Lilian Marijnissen succeeds Emile Roemer as SP leader
Emile Roemer has carefully chosen the timing of his departure from politics. He is standing down as leader of the SP in good time to allow his successor Lilian Marijnissen to prepare for the forthcoming local elections.
The Netherlands has escaped being labelled as a tax haven by the skin of it teeth. That is the conclusion to be drawn from the outcome of a vote in the European Parliament yesterday afternoon. The text in which the Netherlands, together with Ireland, Malta and Luxembourg, was described as a tax haven, was rejected, but only because the vote was tied at 327 for and 327 against with 24 abstentions.
Migration policy set to cause tension at EU summit
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There must be more room in the EU budget to tackle illegal migration. The current practice that member states provide money on an ad hoc basis is unsustainable. Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, will confront the 28 government leaders gathering for their last EU summit of this year with that message today.