Mark Rutte

CDA, VVD and ChristenUnie campaign banners in Ermelo, 22 March 2018
Mar 22 '18 08:08

With 97 percent of votes counted, it is clear that local parties received the most votes in the municipal elections on Wednesday. The VVD and CDA are neck-on-neck to become the biggest national party, with the liberals leading by a hair, according to ANP's election service.

The results for 7,500 council seats are known so far, NU.nl reports. 55 percent of voters voted in the municipal election, a slightly higher turnout compared to 54 percent in the previous municipal elections four years ago. 

Dutch amphibious soldiers of NLMARSOF surfacing in hostile territory
Mar 20 '18 10:30

Dutch marines are leaving the corps in large numbers out of dissatisfaction about their barracks relocating from Doorn to Vlissingen in 2022. In the first quarter of this year, 73 marines left he corps - three times as many as in previous years, ANP reports.

The marines are worried that their partners won't be able to find work in Vlissingen, and if they bought a house there, they won't be able to sell it again. Other complaints include that the new location has too few gun ranges, and that they will not be able to practice enough due to noise problems. 

Geert Wilders
Mar 19 '18 13:50

Geert Wilders and the PVV sparked outrage and anger from politicians and various organizations with an anti-Islam campaign video broadcast on NPO on Thursday. A number of politicians and organizations announced that they will be pressing charges of incitement to hatred and violence against the PVV leader as well as the broadcaster. 

Mark Rutte
Mar 16 '18 16:20

Prime Minister Mark Rutte is not available to succeed Donald Tusk when his term as EU president ends next year, the Prime Minister said on Friday, NOS reports

On Friday morning Rutte's VVD colleague Frits Bolkestein said to the Volkskrant that Rutte would do well to succeed Tusk. According to the former European Commissioner, it is in the interests of the Netherlands for Rutte to accept this "crucial function" in the European Union. He also said that Rutte as "binding figure" has the capacity to fill this difficult role

Jesse Klaver
Mar 12 '18 09:05

GroenLinks wants to block a  with a legislative amendment. Party leader Jesse Klaver hopes to pass this law through parliament and the Senate as quickly as possible, so that it can be submitted to the Council of State for urgent advice this week. ING shareholders will discuss the proposed increase on April 23rd, ANP reports. 

rutte and wilders
Mar 8 '18 16:20

Chief Public Prosecutor Bart Nieuwenhuizen calls on politicians to stop pressing charges against one another in order to get attention. These "fake, tampering and show declarations" cost the judiciary a lot of time, he wrote in his column on Omroep West.

Hairdresser
Mar 8 '18 15:00

PvdA parliamentarian Kirsten van den Hul wants hairdressers and beauticians to help identify domestic violence. Employees in these industries must learn how to identify and deal with signs of domestic abuse as part of her training, Van den Hul, herself a victim of domestic violence, said in a proposal she will present to Prime Minister on Thursday - International Women's Day, AD reports.

Sigrid Kaag
Mar 8 '18 12:10

Minister Sigrid Kaag of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation will be leading a meeting of the United Nations Security Council in New York on Thursday. Prime Minister Mark Rutte will lead a meeting on March 28th.

Thursday is also International Women's Day. In this context, the Netherlands called on the 14 members of the Security Council to include as many female colleagues as possible in their delegations today, the Telegraaf reports. The Netherlands is the president of the Security Council, the UN's most important body, for the entire month of March.

Mark Rutte
Mar 2 '18 15:28

Unlike French President Emmanuel Macron, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte doesn't want to push forward with integration in the EU. The EU is not an "unstoppable train speeding towards federalism", he said in a speech on his vision for the future of the EU in Berlin on Friday. He demanded that the Union works more for its Member States, instead of the other way around, the Financial Times reports.

Mark Rutte
Feb 22 '18 16:40

Prime Minister Mark Rutte wants more clarity from the British government about the course they plan to take now that they're leaving the European Union, he said after his visit with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday.

rutte and wilders
Feb 19 '18 09:38

Working with anti-Islam party PVV in his first cabinet was the biggest mistake Prime Minister Mark Rutte made in his career, Rutte said on television program WNL on Sunday.

Rutte added that he isn't saying he never should have done that "experiment", according to RTL Nieuws. "If the party is willing, with 24 seats, to become part of the power, then you have to try it", the Prime Minister said. According to him, things went well for 18 months "until it became stressful", and PVV leader Geert Wilders refused to take any responsibility. 

rutte and wilders
Feb 15 '18 12:40

The Public Prosecutor dropped the charges PVV leader Geert , the Prosecutor announced on Thursday. Wilders accused Rutte of discriminating against the Dutch people by giving asylum seekers, among others, more benefits than the Dutch.

