Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans said he is delighted with an agreement signed between Iran and United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China.
Babycare chain store Prènatal, and clothing chain Coolcat, say they have not refused to sign an accord amongst retailers to commit to better working conditions and safety for textile factory workers in Bangladesh. Along with discount shop Wibra, the two stores were targeted by Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen.
Four Dutch consulates will be saved, but one will be shuttered, in a new plan backed by MPs. During a debate in the Tweede Kamer with Foreign Affairs Minister Frans Timmermans on cost-cutting measures, MPs opted to spare the consulates in Antwerp, Chicago, Milan and Munich at the expense of the office in Osaka, according to newswire ANP.
The government expects 58 world leaders, 5,000 officials and 3,000 journalists coming spring in The Hague. They will all partake in the Third Nuclear Security Summit (NSS): an international summit on combating nuclear terrorism.
The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) secret documents leaked by Edward Snowden, an American computer specialist and former NSA contractor, reveal that the United States spied on the Netherlands from 1946 to 1968, Xinhua reports, citing the NRC newspaper.
As the world marked the fiftieth anniversary of U.S. President John F. Kennedy's assassination, some in the Netherlands recalled the President's two meetings with Prince Bernhard.
State Secretary Fred Teeven from Security and Justice intends to have 4,000 illegal aliens deported next year also, which can be concluded from a letter to Parliament. He wants to come to a 'quantitative agreement' with the police for 4,000 transfer files for Repatriation and Departure Service (DT & V).
A Labour committee, headed by former party leader Melkert, believes the EU and the Dutch government should strive for an unemployment rate of no more than 5 percent
The criticism of the idea to ask people on welfare for a contribution is growing. Besides the FNV union, now also the Association of Dutch Municipalities (VNG), Divosa, and Alderman Van Es, oppose the plan of State Secretary Klijnsma
The independent human rights experts who looked into Zwarte Piet on Tuesday called on the Dutch Government to take the lead in the ongoing debate about whether it’s time the tradition undergo a change.
Three more Greenpeace activists were released by the Russian court in St. Petersburg on bail, The Associated Press reports.
The MPs Segers and Van Raak stated this Thursday night on the Radio 1 program 'Met het Oog op Morgen'
State Secretary Fred Teeven (Justice) sees little scope for cuts in the judicial system to be found elsewhere, so the legal aid can be spared
The PVV and the French Front National are going to work together in Europe. At a press conference in The Hague the leaders of both parties called it a historic collaboration
CDA and PvdA are pleased with the results of the mid-term municipal elections. The Labour Party did well in Friesland and became the largest party in Heerenveen and Leeuwarden . The Christian Democrats won the election in Alphen
The government and the opposition parties CDA, D66, ChristenUnie, GroenLinks, and SGP will not reach an agreement this week on the retirement plans
NATO has agreed to the extension of the Patriot mission in Turkey. Netherlands contributes to the mission, of which Turkey is now asking for an extension
The Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte will pay a two-day official visit to China on Friday.
Testifying Monday at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg, Germany, the Netherlands rejected Russian claims of inaction against Greenpeace activists.
The Coast Guard fears more accidents if the number of wind farms along the coast is increased. The North Sea is already one of the busiest seas in the world. If the plans for building even more wind turbines are realized, the chances of accidents will increase, according to Ed Veen, director of the Dutch Coast Guard.
Russia has moved a group of 30 activists and journalists detained aboard a Greenpeace ship in September to St. Petersburg from the Arctic city of Murmansk, RIA Novosti reports.
Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said that he was misquoted in earlier news report stating that Russian law bans homosexual propaganda among minors violates the rights of sexual minorities and Russian gays may apply asylum in the Netherlands.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima will dine at the Kremlin Friday evening with Russian President Vladimir Putin. However, Dutch experts think it is not of much importance for Putin.
Foreign Affairs Minister Frans Timmermans will speak to his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Saturday concerning sensitive issues that recently came up in the bilateral relations, announced Lavrov's spokesperson Friday