VVD still votes against more flights Schiphol

The VVD party voted against a motion of the PVV that allows more flights to and from Schiphol as Lelystad Airport opens later. As a result, Schiphol can not transfer flights and runs counter to the borders.

Last week VVD MP Dijkstra pleaded for the number of Schiphol flights to be able to rise above the limit of 500,000 flight movements per year. “For the VVD, a lock on aviation is not an option,” Dijkstra said. “That is disastrous for our business climate, for the economy and it costs jobs.” He also pointed out the importance of holidays for hard-working Dutch people.

Today the party still voted against. According to Dijkstra, he only “wanted to throw a stone in the pond”. But the other parties can not really appreciate this action, as it turned out:

PVV MP Graus says in a reaction that the statements of the VVD are not worth anything. “I think he was retaliated by the coalition, he was really on my line”, says Graus. The Party for the Animals speaks of political puppetry. “The VVD isolates itself because of these idiotic growth plans,” says Member of Parliament Van Raan.

The coalition partners CDA and D66 do not like the behavior of the VVD neatly to the residents of Schiphol, but are pleased that the party voted against it today. “It is good that the VVD has come to repentance,” says D66 Member of Parliament Paternotte. “No more than 500,000 flight movements is an agreement with local residents and promise is to blame, as is the government.”

For the motion of the PVV, there had also been no majority with the votes of the VVD MPs. Dijkstra says he will come up with an own idea for growth up to 2020 for which there is a majority in the Chamber.

In the North Sea

Furthermore, Minister Van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure will be investigating whether it is feasible to have an airport or 'main port'. to build in the North Sea. The motion of D66 and 50Plus on this was not voted today, because the minister had already promised that she would carry out the idea.

In December Van Nieuwenhuizen said that an airport in the sea is not realistic. It costs tens of billions, such an airport is far from the civilized world and there are safety risks, including the objections of the VVD minister. Even before the summer she comes with a research design.

'Holiday pay is spent more often, less often spared'

Millions of Dutch people get a lot of extra money into their account this week. It is May, holiday pay month. In previous years, that was often stuck. “That will only be less,” says Marieke Blom, chief economist at ING Netherlands

“There are fewer and fewer people with problematic debts and the housing market is doing well, so fewer and fewer houses are under water.” To save money as a precaution to avoid problems is no longer necessary, thinks the economist. The money buffer is large enough for more and more people now that the crisis is over. Holiday pay is going to roll, it is expected.

“Consumption has already risen sharply during the first three months of this year,” says Blom. She thinks that this trend also continues with the spending of holiday pay. What people spend on the extra is different.

The majority of people usually spend their holiday allowance on what they were originally intended for: vacation. Cindy Taphoorn, sales assistant of a social media company, also wants to use her holiday allowance for this. Until recently she worked full-time. “I'll go back to 32 hours, because I just got a son, three months back.”

Where she wants to go on vacation, she does not know exactly. “We are looking at Spain, Italy, Croatia, a little bit of that corner.” But nothing has been booked yet. “We are planning to go away, but we always decide that last minute”, she says. “That also depends on whether my husband can get free or not.”

Not enough

“We hope it's all right, because it's not very cheap.” The holiday allowance from Cindy and her husband is not enough for a family holiday in high season. “It is not 100% opaque,” says Cindy. “Then you will soon lose 6,000 to 7,000 euros.” And that's where 'the nice things' come in. “We look at what is beneficial, because we are with a large family and together we have four children.” She is considering going into the low season.

Where Cindy and her family are now slowly but surely going to book a holiday, ice maker Jacco Ruben Gasper (21) is busy with very different things. “The holiday allowance comes at a good time,” he says. The young ice maker is getting married in June and has just bought a house. Jacco Ruben has now been working full-time in the ice cream parlor for half a year and has, according to her own estimate, built up a few thousand euros of holiday allowance.

That extra goes to the house and the wedding. “I prefer a house rather than a nice holiday,” he says. And that wedding also costs a lot of money. “We are already almost 15 to 20,000 euros and we have not done any crazy things.”

