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Tourists camping outside a hotel on Greek island Kos after an earthquake, 21 Jul 2017
Jul 21 '17 11:30

Travel organization TUI currently has 2,721 Dutch tourists on the Greek islands of Kos and Kras. The organization is not planning an immediate evacuation of Dutch people on Kos, which was early on Friday morning.

Jul 20 '17 15:30

Food products imported from the United States and sold in Dutch stores often don't comply with European laws and regulation, Foodwatch announced after investigating 86 such products sold by Albert Heijn, Jumbo and Jamin, among others.

According to the watchdog, none of the products fully complied with EU laws. "We already suspected that there are problems in the supervision on these types of American import products, but that not one product from a sample of over 80 products fully complied with European regulation is really scary", Foodwatch said in a statement. 

Greenpeace calls on Nuon to close its Hemweg coal plant in a protest at the energy company's Amsterdam headquarters, 20 Jul 2017
Jul 20 '17 12:10

About 25 people from environmental group Greenpeace are protesting in front of the Nuon headquarters in Amsterdam on Thursday, calling on the power company to close its coal power plant on Hemweg. Five of the protesters are locked in a glass meeting room and they hung a big banner on the Nuon building's facade calling for the coal plant to be closed, NU.nl reports.

The Greenpeace activists plan to stay in front of the building until the energy company agrees to talk to them about closing the Hemweg power plant.

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Jul 20 '17 08:44

Unemployment in the Netherlands dropped to 4.9 percent of the labor force in June, Statistics Netherlands announced on Thursday. This is the first time since the summer of 2011 that less than 5 percent of the labor force are unemployed.

Over the past three months the number of unemployed people in the Netherlands fell by an average of 6 thousand per month to 446 thousand in June. The number of people with paid work increased by an average of 11 thousand per month over that same period.

Jul 19 '17 15:40

The Netherlands can close all its coal plants, but only if a national law to that effect is implemented, according to advice the Council of State sent to Economic Minister Henk Kamp on Wednesday, ANP reports.

The Tweede Kamer called on Kamp last week to by making the efficiency requirements so high that they can't be met by any coal plant. The council of state investigated whether this was possible.

Jul 19 '17 08:21

Managers of KLM and Air France are deeply suspicious of each other, according to a confidential report drawn up on behalf of French and Dutch unions. At both airlines the managers feel that their colleagues at the other airline are out for only their interests. "The surveyed managers even doubt whether Air France-KLM will be able to survive", Reinier Castelein, president of trade union De Unie, said to EenVandaag on Tuesday.

For the study, the results of which are in the possession of EenVandaag, 50 managers at each airline were questioned. 

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Jul 18 '17 12:40

Every year the 7 million employed people in the Netherlands work over 20 billion euros worth of unpaid overtime, according to a study TNO did on behalf of union FNV. On average Dutch employees work three hours of unpaid overtime per week, worth an average of 3,200 euros per employee per year, NU.nl reports. 

Highly educated employees are the most likely to work overtime without pay. Nearly 74 percent indicated that they do just that. Among employees with a lower education, 29 percent work unpaid overtime. 

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Jul 18 '17 12:00

ING employees in the Netherlands will soon have the right to a month's paid paternity leave at the birth of a new child, according to the new collective bargaining agreement the bank made with unions FNV Finance, De Unie and CNV Vakmensen. This appointment also applies to non-biological mothers, NU.nl reports. 

Jul 17 '17 16:30

After over 20 years of partnership, the Amsterdam ArenA and beer maker Grolsch are parting ways, the ArenA announced on Monday. From this year until 2026 Heineken will deliver beer to the Ajax stadium, ANP reports.

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Jul 17 '17 14:30

On Monday Dutch travel association ANWB issued a warning over two child car seats that are unsafe. According to the association, children strapped into the Recaro Optia or Jané Grand One seats could risk sustaining serious injury if there is an accident.

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Jul 17 '17 09:51

Dutch-British consumer goods company Unilever wants to acquire the food branch of British company Reckitt Benckiser, though is facing competition from American company Hormel Foods, British newspaper Sunday Times reports based on anonymous sources. 

The acquisition involves around 2.2 billion pounds, or 2.5 billion euros, according to the newspaper. Reckitt is known for French's Mustard, Frank's RedHot Sauce, Worcestershire sauce and brands like Calgon, Durex, Nurofen and Clearasil. 

Reguliersdwarsstraat in Amsterdam
Jul 14 '17 13:05

The municipality of Amsterdam will intervene in spontaneous parties on Reguliersdwarsstraat during Gay Pride this year to prevent overcrowding, mayor Eberhard van der Laan wrote to the city council. All parties happening on the busy street without a prearranged permit, will be stopped, AD reports.

