The top of the coalition government met again around 21:30 on Wednesday night to discuss the reception of failed asylum seekers. This meeting happened after internal consultations in both the VVD and PvdA.
The Netherlands has breached the European Union rules on the reception of asylum seekers, such as access for food, clothing and shelter, for undocumented adults, the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) states. A Council of Europe human rights committee must now decide whether or not it will take action against the Netherlands based on the harshly critical ECSR report, unless conditions of asylum seekers quickly improve.
King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and Prime Minister Mark Rutte will attend the National Remembrance in Amsterdam on Monday, May 4th. Prime Minister Rutte will also be present at the Liberation Day festival in Vlissingen on Tuesday, May 5th. There he will light the liberation fire as the start of the National Celebration of Liberation, which happens once every 5 years.
The ABN Amro spin-off unto the public market might happen this year after all as the government continues working to list the bank back on the stock market, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in his weekly press conference after the Cabinet meeting. He says he still has confidence in the leadership of ABN Amro even after the "climate of unrest" from postponing the IPO decision after recent turmoil surrounding the approval of pay raises of the ABN Amro executive board.
The Netherlands will help China to improve the quality of their air. State Secretary Wilma Mansveld of Infrastructure and Environment and her Chinese counterpart Chen Jining signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the matter.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte is visiting China from March 24th to 29th accompanied by the Infrastructure and Environment Minister Wilma Mansveld from March 23rd to 27th. The two will lead a Dutch business community delegation consisting of seventy Dutch company representatives.
A drop-off of four seats in the Eerste Kamer for the VVD is a challenge to party leader Prime Minister Mark Rutter. He is optimistic that the current VVD-Labour government coalition will continue, he said Wednesday night.
Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb (PvdA) and Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan (PvdA) are the most popular politicians in the Netherlands. Geert Wilders (PVV) is the received the least love and ended up on the bottom of the list as the least popular politician in the Netherlands.
An independent commission will investigate the deal that former State Secretary Fred Teeven of Security and Justice made with drug criminal Cees H. during his time as a prosecutor in 2001. The ChristenUnie proposed this investigation last night and the Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament) supported the proposal.
The debate on the deal that (now former) State Secretary Fred Teeven (Security and Justice, VVD) made with drug criminal Cees H. will still happen this afternoon, despite the resignations of Teeven and Minister Ivo Opstelten (Security and Justice, VVD). The Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament) will now have the debate with Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD).
Minister Stef Blok (Housing and National Service) will be taking over the duties of the Ministry of Security and Justice until a new Justice Minister has been selected, the Koninklijk Huis announced
The Dutch Finance Minister and Eurogroup leader Jeroen Dijsselbloem is hoping for another term as the head of the eurozone finance ministers. New appointment will be made in July and Dijsselbloem is expected to face competition from Spain's Economy Minister Luis de Guindos.
According to viewers, D66 leader Alexander Pechtold was the winner of RTL's election debate last night, with SP leader Emile Roemer close on his heels in second place.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte thinks it is better if Dutch jihadists who traveled to join the fight in Syria and Iraq die there instead of returning to the Netherlands. He said this in the RTL election debate last night.
The Council of Ministers will discuss possible extra funding for security services today.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte was on hand when the millionth DAF truck rolled off the assembly line in the company's Eindhoven factory. The 8,000-person company produces about 140 trucks daily.
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.
The Eerste Kamer (Senate) wants the Netherlands to make a financial contribution to repair the damage done to the Barcaccia fountain in Rome by rioting Feyenoord supporters, NOS reports. The Cabinet has pledged support to private initiatives launched for this matter, but Minister Bert Koenders (Foreign Affairs) and Minister Ivo Opstelten (Security and Justice) did not explicitly discuss compensation.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte calls the agreement on the Ukrainian conflict in Minsk an important step but feels that it is still too early to talk about sanction reliefs, he says to NOS.
The government will deploy more marechaussees (military police) because of the increasing terrorism threat, RTL Nieuws reports. This is according to a government letter that will appear today
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte was on hand at the opening of the new European headquarters of Israeli-owned global production and manufacturing company Israel Chemicals Limited (ICL) in Amsterdam.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte will attend this year's meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland this week. Finance Minister and Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lillianne Ploumen, and Minister for Health, Welfare and Sport Edith Schippers will also attend the forum in Davos.
Even after calls from King Willem-Alexander, Dutch citizen Ang Kiem Soei was executed at roughly 12:30 a.m. Sunday (local time) in Indonesia. Soei, from Utrecht but born in Papua, was killed by a firing squad.
January 27 marks the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of prisoners from the Nazi’s Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and extermination facility. Dutch King Willem-Alexander, his wife, Queen Máxima and Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte will travel to Poland for a ceremony marking the anniversary, the government confirms in a statement.