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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.

Hilton Amsterdam Airport
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.

Rijksmuseum
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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Jul 10 '17 09:40

The Dutch postal service is in urgent need of a reassessment, Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs said on Monday. Fundamental choices must be made to keep postal delivery affordable and available. This could entail less frequent deliveries at higher costs, he said in a statement, NU.nl reports.

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Jul 10 '17 09:08

Prime Minister Mark Rutte used the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg this weekend to speak with Russian president Vladimir Putin about the MH17 disaster and the decision to under Dutch law, NOS reports.

solar energy
Jul 7 '17 17:30

Solar park Sunport, the largest solar park in the Netherlands, will help power Google's data center. Power company Eneco and Google signed an agreement to that effect, Eneco announced on Friday. Both the solar park and data center are located in Eemshaven, NU.nl reports.

Sunport consists of 123 thousand solar panels on 30 hectares of ground. It generates about 27 gigawatt hours of solar power annually, enough to power 7,700 homes for a year. 

Long lines at Schiphol airport, 23 Apr 2017
Jul 7 '17 08:36

Schiphol Airport is getting help from various government services as well as citizens this busy summer period, State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure announced on Friday. "We are doing everything to prevent repetition", she said to the Telegraaf, referring to massive crowds, delays and long lines

Jul 6 '17 16:50

Jumbo and another party placed a joint bid to takeover Sligro's supermarket chain Emté, the Telegraaf reports based on sources in the market. The amount involved is unknown, but according to the newspaper, it's high enough to be "difficult for Sligro to let go". 

A spokesperson for Jumbo told NU.nl that they "will not respond to rumors". No one could be reached at Sligro for a comment. 

In addition to its wholesalers, Sligro has 131 supermarkets under the name Emté. The supermarket chain has been struggling with declining sales for some time. 

Jul 6 '17 15:30

Despite increasing passenger numbers, big crowds and sometimes long queues at Schiphol airport, air passengers in the Netherlands had to deal with fewer long delays over the past quarter, according to figures from EUclaim, De Telegraaf reports.

Between April and June there were 1,436 flights that were canceled or delayed for more than three hours, about 60 less than in the same quarter in 2016. Last year air traffic control strikes in France and Italy caused problems across Europe.

Mark Rutte, January 2016
Jul 6 '17 14:50

Prime Minister Mark Rutte is excited to attend the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany on Saturday. He thinks it's good that the Netherlands is participating in this year's summit. "Especially given the international developments, it is important that the Netherlands is there again as a major economy", he said to the press, according to NOS. 

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Jul 6 '17 13:05

Albert Heijn plans to start experimenting with cash register-less stores from next year. In these stores, customers can pack their trolleys with what they want and walk out of the store without scanning anything - payment happens automatically, ANP reports.

The High Tech Campus in Eindhoven
Jul 6 '17 12:40

Eindhoven's economy is growing faster than those of the four large cities in the Randstad, Statistics Netherlands revealed on Thursday. Last year Eindhoven's GDP grew by 3.6 percent, compared to the National average of 2.2 percent. Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague all saw growth between 2.2 and 3 percent.

According to the stats office, Eindhoven's high-tech industry plays a big role in the municipality's economic growth. A large part can be attributed to the presence of companies like ASML, Philips and NXP.

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Jul 6 '17 12:00

Ryanair planned to grow with new routes at Eindhoven Airport this fall, but the Dutch government won't give the Irish budget airline additional takeoff and landing slots, according to the airline, ANP reports.

Ryanair is therefore forced to completely scrap three of its planned connections and move three other routes to Germany. And flights from Eindhoven to six other destinations are flown less frequently than originally intended. 

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Jul 6 '17 08:36

The Dutch middle class face many uncertainties and it is important that the government focuses on reducing it, according to recommendations made by the scientific council for government police WRR on Wednesday.  There is no sign that the middle class is falling, but people in this group have to put in extra effort to maintain their social position, the WRR concludes, ANP reports.

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