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Wednesday 1 October  
  • CDA loses another seat in polls

    The Christian democratic CDA has again lost a seat in pollster Maurice de Hond’s weekly opinion polls. If elections were held today, the Christian democrats would win 11 seats, compared to the 21 it currently holds in parliament.

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  • FNV union federation gets new name

    The largest Dutch trade union federation, the FNV, has changed its name to ‘de VakBeweging’ (the Union Movement). A majority of the 19 unions grouped together in the old FNV signed up to the foundation of the revamped organisation o...

  • Hard election campaign fight ahead says VVD

    The conservative VVD, the senior partner in the outgoing minority government coalition, is holding its party congress today.

    VVD chair Benk Korthals has told the party faithful that the run-up to the 12 September election is going to be...

  • Electricity and gas prices ‘set to rocket’

    The price of electricity and gas will become considerably more expensive over the coming years, says Peter Terium of energy company RWE.

    In an interview with the newspaper, AD, he warns that energy bills are likely to become unaffordab...

  • Dutch doctors to save millions on medicines

    Dutch doctors art to save the government 50 million euros by prescribing cheaper, generic versions of medicines, where possible. Caretaker Health Minister Edith Schippers has struck a deal with National Association of General Practitioners.

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  • Case against Haitham al-Haddad dropped

    British Islamic scholar and community leader Haitham al-Haddad will not be prosecuted for statements he made in Amsterdam. The case against him has been dropped.

    Politician Ehsan Jami had accused Al-Haddad of issuing threats and ...

  • Majority of Dutch MPs opposed to tank sale to Indonesia

    Thursday’s debate in parliament showed that a majority remains opposed to the sale of 80 Dutch Leopard tanks to Indonesia.

    The Labour Party, Socialist Party, the Freedom Party, the Green Left party and the Christian Union reiterat...

  • Leers: Iraq must cooperate in repatriation

    The Netherlands is making a conditional donation of 5.5 million euros to Iraq to help the country re-integrate failed asylum seekers returning home from the Netherlands. The cabinet has also offered to reserve 50 places in secondary education f...

  • Police officer charged with assault

    The Dutch police officer who was filmed kicking a drunken man will face criminal charges. The man from the video has filed a complaint. 

    Now that the female police officer is officially a suspect, she is afforded the right to an at...

  • Greenpeace protesters arrested in the Hague

    Police in the Hague have arrested 23 Greenpeace protesters in front of the headquarters of the Anglo-Dutch oil company Shell.

    Greenpeace came to the Shell building to protest about oil drilling around the North pole. They did ...

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