"Day by day we struggle on", current Prime Minister and VVD leader Mark Rutte said about the negotiations between the VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks on forming a new government together. He added that no one is trying to drag the negotiations out. After seven weeks of talks, the atmosphere is still pleasant, but forming a government is also "hard work", he said after the latest negotiation session on Monday, the Telegraaf reports.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Foreign Affairs Minister Bert Koenders expressed their congratulations to new French president Emmanuel Macron and congratulated the French population for choosing pro-Europe and anti-xenophobia. PVV leader Geert Wilders congratulated runner up nationalist candidate Marine Le Pen on getting the votes of "millions of patriots".
Henry Keizer is temporarily stepping down as chairman of the VVD while the party's Integrity Committee investigates a seemingly shady business deal he was involved in in 2012. The VVD stands behind Keizer as he awaits the outcome of the investigation, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said, BNR reports.
After a nearly two week long break, negotiators of the VVD, D66, CDA and GroenLinks are getting together today to resume talks on forming the next Dutch government together. Edith Schippers will lead the negotiations as usual, Het Parool reports.
The University of Amsterdam is launching a test run in allowing part-time students to pay tuition per subject they take, instead of paying for a whole year. The University believes that this will be ideal for motivated students who don't have time to attend university full time because they also work, take care of a family member, have their own business or have to do an internship, Het Parool reports.
VVD chairman Henry Keizer is under fire for a seemingly shady business deal dating from 2012. According to research journalists Follow the Money, Keizer and his business partners bought funeral home De Facultatieve for far below market price. And at the time of the sale, Keizer was not only the buyer, but also the advisor and chairman of the funeral home he eventually bought. Keizer insists he acted with integrity and that "nobody was favored and disadvantaged" in the deal, he said to the press on Friday, NU.nl reports.
Put environmental goals down in the law, reduce gas extraction in Groningen to almost zero, implement a road tax based on kilometers and emissions, ban the sale of fossil-fueled vehicles after 2025 and close all the coal plants in the Netherlands, the environmental committees of six political parties write in a proposal for the climate portion of the governance agreement, the Volkskrant reports.
A "senior manager" at the Public Prosecution's Office was suspended on suspicion of having paid sex with a teenager, the Public Prosecutor announced on Thursday. According to newspaper AD, the prosecutor in question is 44-year-old Vincent L. - second in charge at the National Office in Amsterdam.
D66 leader Alexander Pechtold hopes that by the end of today's government formation negotiations - the last session before the May recess - there will be more clarity on the status of forming a government between the VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks, he said before entering the talks on Thursday, NU.nl reports.
"We should get an idea today about where we stand", Pechtold said. "This past week was important and useful. Sometimes very tough, but still with good steps."
The departing VVD and PvdA government reached an agreement to push an extra 200 million euros into nursing home care. This is on top of 100 million euros already pledged to solving the most pressing problems in nursing homes, NOS reports.
Negotiations between the VVD, D66, CDA and GroenLinks on forming a new Dutch government together will resume today. Talks were suspended last week after GroenLinks leader Jesse Klaver's mother was hospitalized. Her condition is still worrying, but Klaver will be back at the negotiation table on Tuesday, his spokesperson said to ANP.
With Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan claiming a narrow victory in a referendum designed to give his office more power, several politicians in the Netherlands expressed disdain for the vote results. Erdogan opponents in Turkey questioned the veracity of the vote count, with Turkish state media claiming that 70 percent of Turkish passport holders in the Netherlands voting to give Erdogan greater authority.
A majority of the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, is in favor of a legislative amendment that would extend confidentiality to also apply to parliamentarians' digital communications, such as WhatsApp messages and emails. The government submitted the proposed amendment in 2014, and the Tweede Kamer debated it on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.
There will be no government formation talks between the VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks on Thursday because GroenLinks leader Jesse Klaver's mother was admitted to hospital. Her condition is worrying, Klaver told negotiation leader Edith Schippers on Wednesday. The other parties therefore decided to temporarily suspend the negotiations, NU.nl reports.
The vast majority of Dutch parliamentarians wants the government to punish schools who do not teach LGBT awareness and acceptance lessons. Almost the entire Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, supported the motion filed by SP parliamentarian Jasper van Dijk, NOS reports.
According to the Education Inspectorate, about 20 percent of primary- and high schools don't teach their students about sexual diversity, despite this being mandatory since 2012. The same is true for about 40 percent of the ROCs.
Negotiators for the VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks talked about security, the judiciary and income disparities on Tuesday during the negotiations on forming a new Dutch government. On Wednesday they will continue to discuss security. Experts in the field of security and defense were invited to the morning negotiation session, Het Parool reports.
"We talked about security. That is an important issue. We need to develop new ideas", D66 leader Alexander Pechtold said after Tuesday's negotiations. VVD negotiator Halbe Zijlstra added that income disparities were also on the table.
When the basic study grant was abolished, the government promised that the money saved would be invested in education. The government is failing to live up to that promise, according to student organizations ISO and LSVB, RTL Nieuws reports.
According to the organizations, in the year 2000 the government spent nearly 20 thousand euros for each student at university. In 2025 that amount will be only 14,300 euros. There is also a decline for students attending colleges.
After a week of government formation negotiations between the VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks, it is still uncertain whether these four parties will manage to form a cabinet together. "There is absolutely no prospect of a result on any subject. We are not close to that phase yet", negotiation leader Edith Schippers said in a press conference on Thursday, NU.nl reports.
The city of Groningen is putting down a new building to offer so-called 'bed, bath and bread' shelter for failed asylum seekers. Security and Justice State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff (VVD) wants to ban municipalities from housing failed asylum seekers and undocumented migrants, but talks on what to do about shelter for people who can not be deported stalled last year, NOS reports.
Police took four teenaged boys into custody late Sunday in connection with the assault of two gay men in Arnhem. The victims were holding hands walking home from a party early Sunday morning when they were confronted by a group of young men shouting slurs at them.
They were then struck by a man wielding a heavy set of bolt cutters, kocking out four of Ronnie Sewratan-Vernes' teeth and severing his lip, and injuring the ribs of Jasper Vernes-Sewratan. The two say they usually conceal their relationship in public, but were holding hands after a fun night out.
Edith Schippers, who is leading the coalition negotiations for the new Dutch government, hopes that the new government will be in place by summer, she said on Wednesday following the first formal coalition negotiations between the VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks. If this succeeds, it means that the new government can prepare the budget for 2018, ANP reports.
The first formal and substantive negotiations for forming a government with the VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks start at 9:30 this morning. The parties will try to find common ground and make agreements on a number of major issues, including employment, income distribution, the tax system, the energy transition and the environment, security and defense, immigration and integration, education and healthcare, NOS reports.
Edith Schippers will present her report on the exploratory talks with the VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks on forming a cabinet to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, on Monday. Temporary Kamer president Khadija Arib will receive the report at 10:00 a.m., AD reports.