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Questions tagged [netherlands]

Questions related to the government or politics of The Netherlands (or informally known as Holland).

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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?

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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How and why did the Netherlands stop Japanese citizens from working without a permit?

I came across a Japanese-language article saying that Japanese citizens will no longer be able to work in the Netherlands without a permit. Recently they were able to do so because of an existing ...
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Do TTIP and CETA ratification in The Netherlands require primary legislation that can be subject to a consultative referendum?

In The Netherlands, the Wet raadgevend referendum (Advisory Referendum Act) states that most types of primary laws can be subjected to a suspensory, non-binding referendum if requested shortly after ...
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How did Geert Wilders and the PVV rise to such popularity? What are their chances of governing?

In the Dutch general election of 2012 the rightwing populist party Party for Freedom (PVV) under leader Geert Wilders received 10.1%. The next general election will take place no later than March 2017,...
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Do Caribbean countries have standing against colonial countries for slave reparations?

A new lawsuit is being filed in the International Court at Haugue for slave reparations. Fourteen Caribbean countries that once sustained that slave economy now want Mr. Hague to put his money ...
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What analogues exist for the Dutch Centraal Planbureau outside The Netherlands, if any?

In The Netherlands, the Centraal Planbureau (Central Planning Bureau, Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis) is an independent government agency that delivers economic analysis of policy plans, among ...
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Why is the Reformed Political Party Youth the largest political youth organisation in The Netherlands?

In The Netherlands, the Reformed Political Party Youth (Dutch: Staatkundig Gereformeerde Partij-jongeren) is the largest political youth organisation, with 12000 members. They are allied to the ...
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What differences exist between the platforms of the Socialistische Partij and the Partij voor de Dieren?

In The Netherlands, the Socialistische Partij is a socialist party, founded in 1974, entered parliament in 1994, and presently one of the 4th largest party in parliament and the 3rd largest by members....