The Netherlands is a parliamentary democracy. This means that all Dutch nationals who have the right to vote can choose who represent them in Parliament. Parliament (also known as the States General) consists of the Senate and the House of Representatives. It scrutinises the government and is responsible, with the government, for enacting legislation. Legislation only comes into force after it has been passed by parliament. The government and individual ministers are accountable to parliament.
Rutte tenders government’s resignation
Prime Minister Mark Rutte has tendered the resignation of all the members of the government to Her Majesty Queen Beatrix,...
Rutte to meet EP President
On Tuesday 29 March 2011, Prime Minister Mark Rutte will meet the President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, in The Hague.
Prime minister Rutte to attend European Council
The heads of state and government of the EU member states will meet at the European Council in Brussels on 24 and 25 March 2011.
Prime Minister Rutte: make Europe more competitive
In his meeting yesterday with Herman van Rompuy, the President of the European Council, Prime Minister Mark Rutte called for a...
Prime Minister Rutte to visit British counterpart and European Commission President Barroso
On Monday 24 January, Prime Minister Mark Rutte will meet with his British counterpart, David Cameron. On 25 January, Mark...