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May 26 '17 16:45

VVD leader and current prime minister Mark Rutte is open to restarting with the 'engine' of VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks, but only if green leader Jesse Klaver is willing to come to the table without setting any conditions in advance. Klaver sees no point in continuing the negotiations if the VVD and CDA are not willing to compromise on the immigration and asylum seekers policy, NU.nl reports.

Tired cyclist decides to complete his trip on a stolen tractor, with his bike tied to it, Boekel 26 May 2017
May 26 '17 16:10

A tired cyclist in Boekel came up with the brilliant solution to make the rest of his way home on a stolen tractor. His plan did not work out that great for him - the police caught him a short time later, with his bicycle tied onto the stolen tractor.

This all happened during the early hours of Friday morning, according to the Boekel police on Facebook. "The result is that the man with this 'genius' idea spent the night with us", the police wrote.

The tractor was returned to its owner. 

Tattoo for Jermaine, Bobson Ink's tattoo marathon to raise money for Jermaine de Wind's cancer treatment, 25 May 2017
May 26 '17 15:35

On Thursday tattoo parlor Bobson Ink in Tilburg had a marathon tattooing session to raise money for local resident Jermaine de Wind. The Tilburg man has eight brain tumors and needs expensive treatment that can only be done in the United States. Bobson Ink raised 7 thousand euros for his cause, Omroep Brabant reports. 

May 26 '17 15:00

Belgian customs officers seized nearly 90 million cigarettes in the port of Antwerp last week - one of the largest ever in the port. The shipment came from the Egyptian port of Said and was destined for a company in the Netherlands, ANP reports.

Belgian Minister of Finance Johan van Overtveldt congratulated all involved in this record bust. "The fight against illegal products and fraud is high on the agenda, and we can see that in the results."

The cigarettes involved are so-called Cheap White cigarettes of brands not registered in Belgium. 

Lecture Hall
May 26 '17 14:25

Education organization BON thinks that Dutch universities and colleges offer too many courses in English instead of Dutch to attract foreign students, instead of focusing on whether the switch to English will improve the course. The organization is threatening a lawsuit against the universities and colleges if the new government doesn't implement stricter rules for tertiary institutions in their government agreement, AD reports. 

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May 26 '17 13:50

The student housing shortage in Amsterdam is getting worse and worse, and if nothing is done about it, students will start opting for universities in other Dutch cities, a group of Amsterdam universities, colleges and housing corporations said in an urgent call to the municipality. According to them, Amsterdam needs at least 2 thousand new student homes per year, Het Parool reports. 

Krischan Fischer, escaped from a psych clinic in Bedburg-Hau in Germany, just across the border with Nijmegen, 25 May 2017
May 26 '17 13:15

A dangerous and potentially armed man escaped from a psychiatric facility in Germany, just across the border rom Nijmegen, on Thursday, the police in Kleve, Germany warned on Friday. Sources in the institution describe Krischan Fischer as unpredictable and dangerous, ANP reports.

The 35-year-old man attacked another detainee and two employees in the LVR clinic in Bedburg-Hau on Thursday evening, according to the Gelderlander. He then escaped by climbing over a four meter high wall. 

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May 26 '17 12:40

From July 1st a new law will be implemented in the Netherlands that will allow the Dutch police to use saliva tests to check whether motorists are under the influence of drugs. The police will use the saliva test to quickly check for drug use, after which a proper blood test will be done which will be checked by the Netherlands Forensic Institute, RTL Nieuws reports.

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May 26 '17 12:05

Thepicked up again on Friday. Mediator Edith Schippers is speaking with all party leaders today, either in a personal meeting or over the telephone. She is hoping they come up with new ideas, or get rid of old objections. "That's not simple, but it is necessary", Schippers said according to NOS.

baby
May 26 '17 11:30

The sperm bank in the Rijnstate hospital in Arnhem was caught breaking Dutch rules by using the sperm of 15 donors too often. These 15 donors fathered a total of 548 children with 369 women, meaning that each man fathered an average of 36 children. That's way above the Dutch limit of 25 children per donor. One man even fathered 50 children, the Volkskrant reports based on a report from the Healthcare Inspectorate.

Concertgebouw
May 26 '17 10:55

A performance by Job Jobse and Dixon in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam was cut short during the early hours of Friday morning due to problems with the building's ceiling. The performance was shut down at 1:00 a.m., two hours before the seven hour long party was set to end, Het Parool reports.

