Has the VVD lost its way: who’s in and who’s out of the Dutch liberal party

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

Lies and scandals add to the public disinterest in the upcoming provincial elections

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

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”