Standard & Poor's (S&P) downgraded the Netherlands credit rating to AA + from AAA.
A proposal by the Labour Party and the ChristenUnie, to raise the income threshold for social housing, has been adopted by the House Tuesday.
CDA and PvdA are pleased with the results of the mid-term municipal elections. The Labour Party did well in Friesland and became the largest party in Heerenveen and Leeuwarden . The Christian Democrats won the election in Alphen
According to the weekly poll of Maurice de Hond, D66 would have 21 virtual seats. That are 9 seats more than D66 now occupies in the House.
D66 was one of the three constructive opposition parties, who helped the government to a solution for the budget of 2014.
While D66 won in this poll, the largest party in the House, VVD, lost again one seat opposite the poll of last week. The liberals would now occupy only 19 seats while they occupy in real 41 seats in the House.
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?
Wednesday was the first of two days Budget Discussion in the House.
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.
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.
The SP in the House asks the Foundation Preference Shares B of KPN to prevent a takeover by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim. SP MP Arnold Merkies requested this in a letter to the foundation.
The foundation has opportunities to raise a protective wall around KPN against a hostile takeover. The foundation had already expressed their concern about the plans of Slims company América Móvil (AMX), to take over KPN.
About 100 employees of home care provider Sensire have occupied the lobby of the headquarters in Varsseveld on Tuesday. They demanded that the Board waives the announced dismissal of 1,100 employees. The occupation ended around midnight.
Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, Lodewijk Asscher, has promised that he is going to talk with the FNV this weekend, to find a solution for the mass dismissal, reported AbvakaboFNV.
More voters, than people might have thought, seem to be true believers of conspiracy theories, according to an investigation by the Free University (VU) of Amsterdam.
Especially people who vote for PVV and SP, frequently believe in conspiracy theories. But also voters of 50Plus and the Party for the Animals (PvdD) have a tendency to believe in conspiracy theories rather than good arguments, or even scientific facts, which prove those theories to be wrong.
The SP wants that tougher actions will be taken against ‘scooter louts’. It must be made possible that Scooters, which drive too fast, can be fined by their number plate. Something which is not possible at this moment.
SP MP Frashad Bashir wil insist on that during a meeting of the House with Minister Ivo Opstelten of Security and Justice.