Thursday 24 October 2019

Nitrogen emissions 'need to be cut by 50%'

Government plans to reduce nitrogen pollution by compensating farmers will not be enough to reverse the damage to the environment, new research has found. Scientists at Wageningen Environmental Research wrote in a report that emissions would have to be cut by more than 50% before the natural world experienced any benefit. The research was commissioned by the World WIldlife Fund (WWF). The report was published ahead of a debate in parliament on Thursday on the government’s response to a Council... More >

Dutch 'disappointed' by US Syria plan

Dutch defence minister Ank Bijleveld has said she is ‘disappointed’ that US president Donald Trump did not brief the Netherlands and other countries about his plans to pull out of northern Syria. ‘This is not how you treat each other,’ broadcaster NOS quoted her as saying. ‘Allies should always keep each other informed… and that is what you should be able to expect.’ The minister was speaking during a debate on the defence industry in The Hague, organised by Elsevier... More >

Johan Remkes gets The Hague mayor job

VVD stalward Johan Remkes, 68, is set to take over temporarily as mayor of The Hague following the resignation of Pauline Krikke on Sunday afternoon. Local broadcaster Omroep West said the city council wants to ‘restore calm’ after a turbulent week in which the mayor and two aldermen stood down. Krikke resigned in the wake of the publication of a damning report on city hall failings around the Scheveningen New Year bonfire scandal. And last week two aldermen were forced... More >

Coalition loses majority as MP goes solo

The coalition government has lost its majority in the Lower House after former VVD MP Wybren van Haga confirmed he would be staying in parliament despite being expelled from the party. Parliamentary group chairman Klaas Dijkhoff accused Van Haga of ‘seat snatching’ when he resisted calls to step down so another VVD candidate could take his place, but the MP said he had done nothing wrong. ‘Fortunately the fact is that every MP has the right to their own seat.... More >