Dutch cabinet survives Teevendeal debate but van Miltenburg is fall girl

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

Sheer numbers force shift in Dutch government’s stance on refugee crisis

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

Is it time for change in democracy as a new Senate takes its seats?

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 It’s a slightly outdated system, in which the newly elected provincial parliament members vote for their candidate in the Senate.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?

Over Het IJ -Amsterdam’s dockland theatre festival “grows up”

Amsterdam’s location theatre Over Het IJ Festival has “grown up” says Lode van Piggelen as dancers sign with flags from the top of a three-storey high construction made from shipping containers. The festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. For many Amsterdammers it’s an alternative for last month’s Oerol festival on the island of … Continue reading Over Het IJ -Amsterdam’s dockland theatre festival “grows up”