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Dutch MPs take lead to weaken EU prosecutor plans

01.07.14 @ 09:28

Dutch MPs are spearheading national efforts to weaken a European Commission proposal to set up an EU-wide public prosecutor (EPPO). Their envoy and national EPPO rapporteur is Ard van der Steur from the liberal VVD ...

Post EU ElectionsDutch eurosceptics defiant after EU vote

27.06.14 @ 18:01

If “European dinosaurs” like Jean-Claude Juncker and Martin Schulz get appointed to top jobs in the European Commission and Parliament, then the European institutions are ignoring the voters of eurosceptic parties, said ...

EU to launch corporate tax probe into Ireland and others

11.06.14 @ 09:28

The European Commission is to launch a formal investigation into whether tax breaks used to attract international companies breach the EU’s state aid rules. The probe, which is likely to target Ireland, Luxembourg and ...

Post EU ElectionsWilders says he wants to take up EP seat

10.06.14 @ 18:46

Geert Wilders announced Tuesday (10 June) that he has started a legal procedure to take up his seat in the European Parliament without having to give up his seat in the Dutch national parliament. Such a 'dual mandate' ...

Post EU ElectionsWilders' party suffers blow, according to exit poll

23.05.14 @ 07:34

The pro-European D66 and the Christian-Democrat CDA parties appear to be the winners of the elections in the Netherlands for the European Parliament. Meanwhile, Geert Wilders' far-right Freedom party (PVV) lost almost 5 ...

Post EU ElectionsCivil society to reveal Dutch results despite EU ban

22.05.14 @ 14:16

A medieval church in downtown Utrecht is one of the ten thousand locations where the Dutch electorate can cast their ballot for the European Parliament today (May 22). The members of the polling station will start ...

Post EU ElectionsThousands able to vote twice in EU elections

22.05.14 @ 09:51

The Swedish election board in Solna should have received a complete data file of Swedish citizens voting in Denmark by 28 April the latest. It did not arrive. "We must have access to this data 30 days before the day of ...

Post EU ElectionsEU elections under way in Netherlands and UK

22.05.14 @ 09:30

The 2014 EU elections got under way in The Netherlands and in the UK on Thursday (22 May), with Dutch voters starting at 7.30am local time and British voters at 8am British time. The results will not be available until ...

Post EU ElectionsCommission hopefuls largely unknown on streets of Europe

21.05.14 @ 09:33

In the EU capital of Brussels there has been much political kerfuffle around Spitzenkandidaten – the six politicians campaigning to be the next president of the European Commission. The run-up to this week's vote has ...

Post EU ElectionsBelgium, Spain, France field most senior MEPs in EU vote

19.05.14 @ 09:28

Is the European Parliament an important institution to which political heavyweights should be sent? Or is it a place for potential talent to learn the metier, away from their member state's capital? Opinions on the ...

Post EU ElectionsDutch asked to declare their love for EU

09.05.14 @ 09:27

The Netherlands might not be the first country where you would look for Europhiles. But they exist, according to a member of the Dutch parliament, Jesse Klaver. And he is calling on all pro-European Dutch citizens to ...

Post EU ElectionsEuro-exit parties fail to do their maths

07.05.14 @ 09:28

What is the price of a monetary union, or of leaving one, for that matter? These questions are now being raised by the eurosceptic parties that are gathering momentum in Germany, the Netherlands and Finland, all ...

Post EU ElectionsDutch euroscepticism moves mainstream

28.04.14 @ 09:22

In the Netherlands, voters who are critical of the speed or intensity of European integration have plenty of alternatives to the populist right. The country has eurosceptic progressive and conservative parties too. Take ...

Post EU ElectionsAlmost half of Dutch want to limit EU powers

01.04.14 @ 09:25

Barry Madlener of the far-right party, PVV, yesterday asked his colleagues in the Dutch parliament: "Do you want more or less European Union?" The answer was an awkward silence. The phrasing Madlener used was loaded ...

Post EU ElectionsDutch extremists in disarray after anti-Moroccan chant

24.03.14 @ 09:29

Will extreme right parties in Europe finally succeed in forming a group in the European Parliament? Chances were looking good until last Wednesday (19 March) when Dutch politician Geert Wilders led an anti-Moroccan ...

Post EU ElectionsAutocratic Wilders preaches against 'undemocratic' EU

12.03.14 @ 09:20

Although he has never held a position in government, Geert Wilders is probably more famous in Europe than his Prime Minister Mark Rutte. And his plans to cooperate with other eurosceptic rightist politicians such as ...

