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Oct 17 '13 05:27

After two weeks of heavy negotiations, the politics in the Hague have come to an easier mode. There was no fireworks in the House during the first day of the financial discussions.

The financial discussions in the House always come one week later than the general discussions about the Dutch National Budget.

Oct 15 '13 00:05

Mayor Bolsius of Amersfoort called missing Labour councilor Ramon Smits Alvarez to turn himself in.

Oct 14 '13 05:39

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?

Oct 14 '13 00:04

The Amersfoort Labour councilor Ramon Smits Alvarez (34) has been missing since Thursday afternoon. He left home with an unknown destination, according to the police.

Oct 10 '13 06:32

By total surprise GroenLinks has announced on Wednesday to stop with the negotiations to find a solution for the National Dutch Budget.

Bram van Ojik told in TV show Pauw and Witteman, that he didn’t see any progress and therefore decided to step out.

Oct 10 '13 06:23

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.

Oct 9 '13 09:05

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.

Oct 8 '13 02:39

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.

Oct 4 '13 07:27

The new proposal, which Jeroen Dijsselbloem sent to the opposition discussion partners, was not good enough for the CDA and they will not continue with the negotiations for an acceptable budget which can count on a majority in the Senate.

Oct 2 '13 05:45

Following the budget discussions in the House of last week, Minister Dijsselbloem is talking this week with opposition parties to exchange some of the government plans with alternatives proposed by them.

Sep 30 '13 08:05

If there would be elections now, the CDA would get 17 seats in the House. These are the results of the weekly poll by Maurice de Hond.

This is the influence of the budget discussions of last week in the House. The CDA  won one seat, the VVD lost one seat. Virtually CDA would have now only one seat less then the VVD.

In the House the situation is very different. VVD has 41 seats and CDA 13 only.

Sep 27 '13 04:12

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?

Sep 26 '13 04:10

Wednesday was the first of two days Budget Discussion in the House.

Sep 25 '13 11:43

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.

Sep 24 '13 04:11

CDA leader Sybrand Buma has presented an alternative budget. The CDA thinks to recover the economy and employment by reducing the costs for employers and employees with 2.9 billion euro.

This week the House will discuss the Dutch national Budget which was presented by the government on Prinsjesdag.

Sep 20 '13 05:08

The bold decision of Minister Jeanine Hennis and the government to try to finalize the year-long discussions about the JSF, that is, choosing to purchase 37 JSFs, has caused turmoil in the Dutch society. 

Sep 18 '13 08:49

Coalition partners VVD and PvdA see a recovery of the Dutch economy. This was clear from a debate between the group leaders of the six largest parties in the House. 

Both Zijlstra (VVD) and Samsom (PvdA) told their opponents that they were seeing signs of recovery, like the sectors housing and export.

The opposition had another view. Wilders (PVV) and Roemer (SP) think that this government ruins the economy with all the cuts. Wilders even said that Zijlstra and Samsom were possibly from another planet.

Sep 9 '13 05:48

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.

Sep 2 '13 03:49

Labour leader Diederik Samsom is facing tough times. Recently two Labour MPs  resigned in a time that the party has to make difficult choices. The newest poll shows that the Dutch citizens have not much trust in the Labour party.

Aug 30 '13 07:18

Although it briefly looked like it would be taking some time before a replacement would be found for Myrthe Hilkens, is the chair in the House already occupied. Marith Rebel-Volp will take place in the House for the Labour Party.

Rebel-Volp is GP, policy advisor to the National Association of General Practitioners and chairman of the Association of Dutch Female Doctors (VNVA).

Aug 29 '13 04:16

PvdA Myrthe Hilkens resigns as Member of Parliament. She is in a short time the second PvdA MP that leaves the House. 

Hilkens says in a statement, which was  sent to the ANP: "I resign as of today as member of the House. The way I want to give meaning to my ideals is, unfortunately, not consistent with the way in which I can do politics. That's why I choose to devote my time for socially relevant issues, outside the House. I do not know exactly what I am going to do, but I decline for the non-activity allowance."

Aug 24 '13 17:04

Former parliamentarian Desirée Bonis (PVDA) resigned in June, because her party would have too little input in the country's foreign policy.

Aug 21 '13 04:51

The political party PvdA wants to know what City council has done with the news of the Bijenkorf department store closing their Groningen branch in 2016.

Aug 20 '13 16:46

Labour leader Diederik Samsom is going to divorce. He confirmed this to NRC Handelsblad.

"Unfortunately, life is not always as expected. This is a very profound and sad turn of events, " said Samson.

Samsom involved his family emphatically in his political career. In interviews he often talked about his two children, who are an important source of inspiration for him. His wife figured with his children in a campaign commercial for the parliamentary elections.

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