After antagonizing most of the faction leaders during the general budget debate on Wednesday, PVV leader Geert Wilders has now turned his attentions to Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Wilders and Rutte spoke some harsh words in their clash over the refugee crisis, with Wilders telling Rutte that "he's only Prime Minister on paper", and Rutte accusing Wilders of "illusion politics".
Today the leaders of factions in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, is debating the 2016 budget which was presented at Prinsjesdag on Tuesday. As can be expected, the opposition parties have a lot to say about the budget, many focusing on the asylum plan.
The general debate in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, on Wednesday started with a heated argument between SP leader Emile Roemer and PVV leader Geert Wilders. Wilders tried to postpone the debate and talk about the refugees instead, once again throwing around words like "asylum tsunami".
Prime minister Mark Rutte says he simply see’s no value in conducting a criminal investigation into the recent leaked confidential budget information for Prinjesdag. According to the Prime Minister, such an investigation would be "as expensive as it would be fruitless".
SP leader Emile Roemer wants to reduce VAT from 21 percent to 19 percent. He feels that the sales tax increase in 2012 was at the expense of small and medium sized businesses - the job engine of the Dutch economy.
More than a thousand people gathered in Amsterdam on Sunday to demonstrate for a more generous European policy. The demonstration started early in the afternoon on Dam square, followed by a march through the city.
Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice will stick to his plan surrounding the reorganization to the National Police, despite upset and concerns in the Tweede Kamer. He is convinced that the transformation will run better now that it has two extra years and and extra money to do so.
PVV leader Geert Wilders' anti-refugee, anti-Islam comments have caused many ruffled feathers in the refugee debate in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, on Thursday.
Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs is organization an expert meeting in October to find ways to counter discrimination on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.
The majority of the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, wants Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs and Employment to submit proposals for a substantial increase in the minimum wage for young people in the short term.
A quietly implemented change to the calculation of unemployment benefits, has had negative effects on flexible workers and seasonal workers, whose benefits are suddenly much lower. The change is also affecting those who briefly left unemployment for lower paid jobs and then reapplied for benefits
It seems that Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert misinformed the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, about protective measures taken in the 80's surrounding the use of the carcinogenic weapon cleaner PX-10
It seems unlikely that the smoking ban will be extended to also include terraces in the near future. Many political parties are either opposed to the idea, or find it premature to implement at this stage.
Utrecht has lost more than 20 million euros in the financial debacle surrounding FC Utrecht's Galgenwaard stadium and the municipality had decided to withdraw from the mess. PvdA chairman Hans Spekman, however, is ignoring the VVD's calls for him to hand in his free season tickets for life.
CDA faction leader Sybrand Buma thinks that the Netherlands should be intervening in Syria too, instead of only in Iraq. He wants to deploy Dutch troops to Syria to protect refugees and bring order. He also thinks that the establishment of safe havens in Syria, Iraq and Libya, where soldiers under the banner of the United Nations or the European Union can protect refugees a viable option.
Leading pulmonologists and pediatricians are calling for a ban on smoking in cars with children in the back seat. According to them, parents underestimate how very harmful nicotine vapors in a small space can be to children
The city of Nijmegen is receiving criticism for its plan to house about 100 young Eritrean refugees with a residency permit together in a former student residence in Lent.
Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs' plans to extract more gas from gas fields in the North Sea have the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, divided. The VVD and PVV support the plan, the PvdA and GroenLinks are solidly against it. Other parties are on the fence.
The conflict between Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice and the police unions over a better collective bargaining agreement has the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, concerned
The waiting lists and waiting times for social housing in Amsterdam will only get longer, according to professor Peter Boelhouwer and emeritus professor Hugo Priemus, both at TU Delft.
The PvdA's two lost campaigns in 2014 - for the elections for the European Parliament and municipal council, cost the party a total of 2.5 million euros.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte is not very optimistic about the European Union summit on the Greek debt crisis on Tuesday. During a parliamentary debate on the matter on Monday, the Prime Minister said that he does not want to hear any "rubbish stories" from the Greeks.
The municipality of Amsterdam will soon be reassessing 467 fine decisions on benefit fraud. This means that Amsterdam residents who received a fine for benefit fraud in 2013 and 2014, may receive a windfall.