice as often as members of the royal family, according to a report in AD.
Dr. Shimon Samuels of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Paris has expressed his shock that the mayor of The Hague, Jozias van Aartsen, has allowed two anti-Jewish demonstrations to take place undeterred on his watch.
A Russian paper is seemingly standing apart from the local media in their firm stance behind President Putin by offering The Netherlands a direct apology for the MH17 plane crash disaster.
Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte will send forty members of the Marechaussee military police to the Ukraine to help search for victims’ remains and assist in evidence collection. He told a press conference Thursday evening that they will not be armed.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte met with the Council of Ministers at his residence Wednesday night to discuss the next steps in the Dutch response to the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight 17. The flight originated in Amsterdam and was struck by a missile while flying over east Ukraine on July 17.
Two military transport planes carrying fifty wooden coffins landed without incident at Eindhoven Airport. The coffins contained the remains of passengers who had been on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which fell from the sky over eastern Ukraine after it was struck with a missile.
The international team of forensic investigators are going to be able to reach the crash site of the fated Malaysia Airlines MH17 tragedy this morning, three days after the event.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a statement that Russian President Vladimir Putin “has one last chance to show he means to help,” after an “intense” phone conversation he had with Russia’s leader about the lack of access to the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site. Nearly two-thirds of the 298 people on the plane which crashed in eastern Ukraine had Dutch citizenship.
In a phone call with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, President Vladimir Putin has offered his condolences and called for a "thorough and unbiased" investigation into the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 in the Ukraine near the Russian border, according to a statement from the Kremlin.
At least 189 Dutch nationals including a Senator were amongst the 298 people onboard Malaysia Airlines flight 17 when it was apparently shot down over Ukrainian airspace near the Russian border. The airline says that four of the passengers' nationalities have not yet been determined.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte spoke with American President Barack Obama about the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash in Ukraine on Thursday night.
Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte released a statement Thursday evening expressing his dismay over the crash in Eastern Ukraine of a flight from Amsterdam to Malaysia. The country's top security official noted that those onboard the plane are of many nationalities.
The EU summit's inability to fill top function positions is not a disaster, according to Prime Minister Mark Rutte. He tells the NOS that there is no wasted time, and expects there will be more progress in August.
Political leaders from the Netherlands, Germany, UK and Sweden met in Stockholm today to discuss reforms in European politics. It is likely that the succession of the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, was also discussed.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte refused to receive a visiting parliamentary delegation from St. Maarten on Wednesday, if its independent Member (MP) Patrick Illidge would be present.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte is being attacked by opposition party Members of Parliament over his issuance of a formal statement about what the Dutch representatives in European government should prioritize. Rutte, a member of the VVD conservative party, made comments directly opposed by the agenda of his government coalition partner, the leftist PvdA.
The Mayor of Amstelveen, Fred de Graaf, has ruffled a few feathers after a YouTube clip appeared in which he seems to be touching the butt of Queen Máxima during a tour of the city.
The cabinet, the coalition and the three opposition fractions agreed Monday on "the contours" of an extra contribution for care.
The Dutch Minister for Housing, Stef Blok (VVD) has proposed a bill to the ministers council on Friday in which he wants there to be a temporary leasing scheme for starter families.
At his weekly press conference, Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD) continued his criticism of PVV leader Geert Wilders over Wilders' calls to reduce the Moroccan population in the Hague. Rutte told reporters that, "A boundary has been crossed," and the government will not cooperate with the PVV unless Wilders apologizes for his remarks.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD) has once more distanced himself even further from PVV-leader Geert Wilders' anti-Moroccan comments this week, as he approached the NOS for an interview in which he puts some worries of the Moroccan community at ease.
The House of Parliament should not ignore Geert Wilders, but should debate with him, Alexander Pechtold has said. The D66 leader thinks that ignoring the PVV also ignores the voters, when a debate with them is more important, he writes in an opinion piece for de Volkskrant.