The D66 and PVV parties are the biggest frontrunners in the polls for the European elections this Thursday. The D66 is pro-Europe while the PVV is anti-Europe.
The informer's report on the Amsterdam council's formation proceedings, Thom de Graaf, are leading GroenLinks to believe that the D66 were never interested in forming a council with them. The negotiations with the D66, VVD and GroenLinks in Amsterdam never led to anything, and De Graaf will make a new attempt at a council of mayors and aldermen on Tuesday.
All the 100 children who are now in danger of falling outside the child asylum law, will be allowed to stay in the Netherlands. The current demands for the child pardon are not going to be amended in future, however, as this would cause more borderline cases to arise.
Despite a large public battle to relax, or at least modify requirements for children in the Netherlands to be granted asylum, the current government will not take on the issue. The decision was announced by VVD member Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice.
GroenLinks has left the debate table, leaving a space for the D66 to decide whether or not the PvdA is still going to be left out of the city government.
There is growing resistance against the manner in which the cabinet is carrying out the child pardon rule. Child ombudsman Marc Dullaert is taking a step towards the protesters, aligning himself with people's rights organizations and increasingly more mayors who are critical about the rule.
Coalition parties VVD and PvdA proposed that alternatives for big wind turbine farms in the three northerly provinces should get a serious change. They did so during a debate about Cabinet plans for wind energy on land and at sea in the House of Representatives on Friday.
The Cabinet has been approved the health care reform plan that will see a lot more care tasks be transfered over to the municipalities instead of the government per 1 January 2015.
For the first time since 1946, Amsterdam may have to move forward with a city council without the PvdA. Almost a week after a minority agreement of D66 and GroenLinks it seems like all signs are pointing to the VVD, not the PvdA, becoming the third partner in the city council. The parties will publicize their choice for partner before the weekend.
Governing parties VVD and PvdA each gained a seat in this week's poll by Maurice de Hond.
The cabinet, the coalition and the three opposition fractions agreed Monday on "the contours" of an extra contribution for care.
The so-called 'child pardon' has given 675 young asylum seekers residence permits. This regulation also allows 775 family members to stay in The Netherlands. This is stated in the yearly report from the Immigration and Naturalization Service, which Trouw has access to.
A poll from Maurice de Hond shows that the D66 would be the biggest party if the Parliamentary elections were held now. The party now effectively has 12 seats in Parliament.
The Dutch Minister for Housing, Stef Blok (VVD) has proposed a bill to the ministers council on Friday in which he wants there to be a temporary leasing scheme for starter families.
VVD-leader Halbe Zijlstra is saying that the current tax system needs to be overhauled in favor of simplicity. The party told the cabinet that all allowances must be abolished and transformed into lower taxes. The Tax Administration must focus on the core task: collecting money.
In Almere, the biggest party, the PVV, is not going to be part of the newly formed municipal council. Losing party PvdA, however, will. The PVV did not manage to connect with other parties due to the recent unrest from within the PVV.
On Monday, governing parties the VVD and PvdA will be joined at the table with minister of Finance Jeroen Dijsselbloem by friendly opposition parties D66, ChristenUnie and the SGP, where they will discuss next year's budget.
After a big victory in the municipal council elections, the D66 is being left at the sidelines during negotiations for council-formation, Het Parool reports. This is now happening in Haarlem and Breda.
PVV party leader Geert Wilders continued today to attempt to link all Moroccans with criminal activity, saying, “A locked-up illegal mugs no jeweler.” The statement was in response both to the coalition government’s agreement not to criminalize people who illegally enter the Netherlands, and the recent shootings of two burglars by a jewelry store owner.
Undocumented people living in the Netherlands will not be treated as criminals, the coalition government announced today. The VVD-backed proposal had been a major sticking point between the VVD and PvdA, the majority parties in the lower house, and ChristenUnie, the party the coalition relies on for support in the upper house.
Leader of the PVV, Geert Wilders, has virulently criticized Prime Minister Mark Rutte for a promise he made to children on the Jeugdjoernaal programme on Thursday last week.
At his weekly press conference, Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD) continued his criticism of PVV leader Geert Wilders over Wilders' calls to reduce the Moroccan population in the Hague. Rutte told reporters that, "A boundary has been crossed," and the government will not cooperate with the PVV unless Wilders apologizes for his remarks.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD) has once more distanced himself even further from PVV-leader Geert Wilders' anti-Moroccan comments this week, as he approached the NOS for an interview in which he puts some worries of the Moroccan community at ease.
The price of keeping an economic petrol and diesel car will rise by hundreds of euros because of the Autumn agreement, according to the Environmental Planning Office (PBL).