It’s been a changing of the guard for the VVD since the provincial election. Firstly the new Minister of Justice Ard van de Steur and his State Secretary Klaas Dijkhof were installed. They were reportedly not the first choice as apparently a number of candidates turned down the honour. Was it because they did not … Continue reading Has the VVD lost its way: who’s in and who’s out of the Dutch liberal party
It’s not good timing for an expenses scandal just weeks before the provincial elections for the VVD. The VVD-Labour government already has to forge alliances with the opposition to get legislation through the Senate. Now it looks like the government parties will end up with an even smaller minority, as the upcoming provincial elections indirectly determine the political make-up of the Senate. If that happens, Rutte II could become a lame duck sitting out the second half of its term. Continue reading Lies and scandals add to the public disinterest in the upcoming provincial elections
It was with a slight sense of trepidation that I got on my bike last night and headed for the Abert Cuypstraat to meet a bunch of people I don’t know. It was to be my first networking event with the Amsterdam Small Business Network. But I peddled on in spite of the headwind and … Continue reading Getting a butchers at Amsterdam’s first Small Business Network event
Yes folks, finally the day has come that I go Dutch. At quarter past three this afternoon I’ll be attending my naturalisation ceremony. I’ll walk into the City Hall a Brit and come out a Nederlander. I’m not quite sure what it all entails, but we will be singing the Wilhelmus, and like most Dutch … Continue reading Going Dutch – today’s the day
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”
Becoming Dutch has one big advantage. After 24 years without sufferage, on 12 September I get to vote in the national elections. I have to admit to a personal interest here – as my husband is on the electoral list for the Green Left. Unelectable at number 13, but all the same on the list. The election campaigns … Continue reading Mutiny as Dutch election campaigns begin
The letter from the town hall fell silently on the mat. I’d almost forgotten about it. Oh yeah, I realised as I slit the envelop open. It contained a positive decision for my application for the Dutch nationality and an invitation to the obligatory naturalisation ceremony. I’d been asked a few times. Why did I want to become … Continue reading Going Dutch – What is nationhood and why care?