Last week, the debate on the #teevendeal forced the cabinet to eat humble pie. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte admitted Wednesday’s debate was the “most difficult in his political career”. A vote of censure was brought by the opposition against Rutte. He survived, of course, cabinets always do apparently when they do badly in the … Continue reading Dutch cabinet survives Teevendeal debate but van Miltenburg is fall girl
“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” ― Abraham Lincoln However, politicians do have a habit of omitting, framing, burying and twisting the truth. Many would say politicians are notorious for lying. … Continue reading Commissie stiekem – Much ado about nothing
Back in April, Rutte II almost split over the matter of what to do with failed asylum seekers who are unable or unwilling to leave the country. As tens of thousands of refugees advance towards the heart of Europe, the coalition has now been forced to find common ground on how to tackle the crisis. … Continue reading Sheer numbers force shift in Dutch government’s stance on refugee crisis
The death of an Aruban tourist Mitch Henriquez during his arrest by police after he attended a Night in the Park festival in The Hague’s Zuiderpark at the end of June led to several nights of rioting in the city. If it had not been for social media and films made by eye-witnesses on their mobile … Continue reading Is political intolerance feeding police discrimination?
Usually little attention is paid in the media to the election of the Upper House of Parliament in the Netherlands. It’s a slightly outdated system, in which the newly elected provincial parliament members vote for their candidate in the Senate. Not quite as archaic as the UK’s Upper House of hereditary peers, but hardly an example … Continue reading Is it time for change in democracy as a new Senate takes its seats?
It’s not often that the national 8 o’clock news in the Netherlands opens with the words “Fuck the king”. On the BBC it would be unthinkable – at least it would before the 9 p.m. watershed. “Fuck the king, fuck the queen, fuck the royal house” The reason the national news opened with this phrase … Continue reading F*ck de koning! it’s easy to get prosecuted nowadays
The coalition partners VVD and Labour had agreed to disagree when Labour leader Diederik Samsom told a party conference recently his party would be leaning as far as it could to the left. At the same time, recent comments by VVD parliamentary leader Halbe Zijlstra showed the Dutch liberals are leaning as far as possible to … Continue reading Coalition partners lean so far they almost tipped the balance