Ruud Lubbers

Mark Rutte & Wim Kok
Oct 20 '18 21:02

Former Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok has died at the age of 80 years old after fighting a lengthy illness. He became the country's leader following the election in 1994, when he led Labour (PvdA) into a coalition with the conservative VVD and centrist D66 parties.

"Wim Kok was a man worth looking up to," said current Prime Minister Mark Rutte. "Completely reliable, perfectly honest and always focused on a solution," Rutte said of Kok. "He was a man with a great sense of responsibility who placed high demands on himself and on those people who worked with him."

Ruud Lubbers
Feb 20 '18 14:30

A few hundred Dutch flooded to the Laurentius- and Elisabeth cathedral in Rotterdam on Monday to say goodbye to former Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers, who passed away last week at the age of 78, NOS reports.

Lubbers' coffin was placed in a sea of flowers and some candles. Hundreds of people walked past the coffin to say farewell, and signed the condolence register.

Ruud Lubbers
Feb 16 '18 13:00

Those who want to say their final goodbyes to former Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers, can do so at the Catholic Laurentius and Elisabeth Cathedral in Rotterdam on Monday. The doors will be open to the public between 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., government information service Rijksvoorlichtingsdients announced.

A private memorial will be held in the same church on Tuesday, after which Lubbers will be buried. 

Ruud Lubbers
Feb 15 '18 07:57

Former Dutch Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers passed away on Wednesday. He was in poor health for some time, a spokesperson for the 78-year-old CDA politician said. While other politicians knew that Lubbers was not doing well, they are still shocked by his death.

Ruud Lubbers
Feb 14 '18 18:07

Long-time Dutch prime minister Ruud Lubbers reportedly died on Wednesday according to the Dutch government. He was 78 years of age.

The Christian Democrats leader served as prime minister longer than any other Dutch politician. He held the office from 1982 to 1994 at the helm of three cabinets.

No information was provided about the cause of death. The Dutch government press office made the announcement which was reported in various media outlets in the country.

Rutte II cabinet, November 2012
Aug 21 '17 09:18

The Rutte II cabinet is now officially the longest serving Dutch government since the Second World War. On Sunday the VVD-PvdA coalition served a total of 1,749 days - one day more than the previous record holder, the Lubbers III cabinet, NOS reports.

The third Ruud Lubbers cabinet, a CDA and PvdA coalition, ruled for 1,748 days from 1989 to 1994. The cabinet that followed, Kok I, also had a long formation process, lasting 111 days. Today is the 159th day of the current government formation talks

Amsterdam polling place in 2017 election
Mar 15 '17 22:01

Roughly 81 percent of eligible voters showed up to cast a ballot in Wednesday's Dutch parliamentary election, according to exit polls conducted by Ipsos for broadcasters NOS and RTL. The voter turnout far outpaced the 2012 and 2010 election figures, when about 75 percent arrived at the polls leading to the two Mark Rutte cabinets.

Nov 5 '15 09:16

The richest people in the Netherlands seem to be doing well for themselves. For the first time since the crisis, the 500 richest Dutch people saw their collective wealth grow by 10 percent. And four new billionaires have been added to the list.

Ruud Lubbers
May 14 '14 09:52

Ex-Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers sent letters to Representatives as well as the Department of Justice, pleading he not be prosecuted for outing state secrets about an underground stash of US nuclear weapons at an air base in Volkel.

Jan 30 '14 07:47

The secrecy around possible existence of nuclear weapons in the Netherlands should come to an end in favor of an open debate, MPs said yesterday.

Jun 11 '13 08:19

Ex-Dutch Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers told Dutch TV that 22 US nuclear bombs are being stored underground in strongrooms at the Volkel airbase in Brabant.

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