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Questions related to the government or politics of The Kingdom of the Netherlands. The tag may be used for questions relating to any of the four constituent countries: Aruba, Curaçao, the Netherlands and Sint Maarten.

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Examples of dramatic political conversions

I was recently reading about Joram van Klaveren, one time MP and member of the Dutch far right, Islamophobic Party For Freedom lead by Geert Wilders. He was well known for his anti-Islamic rhetoric ...
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What's the PVV position on trade with China?

How much decoupling [if any] are they saying they are after? E.g. do they want to limit imports from China, if so how much and by what means? Likewise for exports, e.g. do they support limiting tech ...
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Does the PVV want to stop all support for Ukraine?

The Guardian: The European Greens said today that if VVD joins a coalition with Geert Wilders’ far-right PVV, it should be expelled from the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). ...
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Could opposition parties in the Netherlands form a coalition against Geert Wilders?

Geert Wilders' PVV party appears to have taken the largest number of seats in the Dutch election. However, thirty seven seats is far short of the 76 needed for a majority in the 150 seat parliament, ...
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What's the point of bringing a torture case in Syria at the ICJ? Can't Syria unilaterally block that?

BBC reported on June 12, 2023: The Netherlands and Canada have submitted a case against Syria to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over allegations of torture. I thought that [binding] cases ...
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Is membership in the European Parliament compatible with membership in the Electoral College for Non-Residents?

When browsing through the lists of candidates for the elections for the Electoral College Non-Residents in The Netherlands on 15 March 2023, I recognised some names of candidates who are currently ...
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In the Dutch senate elections, how is the weighting for the electoral college for non-residents determined?

In The Netherlands, the Senate is elected by members of the provincial parliaments as well as the electoral colleges for the Senate, where the electoral colleges represent voters who do not live in a ...
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Is the US position to block Deep UV immersion lithography equipment and technology from reaching China a "blockade" or "unfair practice"?

Different but related: How the US (and five others) define "economic coercion" they condemn, and differentiate it from the economic tools they use to pressure countries? The South China ...
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Why would Gazprom operate (the maintenance of) TurkStream through a Dutch subsidiary?

According to Gazprom (as quoted by RFERL) the Dutch government has suspended the license of South Stream Transport B.V., which apparently is a Gazprom subsidiary registered in the Netherlands. South ...
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What did the Dutch law commission find about their own military participation in Iraq (2003-2005)?

As I don't speak/read Dutch, the most detailed article I found about this is in Der Spiegel. In summary (from there), the Dutch law commission found that the 2003 invasion of Iraq was illegal that ...
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What's the investigative process for suspicions of fraudulent votes by proxy at the polling station level in the Netherlands?

According to a recent article by Dutch public broadcaster NOS, two mayors have reported suspicions of election fraud because of the high percentage of votes by proxy in certain polling stations. The ...
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Would a Constitutional court make sense in The Netherlands?

Unlike many other countries, The Netherlands has no constitutional court. Article 120 of our constitution even says: De rechter treedt niet in de beoordeling van de grondwettigheid van wetten en ...
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What does 'equivalency of the four countries' mean in the context of the Charter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands?

The Charter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands uses the word gelijkwaardigheid (equivalency) as opposed to gelijkheid (equality) between the four countries (the Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao and Sint ...
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Why did the FvD board opt for suspending former leader Baudet, rather than letting him run in a board approved leadership election?

Over the past few days, the Dutch party Forum voor Democratie (FvD) has been in the news a lot. Thierry Baudet's Dutch Wikipedia page describes the events of the past few days as follows: Op 23 ...
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Which provision allowed Turkish speakers in the Netherlands to vote without Dutch proficiency?

An accepted answer to an unrelated question includes the statement: I myself am a Dutch conservative and personally find it ridiculous that some of our districts have voting ballots that are not in ...
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Why were housing cooperatives prohibited in The Netherlands until 2015?

In a housing cooperative the residents of an apartment block jointly own the building as a cooperative and pay rent to their own organisation, which is democratically controlled by all residents/...
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What is the ethnic composition of the two houses of the Dutch parliament?

