The Netherlands government announced that Prime Minister Mark Rutte will officially visit China in November.
After ten days of negotiations, the government and D66, SGP and ChristenUnie have reached an agreement on the budget for 2014. What did they agree upon and how does the Netherlands responds to the agreement?
Sigrid Kaag, a Dutch woman who at this moment works as assistant secretary general for the development program of the UN, is appointed to lead the disarmament mission of the UN in Syria.
The chemical weapons of Syria have to be destroyed. This was agreed by the US, Russia and Syria around half September.
The UN will cooperate in this mission with the OPWC, an organisation which is active with the forbidding of chemical weapons. OPWC is situated in The Hague.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte and PvdA leader Diederik Samsom are very optimistic that a solution, to get a majority in the Senate, will be found in a few days.
The negotiations, this time without GroenLinks, continued on Wednesday. In the afternoon it were the financial specialists of the negotiation partners who met with the minister of Finance. In the evening the group leaders, the Prime Minister and the Vice Prime Minister joined the negotiations.
Long negotiations on Tuesday did not lead to a bad scenario so far. D66 leader Alexander Pechtold was even optimistic after the last meeting which took place until midnight.
On Tuesday afternoon the financial experts of the four opposition parties and the coalition met with minister of Finance Jeroen Dijsselbloem. Later in the afternoon Lodewijk Asscher joined the meeting together with the experts of the House on social affairs. At 10 pm the Prime Minister and the leaders of the parties also joined the discussions.
The conflict with Russia, about the Russian diplomat who’s political immunity was violated, is world news. All around the world, media pay much attention to the incident.
Although the incident already happened on Sunday, the news came out on Monday when Russian media published the ‘attack’ of the Russian diplomat by the Dutch police. The Russian minister of Foreign Affairs and Russian president Vladimir Poetin gave serious comments on the incident and this fueled the attention to the case even more.
On Monday the negotiation between opposition and government started again after the weekend. At 10 pm crucial discussions started between Rutte, Dijselbloem and the group leaders of the House of D66, GroenLinks, SGP, ChristenUnie, PvdA and VVD.
On Monday afternoon Vice Prime Minister Asscher and minister of Finance Dijsselbloem first talked with all the financial specialists of the involved parties. The meeting started at 1.30 pm till 6 pm.
On Wednesday evening D66 was invited for a discussion with the Prime Minister, the Vice Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance. No details were mentioned by any of the negotiators.
After the one-on-one discussion between Minister of Finance Jeroen Dijsselbloem and the party leaders of the constructive opposition parties plus 50Plus, the minister sent a new proposal to each of them.
After the discussions the opposition parties were still negative, in the way that they thought that too little was proposed by the government.
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Prime Minister Rutte debated more than six hours today with the opposition about the plans for 2014. No final commitments were done, so what was achieved?
On Wednesday and Thursday the House will discuss the Dutch National Budget which was presented on Tuesday last week by the government. The opposition had a week to study and come up with alternatives.
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Prime Minister Mark Rutte counts on the Tuesday presented package of six billion in additional spending cuts being the last addition to the coalition agreement.
Voters continue to turn their backs on the Labour Party (PvdA). If elections for parliament were held now, the party would only get 11 seats, one less than the figure a week ago. This is evident from the poll results published on Sunday by Maurice de Hond.
According to de Hond, the PvdA has never scored so poorly in the polls.
In addition, the VVD coalition partner would lose a seat, according to the poll. The Liberals would now have 19 seats, the lowest number since 2010. In the House, VVD and PvdA have 41 and 38 seats, respectively.
Netherlands has disappeared from the top 5 most competitive economies. In the list of 148 countries in the World Economic Forum, our country has fallen from 5 to 8. The government policy is not successful, is the conclusion of the compilers.
The National Education Agreement is practically agreed upon, according to the chairman of CNV Education, Helen van den Berg on National Education Agreement, Thursday, after a consultation with Education Foundation chairman Jan van Zijl and the government. A few points are still under discussion, but the education parties expect to succeed together with the government on Monday.
Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem said the Netherlands will not make an effort to maintain its budget deficit within the European Union (EU) limits in 2014.
The death of Prince Friso on Monday has shocked many people around the world. Hundreds of cameramen gathered in front of the palace in The Hague where the Prince died. Dutch journalist and numerous foreign colleagues try to get a glimpse of anybody who goes in and out and many Dutch visit the palace to lay down some flowers.
Not only was the death of Friso prime news at the Dutch TV broadcasters, radio stations and newspapers, but also from the United States to Australia the death was broadcasted.
150 Dutch teenagers visited Westerbork, a detention and transit camp in Hooghalen in honor of the Holocaust victims and to fight anti-Semitism in academic institutions.
Caribbean parts of the kingdom who want to break the ties with the Netherlands, may leave immediately, according to Prime Minister Mark Rutte. The Prime Minister has said this during his visit to the islands, he let reporters of De Telegraaf and NRC Handelsblad know.
"If you call me tomorrow that you want out, then we'll arrange it immediately," said the Prime Minister against representatives of the islands. According Rutte they looked 'surprised' at him.
People need to think independently and then make a personal and conscientious consideration about vaccination. That said SGP leader Kees van der Staaij on Monday in the TV program Knevel and Van den Brink. About 60 percent of his followers are vaccinated, he estimated.
Van der Staaij is against forced vaccination. That gives unpleasant situations, he fears, and it works counterproductive. Moreover, 'it enters too deeply into the personal life’, says van der Staaij.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte began on Sunday with a visit to the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom. The aim of the visit is to strengthen mutual economic relations within the Kingdom. He is accompanied by a Dutch trade delegation.
The strategic position of the Dutch islands in the Caribbean can be used much better. Dutch companies want to cooperate with the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom to do business in the wider region, especially countries like Brazil, Colombia and Panama.
The government has to protect children from their parents when parents don’t want to let their children to be vaccinated to prevent diseases, like measles. That said VVD senator Heleen Dupuis on Saturday night in the TV program Nieuwsuur.
“Stop these kind of calls to citizens,” said VVD leader Halbe Zijlstra to Jeroen Dijsselbloem Minister of Finance and his ‘own’ VVD Prime Minister Mark Rutte today. In the Telegraaf he says he doesn’t agree with the request of the government and coalition partner PvdA, to let citizens use their money to stimulate the economy. Zijlstra starts with his criticism, a round of new negotiations between the coalition partners in order to fill in the extra 6 billion euro of cuts this autumn.