Ruud Lubbers
Feb 15 '18 07:57

Former Dutch Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers . He was in poor health for some time, a spokesperson for the 78-year-old CDA politician said. While other politicians knew that Lubbers was not doing well, they are still shocked by his death.

Mark Rutte
Feb 14 '18 07:50

Prime Minister Mark Rutte "underestimated" the impact Halbe Zijlstra's lie about being at a meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin would have, he said in a parliamentary debate following the Foreign Affairs Minister's resignation on Tuesday. He understands , Rutte added, RTL Nieuws reports.

Halbe Zijlstra (Source: Wikimedia/Marjon Zijlstra Fotografie)
Feb 13 '18 17:44

Dutch foreign affairs minister Halbe Zijlstra is leaving his role in the Prime Minister Mark Rutte's cabinet following the with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Sven Kramer
Feb 12 '18 11:50

Dutch skater Sven Kramer won gold in the 5 thousand meter track skating at the Winter Olympics in Gangneung on Sunday. Not only did he finish in a record time of 6,09.76, but this is also his third consecutive Olympic medal for the 5 thousand meters. With that Kramer goes down in history as the first ever man to win the same Olympic skating event three times in a row, NOS reports.

Mark Rutte
Feb 8 '18 17:20

Deputy Prime Minister Kasja Ollongren did not cross a line in her statements about new nationalist party FvD, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a letter to the Tweede Kamer on Thursday, AD reports.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima
Feb 7 '18 10:47

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima are dropping in for tea with Chinese president Xi Jinping in Beijing on Wednesday on their way to the opening of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Prime Minister Mark Rutte will lead an official visit to China in April, sources told the Telegraaf on Wednesday.

The Dutch King will spend only one day in China before traveling to South Korea for the Olympic Winter Games, NOS reports. Queen Maxima still has some appointments in China on Thursday. 

Rijksuniversiteit_Groningen,_Hauptgebäude
Feb 2 '18 17:00

The Dutch cabinet appears poised to cut the cost to attend universities by half in a bid to make higher education more affordable for the first year of study. If approved tuition for public universities and hogeschools, or applied sciences universities, will fall to €1,030 for the freshman year starting in September.

Those wanting to become teachers can get the discounted price for two years, which the government hopes will address the current teacher shortage in the Netherlands.

Mark Rutte
Feb 2 '18 08:38

Today is the Rutte III government's 100th day in office. Yet many of the ministers in the government are still just as unknown to the Dutch public as when they took office, according to a study by Kantar Public, BNR reports.

The most anonymous members of the Rutte III government are Ingrid van Engelshoven, Minister of Education, Culture and Science, and Minister Bruno Bruins for Medical Care and Sports. Only 7 percent of respondents knew who they are. Hugo de Jonge, Minster of Public Health, Welfare and Sports, did slightly better with 12 percent of respondents knowing who he is.

Flowers left at the Spiegelmonument in Amsterdam during the Holocaust commemoration, 28 Jan 2018
Jan 29 '18 10:14

The Holocaust was commemorated in Amsterdam on Sunday with a silent march, a ceremony and the laying of wreaths in Wertheimpark. During the ceremony, several speakers raised concerns about increasing anti-Semitism in the Netherlands and the world, NOS reports.

Mark Rutte
Jan 26 '18 14:50

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte thinks that a "step-by-step" approach should be used when it comes to counteracting American president Donald Trump's efforts to reshape international order. And that starts with impressing on him the necessity of international order, he said to Bloomberg at the World Economic Forum in Davos.  

Jan 24 '18 13:40

After having to replace Géza Hegedüs as PVV faction leader in Rotterdam, the anti-Islam party now dropped two other names from its municipal elections candidate lists. Prospective city councilor Marie-Louise Kelderman was dropped from the candidate list in Rucphen. And Mohamed Shaief Aziem disappeared from the candidate list for The Hague.

Queen Maxima
Jan 23 '18 10:38

Queen Maxima and Prime Minister Mark Rutte will head the Dutch delegation to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The theme for this 48th edition of the WEF, taking place from Tuesday to Thursday, is 'Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World'.

Other cabinet members taking part in the forum are Minister Halbe Zijlstra of Foreign Affairs, Minister Sigrid Kaag of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Minister Wopke Hoekstra of Finance, and Minister Bruno Bruins of Medical Care and Sport.

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