The Dutch Parliament has two houses, the "first" (higher) and "second" (lower). How many of the members of each house are ethnically Dutch (for whatever reasonable definition of ...
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Where does Starbucks Europe pay taxes?

I've heard that when Starbucks was doing tax evasion (by exporting all their benefits in the Netherlands and then claiming that they don't have any benefits in the UK and France for example). I've ...
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Who has the power to dissolve the House of Representatives in the Netherlands?

Wikipedia says If the House of Representatives is dissolved, due to a severe conflict between the House of Representatives and cabinet, or within the cabinet, a snap election takes place as soon as ...
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How can I follow the civil case against IDF former chief Gantz in the Netherlands?

Last month, a case began to be heard in the Hague - in a Dutch court, not an international court - against the former head of the Israeli military and now a prime-ministerial hopeful, Benjamin (Benny) ...
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How intensively has FvD campaigned for or against The Netherlands exiting the EU?

In the 2019 provincial elections, Forum voor Democratie (FVD) is set to win the most seats in the Dutch Senate (see picture from the Dutch broadcaster NOS below). I haven't really followed their ...
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Is it fascist/racist to doubly punish for people who live in "poor" areas? [closed]

Suppose a government is going to doubly punish for crimes committed by people who live in certain areas. Those areas are selected by a combination of all of the following criteria: lots of foreigners ...
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GRU agents expelled – why not charged?

On the 13th of April the Netherlands uncovered a Russian operation in The Hague. Multiple newspapers have picked up the story in the last days. The Netherlands expelled the acting agents, who were ...
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Is a Dutch referendum valid if the no-vote exceeds the yes-vote, but does not exceed 50%?

In the Dutch Intelligence and Security Services Act referendum, 2018, preliminary results indicate 47.3% of votes in favour and 48.8% of votes in opposition, with the remaining votes blank and a ...
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Why did the Dutch government put XTC/MDMA as a hard drug?

https://www.government.nl/topics/drugs/difference-between-hard-and-soft-drugs Schedule I lists the substances classified as hard drugs, for example heroin, cocaine, amphetamine, ecstasy and GHB. ...
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Does Pete Hoekstra, the US Ambassador to the Netherlands, speak Dutch?

The language abilities of an ambassador, and his/her choice of language, can be a reflection of his/her qualifications and/or the face he/she chooses to present to the country to which they are ...
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How does legalized prostitution affect human trafficking, if at all?

When reading up on prostitution in places like Nevada, Greece, Mexico, Germany, the Netherlands, et cetera; one reoccurring theme I keep see popping up is that Human Trafficking seems to become a ...
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Can the Tweede Kamer or anyone else withdraw a law if an advisory referendum on it has already been requested?

Edit 2018-08-28: The law in question has been retracted as of 2018-07-10, so this question is now of historical interest only. In The Netherlands, the Wet Raadgevend Referendum (Law Advisory ...
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How does the Leefbarometer score liveability based on the share of people from Morocco, Surinam, and Turkey?

The Dutch government publishes a Leefbarometer (Livability barometer) which scores every neighbourhood on a list of 100 indicators on the dimensions homes, inhabitants, facilities, safety, and ...
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Are UK, the Netherlands and Germany considering pension fund reformation after stress tests of pension funds results?

According to this article, pension funds in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany face an “existential threat” because of their precarious financial positions: Sven Giegold, a member of the European ...
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Why does the Dutch PVV oppose spending on innovation?

From the electoral manifesto of the Dutch Partij voor de Vrijheid (PVV): Geen geld meer naar ontwikkelingshulp, windmolens, kunst, innovatie, omroep, enz. which means No money anymore to ...
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Why focus on reduction of public debt when private debt is much larger?

According to the OECD, in The Netherlands, public debt is 78% of GDP and private household debt is 277% of GDP. Eurozone rules require a budget deficit of no more than 3% (not sure if this depends on ...
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Why does the Socialist Party (Netherlands) perform poorly among voters abroad?