Holiday
Jul 14 '17 11:45

More tourists from Germany and Belgium will be spending their summer holiday in the Netherlands this year, the Telegraaf reports after speaking with several Dutch holiday and tourism organizations.

The national office for tourism and congresses NBTC expects 3.6 foreign tourists in the Netherlands this summer. A third of them are German, and 15 percent are Belgian. Some 4.7 million Dutch will stay in the Netherlands for holiday, according to the NBTC.

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Jul 14 '17 09:54

Royal Schiphol Group denies reports that the Hilton Hotel on Schiphol is a fire hazard. The safety of guests and employees of the hotel has never been in danger, Royal Schiphol Group said on Friday morning, Financieele Dagblad reports.

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Jul 13 '17 12:40

Dutch bank ING expects that electric driving in Europe will only increase as the main obstacles for switching to electric cars continue to decrease. By 2035 only electric cars will be sold in Europe, according to the bank, RTL Nieuws reports.

A study by the bank showed three main reasons that consumers aren't immediately switching from petrol and diesel cars to electric cars. 40 percent found it too expensive, 28 percent say they can't drive far enough on a fully charged battery, and 20 percent said there are no charging poles in their area.

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Jul 13 '17 12:00

In the past quarter the number of homes sold in the Netherlands decreased for the first time in nearly three years, according to realtors association NVM. The association attributes the decrease to a shortage in available homes on the market. There were 97 thousand existing homes for sale throughout the Netherlands last quarter - the lowest number since 2004, NOS reports. 

In April, May and June 56,900 homes were sold in the Netherlands, a decrease of 0.8 percent compared to the same quarter last year. 

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Jul 12 '17 14:00

Airbnb and other home-sharing sites like Wimdu and HomeAway cause stress for the owners of traditional hotels, bed and breakfasts and campsites in the Netherlands, according to a survey by Statistics Netherlands. The survey showed that a quarter of Dutch accommodation owners experience competition from home sharing. 

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Jul 11 '17 11:50

Amsterdam has the biggest student housing shortage in the Netherlands, according to an investigation by national student union LSVb. The union concluded that the Dutch capital has 12 thousand fewer student homes or rooms than students, Het Parool reports.

The massive shortage can partly be attributed to strict rental policy in the private sector making it hard for students to find a private home to rent in Amsterdam, combined with a shortage of available corporation housing. 

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Jul 11 '17 11:10

Less than 20 percent of the 873 thousand freelancers and self-employed in the Netherlands have insurance against occupational disability, according to figures by Statistics Netherlands and TNO. 70 percent of this group don't have insurance because they can't afford it. 

A quarter of this group say they can carry this risk by themselves and just over 20 percent can fall back on their partner's income. 14 percent don't have insurance because they don't trust insurers. This is especially common in the construction industry, according to the stats office.

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Jul 11 '17 09:13

While many claim that the Netherlands' strict banker bonus cap is deterring international banks from settling in Amsterdam after the Brexit, the Dutch capital does seem to be popular within another branch in the financial sector - flash traders.

At least five companies involved in this type of stock trade already settled in Amsterdam or are planning to do so soon, according to the Financieele Dagblad on Tuesday. The newspaper calls it "the first success for the lobby that wants to attract financial companies from the City to Amsterdam".

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Jul 11 '17 08:46

Flights to and from Eindhoven Airport were halted for a short time on Monday afternoon after the air traffic control tower had to be evacuated due to a strange smell, AD reports.

Personnel in the tower started suffering from respiratory irritation and noticed a strange smell. The fire department was called in to take measurements. The tower was evacuated as a precaution. 

The fire department found nothing dangerous and the personnel could return to their posts.

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Jul 11 '17 07:16

The software used in the diesel engines of the Suzuki Vitara and the Jeep Grand Cherokee seems to be messing with the vehicles emission data, the Dutch service for road traffic RDW said in an intermediate report on investigations done into 16 different vehicles. Both these cars' engines are made by Fiat Chrysler, NU.nl reports.

In both cars the system that reduces nitrogen oxide emissions turns off for no apparent reason, according to the RDW. The Public Prosecutor was informed of these results. A criminal investigation may follow. 

KLM
Jul 10 '17 14:50

KLM Group transported nearly 2 million more passengers in the first half of 2017 than in the same period last year. The number of passengers increased by 11 percent to nearly 20 million, NU.nl reports.

The airline group includes KLM Cityhopper, Transavia and Martinair. The airline's capacity grew by 6 percent and the occupancy rate came out at 89.3 percent in June. 

Airbnb
Jul 10 '17 14:10

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky and director of diversity David King will personally contact a woman who after being pushed by an Airbnb landlord on Saturday, King said to broadcaster NOS. He called the incident "repulsive" and "unacceptable". 

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