PvdA

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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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Jul 26 '13 05:50

Although the CDA has halved the number of seats in the House at each of the two last elections,  but the Christian Democrats still provide most mayors. Over one third of the Dutch mayors (122 on a total of 358) comes from the CDA. VVD and PvdA follow with 96 mayors and 86 respectively.

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Jul 2 '13 03:19

The discussions between a delegation of the government and opposition parties D66 and GroenLinks has failed. "The negotiations have stopped," said D66 leader Alexander Pechtold on Monday about their conversations to see how they could help to realize several coalition agreements.

These included the topics 'arrangements for parents with children' and 'higher education'. Pechtold: "There's too much difference between the wishes of D66 to invest in education and the opportunities that the government wants to create. This could have been an agreement."

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Jun 26 '13 05:31

While negotiating the new cuts for 2014, the Labour Party would like to pump billions of euros of potted money into the economy. This is evident from an interview with Labour leader Diederik Samsom in the Volkskrant. Jeroen Dijsselbloem Minister of Finance joins the vision of his party leader. According Dijsselbloem it is now necessary to boost the economy and it is interesting to try to 'mobilize' the potted capital. He said Tuesday at RTL Z.

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Jun 18 '13 05:21

Former Labour leader Ad Melkert is open to a more active role in politics. A return to the Binnenhof, which he left in 2002 after the election defeat of the Labour Party and the rise of Pim Fortuyn, Melkert sees as a possibility, he said on Monday during an interview with The Press of Wegener.

He does not see the Hague politics as a 'no-go area'. "Politics, national or international, has always fascinated me in the way how the public interest can be served. Politics needs people who are not afraid to take responsibility.”

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Jun 6 '13 15:50

Dutch Politician Lilianne Ploumen of the Minister for Foreign Trade regrets the European Commission’s decision to demand the anti-dumping levy on solar panels from China, according to financial news site 4-traders.com.

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Jun 4 '13 04:09

Since the elections of last year, the coalition partners VVD and PvdA have reached the minimum number of seats in parliament according to the poll of Maurice De Hond. When elections would be held at this moment, the two coalition partners would only have 40 seats together.

This weeks poll shows that VVD would loose one seat and would have a total of 22 seats, which are 19 seats less than they occupy now in the House.

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May 2 '13 07:52

Labour leader Diederik Samsom continues to fight for a coalition agreement about the criminalization of illegality, despite the problems it causes in his party. However, he will consult with the various departments of the party about everything. "Otherwise we're not going to discuss," he said on Wednesday in Pauw and Witteman.

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Apr 24 '13 14:18

A revolt is rising amongst members of Dutch labour party PvdA against the government plan to make undocumented residency a punishable, criminal offence in the Netherlands.  A number of party branches and prominent members will ask Labour leader Diederik Samson to break the coalition agreement, to adjust the direction and restore the fundamental party principle of 'the right to a decent life'.

Criminalization of illegal residents

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Apr 19 '13 09:21

After a full day's debate on the death of the Russian asylum seeker Alexander Dolmatov, State Secretary Teeven suddenly turned the issue on himself. "I don’t want to be a State Secretary with the benefit of the doubt," the VVD politician said. "I am not interested in that. That's what I just want to say."

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Mar 29 '13 08:12

Multinational companies who use the Netherlands to avoid high taxes in their own country must be curbed. In the College Tour (NTR) episode on Friday, Labour (PvdA) leader Diederik Samsom said, "I think it's a bad idea that the Netherlands is a tax haven; that we do not impose enough taxes on companies which do not do anything in our country but only channel their money."

"I want to change something about it. Step by step we are going to tackle this scourge."

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Mar 22 '13 01:35

Dutch labour party, PvdA, is calling for a greater level of transparency from criminal psychiatric clinics, known in the Netherlands as TBS clinics. Party MPs want data on performance, therapies and check-outs to be presented in a clearer and more comprehensible manner.

FPC Dr. S. van Mesdag, a TBS clinic in Groningen (Wutsje / Wikimedia Commons)

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