In the Dutch general election, 2017 the overall result⁰ for the largest parties was: VVD 21.3%, PVV 13.1%, CDA 12.5%, D66 12.0%, SP 9.2%, Groenlinks 8.9%, PvdA 5.7%, CU 3.4%, PvdD 3.1% (for details ...
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Basis for the Dutch authorities denying a Turkish minister access to a Turkish consulate [duplicate]

A few days ago, the Turkish family minister Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya was prevented from entering the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam, where she was going, it seems, as part of the organization of a ...
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Turkish FM denied speaking to supporters in Europe

What I would like to know though is whether there is historical precedence for foreign heads of state to address followers in other countries. In the case of the Netherlands and Germany they refused ...
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Why was Çavuşoğlus (planned) campaign visit to The Netherlands and Germany controversial?

In March 2017, the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte declared that the Turkish minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu was not welcome to campaign among eligible Turkish voters in The Netherlands for a yes vote in ...
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Does any legislation permit three or more legal parents?

In The Netherlands, a group of eight political parties (representing 75% of the 2012 parliament and still >60% of the 2017 parliament according to current polls) has pledged, following an earlier ...
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What happens when a Dutch party wins more seats than they have candidates listed for?

When looking at the list of candidates for the upcoming election for the Tweede Kamer, I can't help but feel that some parties are overly confident or overly optimistic. For instance, both the VVD and ...
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How does a very developed country become permeable to populism?

Recently, I have seen some TV news about elections in Netherlands and how a political analyst explained about the populists recent success. This article tells about the elections to come and touches ...
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Apart from mayor, what other political positions have a maximum age in The Netherlands?

The mayor of The Hague (Den Haag) in The Netherlands, Jozias van Aartsen, is stepping down. He has reached the age of 69 years, and in The Netherlands, this is the maximum age for a mayor, at which ...
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How does the Dutch system for preferential votes (*voorkeursstemmen*) work?

In parliamentary elections in The Netherlands, voters can vote for a party and preferentially for a specific candidate. How does this preferential voting work? Source: http://www....
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Why do some parties but not others have logos in the new Dutch ballot paper (stembiljet)?

In the new ballot paper (stembiljet) for the Dutch general election, 2017, some parties have logos whereas others do not, as shown below. Why? Source: http://www.stemmenvanuithetbuitenland.nl ...
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For the Dutch general election, how many candidates can be on a list?

According to the Dutch language Wikipedia, any party list for Dutch general elections can list 30 candidates or twice the number of seats they received at the previous elections, whatever is most. ...
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How does NOS determine invitees for electoral debates?

In the NOS election debates for the Dutch General election, 2017, invited parties include all 11 parties that gained seats at the previous elections as well as the new parties Nieuwe Wegen, ...
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Why does Jezus Leeft receive a lower list number than StemNL despite participating in a smaller number of constituencies?

According to the Proces-verbaal geldigheid kandidatenlijsten (PDF, 5.4 MB), page 707: Vervolgens zijn de overige kandidatenlijsten genummerd in de volgorde van het aantal kieskringen waarvoor de ...
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How would the PVV choose the people to sit in the seats they win?

I was reading this article (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38253122), and the following points don't seem to fit together. Dutch voters choose a new government in March 2017 and if the polls ...
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Why do the Dutch Euro coins have a religious inscription on their edge?

The euro coins for 1 and 2 euros allow for an inscription on the edge of the coin. Each country is allowed to use an inscription of their choosing. (Euro coins allow for a national side as well, for ...
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What authority does the Benelux parliament have?

Today I discovered there is such a thing as a Benelux Parliament. However, neither the Wikipedia page nor the official website (Dutch and French only) give a whole lot of information on what it ...
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Taking over cellphone when texting while driving [closed]

The following appeared on the national news site of the Netherlands this morning: Minister Schultz zint op maatregelen om te voorkomen dat een automobilist onder het rijden kan appen of sms'en. De ...
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Is a Dutch political party's program allowed to contradict the constitution prima facie?

Several days ago, the Dutch PVV party published a program with several anti-Islamic measures including the closure of mosques and a ban on the Quran. Now, without getting into the actual political ...
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