Incidentally, not everyone receives holiday allowance. Self-employed workers must arrange their holiday allowance themselves. “That's part of it”, says independent aid worker Ivonne Lek. She mainly accompanies people who are becoming demented. She now works for eight years as a self-employed person without staff. “I did not like the work I did then, and I was in the situation that it was safe to quit my job.”

She no longer receives holiday pay, but saves holiday allowance. “If you do not save, you are not doing well.” Now she can go on vacation without a May extra. Next week she leaves with her sister. “Eight days of walking on Madeira.”

Record profit Ryanair after turbulent year, slight worries about the future

Airline Ryanair recorded record profits in the past financial year despite personnel problems. The presentation of the annual results showed that the Irish company was able to credit nearly 1.5 billion euros in profits. That is about 10 percent more than a year earlier. The price fighter fears that the results will be disappointing in the coming years.

This financial year, which started in April, will lower profits several hundred million euros, Ryanair expects. This is mainly because the costs for personnel and fuel are increasing and the rates are rising less quickly than before.

The airline is counting on the number of passengers to grow to some 139 million, but does not think that the cost increases can be compensated for. Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary says he is “on the pessimistic side of caution” about the future.

Internal problems

At the presentation of the annual figures, Ryanair looked back on a turbulent year. Due to a protracted quarrel with pilots and pressure at air traffic control, approximately 20,000 flights were canceled in September and October. Topman O'Leary personally apologized for that at the time.

The problems with the airline still seem to have not been resolved: this weekend Ryanair staff at the Eindhoven airport called in the AD about the poor working conditions.

Ryanair's concerns about the future are not shared by competitor EasyJet. After Ryanair, the airline is Europe's biggest prize fighter and recently said it would expect higher profits in the coming years.

Successful LG CEO Koo Bon-moo (73) died

Koo Bon-moo, the chairman of the South Korean multi-billion dollar LG Group, died at the age of 73. The top man had been ill for a long time and was undergoing treatment in the hospital for about a year.

This year, Koo underwent a number of brain operations. Recently he was admitted to the hospital in Seoul, because he quickly deteriorated. LG reports that he died in the presence of his family.

Koo has been chairman of the LG Group for the past 23 years. Under his leadership, sales increased from about 30 billion in 1995 to over 120 billion euros last year. The billion-dollar business is the fourth largest company in South Korea. The conglomerate is active in the electronics, chemical, telecom and domestic products markets.

Family business

Koo refused further treatment. The entrepreneur leaves behind his wife, two daughters and an adopted son. That son, now 40, is seen as the successor of Koo.

LG Group has been owned by the Koo family since 1947. He took over the company from his father in the 1990s, who had taken over the business from Koo's grandfather. The younger brother of Koo took over the day-to-day management when the CEO became ill.

The family has announced that Koo will be buried in private. LG Group also asks not to send flowers or condolences. Koo, according to his family, did not like complicated formalities and never wanted to be a burden to others.

China and US agree on 'substantial' reduction of trade deficit

China and the United States have agreed on measures to “substantially” reduce the trade deficit of the US with China. The countries reported the agreement in a joint statement after having negotiated in Washington for three days.

The Americans did not manage to pin the Chinese to a specific number, but the decision may take some of the tension between the world powers away.

Import duties

The US currently has a gigantic trade deficit of more than $ 375 billion with China. According to President Trump the result of “bad deals” that have been concluded among his predecessors. Trumps attempts to reduce the trade deficit, including import duties on Chinese products such as steel, have cooled the relationship between countries.

China has reacted in recent months with import levies of tens of billions of dollars on American products, such as soya beans. The trade dispute between the two largest economies of the world was followed with concern by the rest of the world.

China has promised to purchase more American goods and services. According to the Chinese “because it meets the growing consumption needs of the Chinese people and because it is necessary for high-quality economic development”.

Concrete figures were not mentioned after the negotiations. Something that Lawrence Kudlow, Trump's most important economic advisor, did on Friday. He called $ 200 billion “a nice number” when it came to agreements about reducing the trade deficit.

Experts think that the current, vaguer agreement is mainly meant as a breather in the capricious relationship between the US and China. The US will soon send a delegation to China to work out details