Police guard in a detention center
May 26 '17 10:20

Over the past three years 17 criminals in the Netherlands dropped off the radar after a judge released them on bond, the Public Prosecutor confirmed to RTL Nieuws after reports in the Telegraaf. "The highest bond amount paid is a million euros", a spokesperson for the Prosecutor said to the broadcaster.

May 26 '17 09:43

Sunshine and high temperatures are expected for the Netherlands this weekend. Weerplaza expects many Dutch to head towards the beaches, and warns motorists to be ready for traffic jams - be sure to have drinking water and sunscreen in the car.

Holiday
May 26 '17 09:18

First aid posts in Hoek van Holland worked overtime on Thursday, the first day of the 'beach season' in the Netherlands. About 200 people needed treatment after the combination of sun, hot weather, alcohol and drugs became too much for them, the local safety office said on Thursday night, ANP reports. 

Six people had to be taken to hospital for further treatment.

Violence against emergency workers
May 26 '17 09:02

A father and son were arrested in Dordrecht on Thursday after they assaulted an ambulance driver, the Dordrecht police said on Facebook. According to the police, the men did not agree with the paramedics wanting to take a woman to the hospital.

The ambulance responded to Rigelhof in Sterrenburg to help a woman. The paramedics determined that she had to go to the hospital, against the will of her husband and son. After the woman was loaded into the ambulance, and the ambulance was about to leave, the father and son attacked the driver. 

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May 26 '17 08:41

A pedestrian was critically injured in a hit-and-run accident in Arnhem on Thursday night. The driver fled the scene and is still at large, the Gelderlander reports.

The accident happened around 11:30 p.m. on the corner of Velperweg and Arbeidstraat. Witnesses told the police that the man was hit by a white Mercedes. The police call on local residents to keep an eye out for the car and to contact them with any information that could help track the driver down. 

The pedestrian was rushed to the hospital. His condition is unknown.

Sleep
May 26 '17 08:34

A number of Dutch universities break the law with their decentralized selection of new students, student organizations ISO and LSR claim based on their own research. The selection procedures of the University of Amsterdam, Leiden University and University of Groningen are in violation of the law, according to the organizations, ANP reports.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte meets with U.S. president Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a NATO summit in Brussels, 25 May 2017
May 26 '17 08:12

Prime Minister Mark Rutte met U.S. president Donald Trump for the first time at a NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday. The two had a "fine dialog", according to Rutte. "I'm going to build a fine relationship with him", the Dutch Prime Minister said to RTL Nieuws.

Erik Akerboom
May 26 '17 07:40

National Police chief Erik Akerboom decided to maintain the ban on headscarves with police uniforms for the time being. He is shocked by the uproar caused by Amsterdam police chief Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg s in the police, the National Police chief wrote in an internal memo, AD reports.

Gavel
May 25 '17 14:30

A bank employee was dismissed with immediate effect after he was caught spying on family members' bank accounts. A Disciplinary Committee found him guilty of breaking the Banker's Oath and banned him from workng in the banking sector for six months, NU.nl reports based on the ruling.

The employee spied on the banking information of his in-laws, acquaintances, his partner and other family members. 

Mercedes-Benz
May 25 '17 13:55

Mercedes-Benz will provide the Dutch National Police with police cars and buses in the coming years, Automotive Management reports based on "well informed sources".

Summer at the beach
May 25 '17 13:15

While the weather services are forecasting hot and sunny weather in the Netherlands this weekend, with temperatures up to 30 degrees, the sea water is still very cold, the Dutch Rescue Brigade warns. Swimmers may face cramps and hypothermia if they're not careful, AD reports.

This warning applies for the North Sea, but also for inland lakes, canals and other bodies of water. 

Kevin Spacey in Netflix series House of Cards
May 25 '17 12:40

ABN Amro banned the use streaming services Netflix, Spotify and Deezer on company laptops after binge-watching employees nearly crippled the bank's online services, Financieele Dagblad reports based on an internal memo from the bank's IT department. 

The streaming service used so much of the bank's network capacity that customer services were compromised. According to the memo, a full 15 percent of the network capacity went to watching Netflix show House of Cards and streaming the new Kendrick Lamar album.

Mark Rutte, January 2016
May 25 '17 12:00

After weeks of "only" being the VVD leader at the, current Prime Minister Mark Rutte now seems to be taking the lead in attempting to pull the negotiations out of their current impasse. On Wednesday he had one-on-one meetings with D66 leader Alexander Pechtold and CDA leader Sybrand Buma, AD reports.

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