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2018

Kick-off parliamentary year 2018-2019

The Machiavelli Foundation traditionally organized the kick-off of the parliamentary season, by inviting two chairmen of political factions on the first day of parliament. Fraction chairmen Sybrand van Haersma Buma (CDA) and Lilian Marjinissen (SP) elaborated on their primary political themes for this year, and how they see their own roles in these subjects. The event was moderated by reporters Carla Joosten (Elsevier Weekblad), and Martin Sommer (Volkskrant).
2018

Campaign leaders debate Municipal elections 2018

The morning after the municipal elections, the Machiavelli Foundation traditionally organized the campaign leaders debate, in which the campaign was reviewed. The debate took place on March 22 in press-centre Nieuwspoort. Campaign leaders of the VVD, CDA, D66, GroenLinks, SP and PvdA, and Leefbaar Rotterdam participated in the debate, moderated by Wilco Boom (parliamentary reporter of the NOS). In the debate, the ups and downs of this campaign season were reviewed. The goals, objectives, targets, and expectations for each campaign team were topic of discussion.
2017

Kick-off parliamentary year 2017-2018 with Roemer (SP) and Segers (CU)

On Tuesday 5 September the Machiavelli Foundation traditionally kicked-off the parliamentary year in Nieuwspoort with two group chairmen. This year, Emile Roemer (SP) and Gert-Jan Segers (ChristenUnie), under supervision of Volkskrant journalist Martin Sommer, looked forward to the forthcoming political year and what, according to them, becomes important and their own role in it. This included the ongoing formation negotiations and the expected coalition agreement. The meeting was broadcasted live on NPO Politiek24.
2017

Campaign leaders debate parliamentary elections March 2017

After the Parliamentary elections on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, the Machiavelli Foundation organized the traditional campaign leaders debate on Thursday morning, March 16th, in which the participants looked back on the campaigns. This breakfast debate took place in Press Center Nieuwspoort.
The following campaign leaders participated in the debate: Bas Erlings (VVD), Hans Spekman (PvdA), Hans Janssens (CDA), Sjoerd Sjoerdsma (D66) and Wijnand Duyvendak (GroenLinks). Among other things, there was talk about the highlights and the low points during the campaign. What were the goals of the campaign teams? How did they want to realize this and to what extent did it succeed? And have there been any game changers in the campaign? All these questions have been discussed extensively under the guidance of Wilco Boom (parliamentary reporter of the NOS).
2016

Kick-off parliamentary year 2016-2017 with Samso, (PvdA) and Pechtold (D66)

The Machiavelli Foundation kicked-off the parliamentary year 2016-2017 in press center Nieuwspoort with Diederik Samsom (PvdA) and Alexander Pechtold (D66). Under the supervision of Volkskrant journalist Martin Sommer, they explained what, according to them, the coming political year will bring and how they see their own role. The meeting was broadcasted live for the first time through Politiek24.
2016

Campaign leaders debate on referendum association treaty Ukraine

On 6 April, a majority of more than 60 percent voted against the association treaty with Ukraine. The turn-out was just above the threshold of 30 percent and thus the referendum was valid. The Machiavelli Foundation looked back with the campaign leaders of both the yes camp and the no-camp.
The debate was attended by Thierry Baudet (Forum for Democracy), Michiel van Hulten (Vote for the Netherlands), Hans Janssens (CDA), Hans van Heijningen (SP), Kees Verhoeven (D66), Olaf Stuger (PVV) and Han ten Broeke (VVD). Under supervision of Wilco Boom (parliamentary reporter of the NOS), they debated about the highlights and the low points during the campaign and on the significance of the turn-out and the outcome.
2015

Machiavelli kicks-off on Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Since 2014, the Machiavelli Foundation has a new tradition: kicking-off a new parliamentary year. This preview will take place on the first meeting day of the Parliament.
This year, group chairmen Sybrand Buma (CDA) and Jesse Klaver (GroenLinks) took part in the meeting in Nieuwspoort. They shared their expectations for the new parliamentary year. They spoke about their influence on the government, plans and expectations. Buma and Klaver also talked about how the European Union and the Netherlands deal with the flow of refugees coming to Europe from various conflict areas in the world. The meeting was led by Volkskrant journalist Martin Sommer.
2015

Campaign Leaders Provincial Elections on Thursday, March 19th

Traditionally, the Machiavelli Foundation organizes the campaign leaders debate in the morning after the election. In that debate, campaign leaders of political parties reflect on the campaign. This debate also took place after these elections.
The debate was attended by Pieter Paul Slikker (PvdA), Hans Janssens (CDA), Maarten Hijink (SP), Kees Verhoeven (D66) and Wijnand Duyvendak (GroenLinks) and led by Wilco Boom (parliamentary reporter of the NOS). The debate took place on Thursday 19 March, in Nieuwspoort Press Center in The Hague.
2014

Machiavelli kicks-off on Tuesday, September 2, 2014

As of September 2014, the Machiavelli Foundation launched a new tradition: a preview of the parliamentary year. This year, the group chairmen Kees van der Staaij (SGP) and Halbe Zijlstra (VVD) took part in the meeting. They gave their vision of what the next political year is going to bring. They talked about their plans, expectations and their political fears. In conclusion, there was an opportunity to ask questions.
2014

Campaign leaders debate European parliamentary elections on Monday, May 26th

As tradition is now, the Machiavelli Foundation held a campaign leaders debate after the elections. Even after the recent European parliamentary elections, this breakfast debate was reversed on the campaign.
During the debate, Pieter Paul Slikker (PvdA), Han ten Broeke (VVD), Hans Janssens (CDA), Maarten Hijink (SP), Kees Verhoeven (D66) and Gert-Jan Segers (CU) participated and were supervised by Wilco Boom (parliamentary reporter of the NOS). They discussed the highlights and the low points during the campaign. What objectives did the parties have? How did you want to realize this and to what extent did they succeed? The question was also asked what it was like to campaign in a time of a predominantly negative European sentiment. 
2014

Campaign leaders debate municipal elections on Thursday, March 20th

As tradition is now, the Machiavelli Foundation held a campaign leaders debate in the morning after the elections. After the municipal elections of March 20, 2014, this breakfast debate took place as well. It looked back on the campaign. The debate was attended by Hans Spekman (PvdA), Hans Janssens (CDA), Maarten Hijink (SP), Kees Verhoeven (D66) and Ronald Buijt (Leefbaar Rotterdam) and led by Wilco Boom (parliamentary reporter of the NOS) . They discussed the highlights and the low points of the campaign. What objectives did the parties have? How did they want to realize this and did they succeed? And to what extent does national politics have an influence on local results?
2012

Editors-in-Chief debate December 6, "The media account for themselves"

On Thursday, December 6, 2012, the traditional editors-in-chief lunch debate took place. The formation between VVD and PvdA will go down in history as one of the fastest and one of the quietest post-war cabinet formations. How do the media look back on it? Was it more quiet than other times? Why did so little information come out? And did this method have consequences for news reporting after the formation was completed? Was the "care premium uprising" a typical media hype or a predictable consequence of a quiet and rapid formation process? These and other questions were discussed on 6 December. Participants included: Wouter Bax (Nu.nl), Marcel Gelauff (NOS), Christiaan Ruesink (AD) and Harm Taselaar (RTL).
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