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.
The gas extraction in Groningen is "very unlikely" to increase in the second half of the year, VVD parliamentary leader Halbe Zijlstra said on Buitenhof yesterday.
The coalition parties lost three seats in Maurice de Hond's weekly polls, leaving them with virtually 29 seats just before the provincial election in March.
The VVD has called for an exclusion of “controversial” imams who they say are scheduled to speak at a gala in Rijswijk in March. The party accuses the religious figures of using hate speech to rile up their listeners.
The PvdA decided to support Minister Henk Kamp's (Economic Affairs) new gas decision after all, NU reports. A final decision on the reduction of gas extraction in Groningen will only be made on July 1st.
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.
PvdA leader Diederik Samsom believes that the gas extraction in Groningen should also be reduced in the second half of 2015. According to Samsom, it is "unthinkable" that the gas extraction will only be reduced until July 1st and will then be increased again, RTV Noord reports.
Yesterday the coalition parties seemed to have a different approach to the Greek issue. The PvdA is was willing to listen to Greece's alternative plans, while the VVD decided to take a harsher stance
The VVD has submitted a motion that academics should be able to obtain their doctorate in companies. VVD Parliamentarian Pieter Duisenberg expects that better cooperation between business life and higher education will ensure that more university graduates obtain their doctorates
The Provincial Faction of the VVD in Groningen wants the natural gas extraction quota in the province to be dropped to 17.5 million cubic meters in the first half of the year.
A majority of the Senate wants clarification from State Secretary Fred Teeven (Security and Justice) about the cuts he wants to make to the legal aid budget. With these cuts Teeven ignores the wishes of the Senate, who rejected the 85 million euro cut last month.
The VVD suggested an informer-arrangement in match fixing cases in the Second Chamber, VVD Parliamentarian Michiel van Veen from Cuijk told Omroep Brabant on Tuesday.
Public servant union NCF has claimed charges against Housing Minister Stef Blok (VVD) for misappropriation of funds. Union President Albert van der Smissen formally declared these charges to the Rotterdam police on Tuesday, claiming them to be a criminal offense.
According to a majority in the Second Chambers, poor performing judges should be handled more severely. If they do not preform, they must be transferred or demoted.
State Secretary Wilma Mansveld of Infrastructure has demanded clarification of both NS and ProRail regarding the repeated problems on the track. The latest problem was yesterday in Utrecht. It started around 08:15 a.m. and was only resolved at around 21:00 last night.
Dutch security and justice minister Ivo Opstelten and state secretary Fred Teeven no longer need to make any more budget cuts for security, despite the holes in their budget. Cabinet partners the VVD and the PvdA accept that the justice ministry now spends more money than budgeted.
Will Minister Ivo Opstelten of Security and Justice be stepping down after the Council elections on March 18th? That question has been buzzing around the Binnenhof.
Despite fierce opposition from the world of education, the mandatory math exam will count in the final exam of the school year. Pupils scoring less than 4.5 on it will not get a diploma. By introducing this test, state secretary of education Sander Dekker hopes to ensure that schools get their math education in order.
The PvdA wants Defense to eventually replace to four Navy submarines and buy new ones. Parliament Member Angelien Eijsink said this in Trouw today. Coalition partner VVD as well as CDA have long been advocates for this.
The Roermond politician Jos van Rey, who is suspected of corruption, wants State Secretary Fred Teeven and Minister Ivo Opstelten of Security and Justice to testify. This emerged during the pre-trail in the corruption case in Rotterdam today.
Yesterday afternoon PvdA leader Diederik Samsom called on his party to be determined and to be confident that the changes resulting from the government policy will work out well for the country. In his speech to the PvdA-congress in Utrecht, he defended the cooperation with the VVD in the current Cabinet.
The Belgian police shot two armed jihadists dead and arrested one in a Belgian city of Verviers late Thursday night. The armed men were part of a network which partly consists of returned rebel fighters from the Syrian Civil War. They were planning on attacking police stations and courthouses, according to Belgian police.
Labour party PvdA leader Diederik Samsom accused anti-Islam PVV leader Geert Wilders of being as manipulative as terrorists in parliamentary debate Wednesday night. Samsom said that Wilders “does precisely the same as what the terrorists do: spread hatred, fear and division.”
The parliament is debating with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and several ministers on Wednesday about the terrorist attacks in Paris last week. The factions want to hear the Dutch government's views on the event and the readiness level to prevent and deal with such attacks in the Netherlands.