The Central Jewish Board (CJO) is asking synagogue congregations to start a letter-writing campaign to convince the Mayors of their cities to add more security around Jewish sites in the Netherlands. The letter is a response to the attack in Paris and the raid in Verviers, reports NRC. Both France and Belgium have deployed the army to guard the Jewish institutions.
After three days of crisis over Minister Edith Schippers' (Public Health) rejected healthcare law, the VVD and PvdA reached a compromise and the impending fall of the government was averted. The three allied opposition parties, the D66, SGP and ChristenUnie, still have some major concerns.
Despite three Labour Senators saying they are still not prepared to vote in favour of a new legislative action that would limit the rights of medical patients, the prospect of a solution is apparently in sight. The crisis began Tuesday night when the three senators voted against health care legislation supported by the coalition government.
Health Minister Edith Schippers told the ruling coalition that if the PvdA cannot come up with a solution to pass her health care bill in the Senate that she would be forced to resign, sources told the Volkskrant. The embattled minister's bill strips the requirement that insurers pay at least 75 percent of the cost for visiting an out-of-network medical specialist.
The Coalition parties are still hard at work trying to limit the fallout caused by Minister Edith Schippers' (Public Health) collapsing health legislative proposal.
The PvdA and VVD will continue searching for a solution to the problems that have arisen around Minister Edith Schippers' healthcare plan later today.
A plan to strip the requirement that health insurers reimburse a large portion of medical bills from out-of-network specialists was struck down by the Senate by a five-vote margin. The proposal from Health Minister Edith Schippers (VVD) mustered 33 votes, with three members of her party’s coalition partner, PvdA, defecting with “no” votes.
Long-term care for the elderly and disabled is to be redeveloped. Yesterday the Senate approved the Act long-term care (Wet langdurige zorg - Wlz) which guarantees assistance for people who need 24 hours a day care.
The Cabinet, governing groups and the opposition parties D66, ChristenUnie and SGP have reached an agreement on tightening the pension rules, Z24 reports.
Today at the start of the general considerations, the annual debate on the Cabinet's plan for the next year, PVV leader Geert Wilders once again demanded that the Koran be removed from Chamber President Anouchka van Miltenburg's table. Wilders finds in inappropriate to have the Koran in the room now that the Islamic State is sowing terror. According to Wilders the holy Islamic book is a "declaration of war" and a "license to kill", BNR reports.
Emeritus Professor Piet de Rooy wrote the best political book of last year. The book "Ons stipje op de waereldkaart" (Our specks on the world map) won him the Prinsjesboekenprijs on Monday.
Minster Opstelten of Security and Justice wants to increase the court fees greatly, but on Prinsjedag he will announce that the increase has been scaled back, RTL News reports.
After negotiations at the Ministry of Finance with financial specialist from the ruling parties and friendly opposition parties, the Cabinet seems to be in agreement about the budget for next year. Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem says the consensus is a "careful budget", De Telegraaf reports.
Coalition parties VVD and PvdA and friendly opposition parties D66, ChristenUnie and SGP want more money to become available for the refugee situation in The Netherlands. According to sources from De Telegraaf, this plan should be in the making by Minister Ploumen of Development Co-operation.
The Netherlands will not send heavy weapons or ground troops to Iraq's Kurdish fighters. In their fight against IS, the Kurdish troops will at most receive bulletproof vests or other light military material from The Netherlands, De Volkskrant reports.
Monday sees the launch of the first budget negotiations after the Summer. Ministers tell NU.nl that the talks are positive, and it does not look like there will be more stringent budget cuts.
The recent figures from the Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) show that the recover after the crisis in The Netherlands is definite, but "fragile", Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem says.
At the end of this year, the regulation that allows parents to gift their children or others €100,000 tax free will expire. Realtors organization NVM-makelaars thinks the regulation should stay, as it is boosting the housing market, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
Sources around the Cabinet tell De Telegraaf that The Netherlands is keeping the option to send military aid with America to Iraq. For now, the sources say that this is not likely as there has not been a request.
The Ministry of Defense may take part in the strategic transport of goods for North Iraq, according to De Telegraaf. The paper writes that the Ministry is currently measuring the possibility of this, which may be restricted by the European connection via the European Air Transport Command.
De Telegraaf newspaper today contains a full-page ad with calls from several well-known Dutch people to end the rising anti-Semitism in The Netherlands. On the back of the newspaper, in large black lettering is written: "No excuse for anti-Semitism."
Governing parties the VVD and PvdA have gained support after the tragic Malaysia Airlines plane crash. According to pollster Maurice de Hond, the wake of the crash proved positive for only these two parties, the other parties in The Netherlands lost seats.
In Amsterdam, the Gaza conflict is spilling over into Dutch territory. In a case that has received politicians' attention, police are investigating the assault of a Jewish woman, Seraphina Verhofstadt-Makker, from the Dapperbuurt area in the city. She says that she was assaulted by men because she hung her Israel flag from her balcony, Het Parool reports.