The debts of individuals must be bought on a large scale by a national investment fund.
PvdA alderman, Pieter Hilhorst, leaves the Amsterdam City council with mixed emotions. Hilhorst is mainly disappointed in himself.
PvdA-leader Hamit Karakus stepped down from his position in Rotterdam on Monday due to the heavy blows the party had to take during the municipal council elections. The party dropped from 14 to eight seats.
The political career of Pieter Hilhorst has come to an end after only a year-and-a-half. At the end of 2012, he became alderman for the PvdA in Amsterdam, without any political experience. He resigned on Thursday.
Amsterdam alderman Pieter Hilhorst (Finances) came under fire at the municipal council on Thursday because of his lack of clarity on how a new university in Amsterdam will be paid for by the board of directors.
The round-up of some of this week's most noteworthy events and news stories features the debate around switching off freeway lights, the Netherlands having the fastest internet in Europe, three Dutch arrested in UAE for espionage, the Dutch army using by NSA encrypted phones, 1,200 kg heroin discovered in tomato paste, police hunting a missing man, Polare bookstores closing because of money problems, and an Amsterdam alderman who got beat protecting women on a tram.
Politician Pieter Hilhorst received a blow to the head on saturday afternoon when he tried to protect two women from racist remarks, he reports on Twitter.
It was a first for the Amsterdam alderman for Finance, Pieter Hilhorst (PvdA), to be confronted with his past as a columnist in the City Council. 'He should not ask questions as if he is still a columnist, he needs to give answers,' scolded CDA-council member Lex van Drooge.