Post EU ElectionsDutch parties dress in same colours at EU level

26.02.14 @ 09:26

In a recent speech, Dutch MEP Sophie in 't Veld tried to distinguish her liberal-democrat party D66 from Liberal and Labour, the two parties that are currently in a national government coalition. Speaking about the way ...

Post EU ElectionsDutch EU elections: 'Are you for or against Europe?'

17.02.14 @ 09:29

On a recent Saturday afternoon in January, volunteers in the Dutch city of Utrecht were handing out soup and hot chocolate on behalf of the ruling coalition’s centre-left Labour Party. There was an open air event, with ...

Wilders report: Dutch families would be €10,000 better off out of EU

06.02.14 @ 17:55

Leaving the European Union would boost the Dutch economy by between 10 and 13 percent, and be worth nearly €10,000 per household, according to a report commissioned by Geert Wilders' Freedom party. The study, published ...

FocusEU's young people lag behind on maths target

03.12.13 @ 17:16

The EU's 15-year olds have seen only slight improvements in their reading, science and maths skills since 2009, with worse scores in reading than US students and in all three subject areas than their Japanese ...

Eurozone unemployment down first time since 2011

29.11.13 @ 17:54

Unemployment in the eurozone fell for the first time since February 2011, according to figures released on Friday (29 November). The jobless rate fell to 12.1 percent in October 2013, according to EU statistical agency ...

FocusEducation report to 'scare' EU ministers into action

08.10.13 @ 16:30

Policy-makers are hoping a first-ever assessment of education standards across EU states will "scare the dickens" out of politicians as vast differences in standards and quality are revealed between countries. The study ...

Netherlands attacks 'creeping' EU powers

22.06.13 @ 16:15

The Netherlands, one of the Union's six founding countries, has attacked "creeping" EU interference in people's day-to-day lives. Its coalition government said in a memo published on Friday (21 June): "The Netherlands ...

National parliaments eclipsed by EU powers

28.05.13 @ 18:53

The EU financial crisis has prompted centralisation of economic and budgetary powers in Brussels, while national parliaments struggle to fulfil their role as democratic watchdogs. The issue will be highlighted on ...

Criminals exploiting EU travel freedoms, Dutch data shows

15.03.13 @ 11:59

Fresh data from Dutch police shows how irregular migrants and criminals exploit the EU's passport-free borders. Under the rules of the so-called Schengen Area, which covers all EU countries except Bulgaria, Cyprus, ...

Dutch PM: Eurozone needs exit clause

01.02.13 @ 17:14

The EU should have legal mechanisms for countries to leave the euro, says Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. In a letter released on Thursday (31 January) responding to a question in the Dutch Parliament, Rutte and his ...

Dijsselbloem to chair Eurogroup despite Spanish opposition

22.01.13 @ 09:28

Jeroen Dijisselbloem has been appointed chair of the 17-member Eurogroup after eurozone finance ministers rubber-stamped his appointment in Brussels. At a meeting on Monday (21 January) the Dutch finance minister was ...

Dutch pro-Europe parties win heated election

13.09.12 @ 09:30

Pro-European parties swept to victory in Dutch elections on Wednesday (13 September) despite concerns that eurosceptics would increase their influence on future decision-making powers. Some 96 percent of the votes had ...

Tough talk on Europe as Dutch go to polls

12.09.12 @ 08:39

When Mark Rutte last week on live TV was asked whether he would do everything to keep the eurozone together, he said no. The caretaker prime minister of the Netherlands, debating with contenders for today's elections ( ...

FocusSillicon valley know-how aims to conquer EU solar market

11.09.12 @ 12:39

The long list of California cool making its way into European homes got a little longer this year, when a solar company from Amsterdam acquired the license to a new technology to calculate a building’s propensity to ...

Dutch set to defy austerity as left takes poll lead

24.08.12 @ 19:54

The left-wing Socialist party is expected to seize the largest gains in September's Dutch elections, threatening to deprive German Chancellor Angela Merkel of one of her closest allies in response to the eurozone debt ...

Dutch far-right opens new, anti-EU website

03.08.12 @ 10:09

In a replay of events earlier this year when it launched an anti-immigrant website, the Dutch far-right Party for Freedom (PVV) has set up a new protest portal - this time against the EU. The website decries the high ...

Brussels defends Dutch border control project

05.07.12 @ 16:59

Existing Dutch border mobile surveillance and a new camera system to be launched in August on the Belgian and German borders do not contravene rules governing the EU passport-free area, the European Commission says. " ...

