A total of 42 Dutch parliamentarians resigned since the previous election in 2012. That is the most of any cabinet since 1981, the Financieele Dagblad reports based on data from the Parliamentary Documentation Center of Leiden University. On average 35 parliamentarians resign during a typical four year term of government.
Controversial former VVD member Johan Houwers was re-sworn into the Tweede Kamer Wednesday. Houwers, who was found guilty of mortgage fraud in 2013, is taking the seat of VVD member Mark Verheijen after he stepped down over integrity issues, NU reports.
Former State Secretary of Security and Justice Fred Teeven (VVD) may be returning to parliament soon. Teeven, who resigned only last week, may soon be asked to take the place left vacant by Mark Verheijen's resignation late last month.
The SP made the most progress in Maurice de Hond's latest poll, gaining three seats compared to the poll two weeks ago. The VVD also seems to have turned things around with two more seats than the previous poll.
Minister Edith Schippers (Health, VVD) thinks that the scandals that have recently come to light around the VVD were kept back to come out just before the provincial elections on Wednesday, the Volkskrant reports.
The VVD is launching an internal investigation into the free election party organized by Mark Verheijen (VVD) on the tax-funded Floriade in 2012.
This week's poll by Maurice de Hond saw the VVD losing another seat, probably due to the integrity issues surrounding Mark Verheijen and Kathalijne de Kruif.
VVD parliamentarian Mark Verheijen has decided to resign from the Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament) following the results of the integrity commission's investigation into his declarations, the party announced on their website.
The VVD will start its election campaign under a dark cloud of integrity scandals. Investigations into two VVD parliamentarians threaten to overshadow everything else. The campaign starts tonight with Prime Minister Mark Rutte on TV at Jinek.
VVD Member of Parliament Mark Verheijen arranged a free election party for Prime Minister Mark Rutte in 2012 at the Floriade in Venlo. According to the AD, the VVD paid for nothing, despite the exhibition being highly dependent on such income.
Nearly half of the Dutch voters (48 percent) think that VVD parliamentarian Mark Verheijen should not return to the Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament), even if it turns out that he is not guilty of corruption. This is according to Maurice de Hond's weekly poll.
Yesterday the coalition parties seemed to have a different approach to the Greek issue. The PvdA is was willing to listen to Greece's alternative plans, while the VVD decided to take a harsher stance
Dutch journalist Frederike Geerdink was brought in for questioning by Turkey's terrorism police Tuesday to determine if she is spreading "propaganda for terrorist organization," she said on Twitter. Her house was searched by an eight person terrorism squad.
The VVD and CDA want clarification from the Cabinet on the surcharge for the European Commission this year. According to the British newspaper Financial Times, it is an amount of 642 million euro.
The Netherlands will not send heavy weapons or ground troops to Iraq's Kurdish fighters. In their fight against IS, the Kurdish troops will at most receive bulletproof vests or other light military material from The Netherlands, De Volkskrant reports.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte is irritated by the "huffing and puffing" of D66-leader Alexander Pechtold, who he says is shrinking the debate about the focus-points of the European Union to the "small politics" in The Hague, NU.nl reports.