Translation:Who is in the government of the new prime minister?
I agree with xMerrie, it's prettier with er, I guess native speakers will almost always include it in sentences like this. I guess this goes for questions about more than one undefined person:
- Wie gaat er mee? = Who is coming along?
- Wie zit er in de commissie? = Who is in the committee?
- Wie houdt er van fietsen? = Who likes biking?
If there is a defined group, to choose from, er seems to be less necessary, in the next sentences it's optional to include it:
- Wie van jullie houdt (er) van fietsen? = Which of you likes biking?
- Welke ministers gaan (er) naar Brussel? = Which ministers go to Brussels?
If I understand you correctly, then, no, because 'er' becomes the subject. Unless, the subject is known, then you don't add 'er' at all. With the exception when it is used as a 'voorlopig onderwerp' (I don't know the English translation, sorry).
- Willem slaat Jan. (Subject = Willem, no 'er' added)
- Jan is door Willem geslagen. (Subject = Jan, no 'er' added)
- Er wordt gelachen. (Subject = 'er', you need 'er')
- Er staat een paard in de gang. (Subject = 'een paard', you don't need 'er', but you have to reconstruct the sentence without 'er')
That depends. In Belgium we have three communities (Flemish, French, German-speaking) and three regions (Flemish, Walloon, Brussels Capital) and the heads of these governments are called "minister-president". On top of that is the federal government, lead by the prime minister/premier.
As one trained in political science and engaged daily in a profession in international affairs for some twenty years, I can say that "Who sits / is sitting in the new prime minister's government?" is entirely correct. When speaking of parliamentary government, it is usual and proper to speak of those "sitting in government" at any given time.
I'm a bit perplexed as to how this issue was raised a year ago, yet the developers have not seen fit to make the correction to accept this translation.
Does "premier" in Dutch only translate to"prime minister," or does it also translate to the English word "premier"? For example we have provincial premiers in Canada that head their own governments - would we also use "premier" for them in Dutch, or is there another word?