Brussels hits out at 'nutty NGOs' and corporate sharks

07.06.12 @ 09:27

The European Commission has said EU freedom of information rules should be tightened up because corporate lawyers and NGOs abuse the system. Its spokesman, Antony Gravili, told EUobserver on Wednesday (6 June) that most ...

EU takes aim at Israeli settler products

15.05.12 @ 09:22

EU foreign ministers have "warned" Israel they will take a tougher approach to exports originating in illegal settlements on Palestinian land. The ministers in a statement on Monday (14 May) detailing Israel's long-term ...

Opposition parties rescue Dutch budget plan

27.04.12 @ 08:40

Opposition parties in The Netherlands have salvaged budget-cutting plans designed to protect the country's triple-A rating and to meet EU targets. The left-wing Christenunie, the liberal D66 and the Groenlinks parties ...

EU commission: Dutch crisis no reason to dodge rules

23.04.12 @ 18:04

The Netherlands must keep its commitments to reduce its budget deficit in line with rules it co-authored in 1997 during the Dutch EU presidency, irrespective of the political crisis in the country, the EU commission ...

EU politicians express concern over rise of far-right

23.04.12 @ 17:45

EU leaders share responsibility for the rise in popularity of anti-European parties, the European Commission said Monday (23 April) but rejected the notion that austerity measures are contributing to the trend. Speaking ...

Dutch government unravels over Brussels budget rules

22.04.12 @ 09:17

Talks on Brussels-based budget cuts have collapsed in the Netherlands, creating the likelihood of snap elections after the summer recess. The development came on Saturday (21 April) - after more than seven weeks of ...

Dutch government wobbles over EU budget talks

29.03.12 @ 20:22

In what opposition parties have called "a very strange display", the Dutch coalition government on Thursday (29 March) narrowly managed to avert collapse as it continues to haggle over spending cuts needed to bring it ...

Dutch far-right defector raises calls for snap elections

20.03.12 @ 20:29

Hero Brinkman, a Dutch MP, has announced his departure from the far-right PVV party headed by Geert Wilders, raising doubts over the survival of the current government. "As a convinced democrat, I can no longer function ...

MEPs unite over Dutch anti-immigrant hotline

15.03.12 @ 20:49

MEPs from across the political spectrum have united against an anti-immigrant internet hotline set up by the party of controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders. Deputies from all political groups - aside from the ...

Dutch PM refuses to denounce anti-immigrant website

14.02.12 @ 19:32

Pressure is mounting on Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to publicly distance himself from a website, calling on citizens to file complaints about people from central and eastern Europe residing in the Netherlands. ...

Dutch far right opens anti-Polish hotline

09.02.12 @ 17:47

The Dutch far-right Freedom Party (PVV), a key ally of the centre-right coalition government, on Wednesday (8 February) opened up a website to collect complaints about people from Central and Eastern Europe residing in ...

Dutch minister: Border cameras do not break EU law

31.01.12 @ 10:16

The Dutch interior minister has told Brussels his new border cameras will catch illegal immigrants without breaking EU rules. Gerd Leers defended the project - which has already seen military-grade surveillance ...

Netherlands defends border control project

03.01.12 @ 09:30

The Dutch interior ministry has said new cameras for screening people who enter the country by car will not violate EU laws on free movement or privacy. In what looks like a fresh attack on the Schengen passport-free ...

Dutch support for eurozone rescue plan at risk

02.11.11 @ 09:40

Adding to uncertainty over the fate of the latest eurozone rescue plan after Greece announced it will seek the approval of its people in a referendum, the Dutch parliament on Tuesday (1 November) said it will not yet ...

Dutch parliament may not approve eurozone reforms

26.10.11 @ 09:14

The Dutch minority government might not be able to find a majority in parliament to approve the big eurozone reforms expected to be negotiated today in Brussels as both government and parliament during a six-hour long ...

Dutch PM clashes with parliament over EU summit

22.10.11 @ 21:39

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte clashed with parliament in the Hague on Saturday, over his refusal to elaborate on the government’s position at Sunday's eurozone summit for fear of giving away its negotiation strategy. ...

Dutch minister pledges EU action on murdered Russian lawyer

26.09.11 @ 09:28

Dutch foreign minister Uri Rosenthal has promised to "raise the possibility" of EU sanctions against Russian officials suspected of murdering lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. Rosenthal in a formal letter to parliament dated 12 ...