Tweede Kamer

Mar 3 '15 16:50

Speakers arranged for a controversial gala of Muslim imams were stripped of their visas to enter the Netherlands do to the "risky" nature of the event, and to protect Muslims, the National Counterterrorism Coordinator wrote in a letter to Parliament. The event was scheduled for March 8th in Rijswijk, but was cancelled by organizers who said the unfair depictions of their group in the media made it impossible to hold their gala.

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Mar 3 '15 14:34

The CDA wants grandparents to also get visitation rights with their grandchildren in a divorce, NOS reports. According to parliamentarians Peter Oskam and Mona Keijzer, there can be heartbreaking consequences if children can't have contact with their grandparents.

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Mar 3 '15 13:26

One in seven people who participate in BDSM, a variety of erotic practices involving roleplaying, bondage, dominance and submission and other interpersonal dynamics, have had to visit the doctor afterwards for injuries sustained.

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Mar 3 '15 11:55

The cabinet wants to give the police and fire department more power to deploy drones for assistance, detection and maintenance of public order from July 1st.

Feb 27 '15 13:55

The VVD wants to consult with other countries to change existing international treaties so that terrorists' can lose their Dutch citizenships, even if this would mean that the terrorist will then not be a citizen of any country ("stateless"), NRC reports.

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Feb 27 '15 13:32

Minister Jet Bussemaker (Education) has made 75 million euros available for vocational schools to focus more on specialized professions such as a piano technician, prosthetic technician or shoe repairer. She made this announcement in a letter to the Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament) today.

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Feb 27 '15 12:48

VVD parliamentarian Mark Verheijen has decided to resign from the Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament) following the results of the integrity commission's investigation into his declarations, the party announced on their website.

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Feb 26 '15 10:56

A number of opposition parties yesterday tried to get a debate on gas extraction in Groningen and the risks entailed in it on the agenda before the elections, NU reports. This is following the highly critical report by the Dutch Safety Board on the issue, which was published last week.

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Feb 26 '15 10:26

Yesterday the Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament) discussed the cause of radicalization and how it can be addressed with, among others, representatives from the Muslim community and scholars, De Telegraaf reports.

Feb 26 '15 09:48

The SP and PVV is firmly opposed to the VVD, PvdA and D66's demand that all parliamentary parties disclose their financial activities over the past years. This is according to the Volkskrant, based on four separate anonymous sources.

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Feb 25 '15 10:44

VVD Member of Parliament Mark Verheijen arranged a free election party for Prime Minister Mark Rutte in 2012 at the Floriade in Venlo. According to the AD, the VVD paid for nothing, despite the exhibition being highly dependent on such income.

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Feb 24 '15 11:18

Minister Ivo Opstelten and State Secretary Fred Teeven (Security and Justice) submitted two legislative proposals to the Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament) that will ensure that a suspect in custody can have legal assistance during police questioning. Currently detained suspects are only allowed to consult counsel before the questioning.

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Feb 23 '15 11:23

Nearly half of the Dutch voters (48 percent) think that VVD parliamentarian Mark Verheijen should not return to the Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament), even if it turns out that he is not guilty of corruption. This is according to Maurice de Hond's weekly poll.

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Feb 20 '15 13:43

Parliament Members have raised questions in the Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament) about a charity gala happening in Utrecht on March 1st, AD reports. The controversial Sheikh Assim Al-Hakeem is invited to speak there.

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Feb 19 '15 09:03

Groningen Mayor Peter den Oudsten wants a parliamentary inquiry to find out what decisions had been made for his province.

Feb 17 '15 17:40

An imam gala will likely go ahead as planned, and will be held at the Event Plaza in Rijswijk on March 8. Several MPs have expressed concern and anger at reports that the incoming imams were granted visas. Tickets are still being sold for the event.

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Feb 13 '15 12:24

Groningen has once again fallen victim to earthquakes. This time two earthquakes in two days.

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Feb 13 '15 10:14

The Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament) will have to leave the Binnenhof for 5.5 years so that the buildings on the Binnenhof can be completely renovated, BNR reports.

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Feb 13 '15 08:29

Prime Minister Mark Rutte got confirmation from Ukrainian President Porosjenko that the perpetrators of the MH17 disaster will not go unpunished. Rutte and Porosjenko spoke at the EU summit in Brussels yesterday.

Feb 12 '15 19:54

Further changes to the new healthcare law proposal by Dutch health minister Edith Schippers (VVD) drew doubts and opposition after Parliament heard the amended plan on Wednesday.

Feb 12 '15 16:15

Groningen citizens sang their provincial national anthem in protest against gas extraction in their region during Thursday's Tweede Kamer (Lower House) parliamentary debate on the issue on Thursday.

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Feb 12 '15 09:47

PvdA Member of Parliament Ed Groot thinks that the information that Dutch companies give abroad on constructions to pay as little tax as possible should be put to a stop. He made this suggestion today at the written input for the debate on the "fiscal roadshows".

Feb 11 '15 09:12

Minister Ivo Opstelten (Security and Justice) has no objection to the municipality of Amsterdam's plan to set up a prostitution business where approximately 50 women can work without a pimp. He said this in response to questions from the SGP in the Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament), NOS reports.

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Feb 10 '15 14:11

The Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament) will receive a confidential and technical briefing on the agreements made between the tax authorities and the United States coffee chain Starbucks, Secretary of State Eric Wiebes (Finance) promised today.

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