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Mar 27 '17 11:30

Claim organization Wakkerpolis filed a 3.2 billion euros lawsuit against insurer NN Group for unjust fees on investment insurance. This collective corporate profiteering claim is being filed on behalf of about 500 thousand NN customers and in cooperation with consumers organization Consumentenbond, ANP reports.

This collective claim follows a won lawsuit involving one file last year. In that case complaints institute Kifid ruled that NN had to reimburse the initial costs of an investment insurance because the customer was not well informed about those costs.

Firefighters at a villa on Ouwer in Etten-Leur, fire caused by an explosion, 26 Mar 2017
Mar 27 '17 08:08

A villa on Ouwer in Etten-Leur was destroyed by a fire that the police believe was caused by an explosion during the early hours of Sunday morning. The home belonged to drug criminal Johan V., RTL Nieuws reports.

The building was completely destroyed in the fire. According to the fire department, no one was inured. The fire started around 01:00 a.m. on Sunday. Local residents heard three bangs, they told BN de Stem. They expect the explosion was an attack in the criminal environment. "They threw fire bombs through the windows", a neighbor said to the newspaper.

Police officer and sniffer dog search a wooded area
Mar 27 '17 07:49

A 63-year-old woman from Breda was found dead in a forest in Ulvenhout on Sunday. Her body was found by sniffer dogs during a training exercise, NU.nl reports.

The woman went missing in January. According to the police, the body was lying in the forest for "quite a time". While the cause of the woman's death is not yet clear, the police don't believe she was murdered.

The body was found along the Huisdreef. The sniffer dogs in training were in the middle of an exercise when one of the animals caught a scent. The dog trainers called the police. 

 

Danny Blind
Mar 27 '17 07:31

Dutch football association KNVB dismissed Danny Blind as the coach of the national team after a dramatic 2-0 loss against Bulgaria in the World Cup qualifiers on Saturday. The KNVB made this decision on Sunday after hours long consultations between technical director Hans van Breukelen and Blind, NOS reports.

Mar 24 '17 14:15

For now the Netherlands does not have to take in asylum seekers from overcrowded asylum camps in Greece at an accelerated pace, the court in The Hague ruled on Friday in a lawsuit filed by activist group We Gaan Ze Halen (We Will Fetch Them) against the Dutch State, AD reports.

According to the group, the Netherlands is taking in too few asylum seekers from Greece. But the court ruled that the Netherlands has until September to meet its commitments on asylum intake.

Jeroen Dijsselbloem with the case containing the Netherlands annual budget
Mar 24 '17 08:57

After years of a budget deficit, the Dutch government managed to achieve a budget surplus in 2016. And that surplus is even 14 times larger than previously expected - a massive 2.9 billion euros, according to Statistics Netherlands on Friday. The Dutch economy also gew more than expected in previous estimations, RTL Nieuws reports.

arrest
Mar 24 '17 08:17

A 39-year-old man arrested in Antwerp on Thursday on suspicion of trying to commit a terrorist attack, was arrested three times last week. One of those times happened in Rotterdam, Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws reports.

Why suspect Mohamed R. was arrested in Rotterdam is unclear. The police told him that he had to leave the Netherlands. He listened, because on Monday the Belgian police checked him at a friend's house in Hoboken, according to the newspaper.

Mollerlyceum in Bergen op Zoom
Mar 24 '17 08:00

Students of the Mollerlyceum in Bergen op Zoom returned home on Thursday night after a on Wednesday afternoon.

Two bodies found at old Hotel Rembrant in Arnhem, 23 March 2017
Mar 24 '17 07:34

Two bodies were found in the old Hotel Rembrandt on Patersstraat in Arnhem on Thursday night, the police said in a statement. The victims are a man and a woman.

The police responded to the building around 7:30 p.m. after an alarm went off. No further details were given, other than that the police are investigating the circumstances of the victims' deaths.

Mar 23 '17 16:45

Two weeks ago the Dutch Public Prosecutor to appear in court today. As the suspects are believed to be in Syria or Iraq, the summons could not be personally delivered. So the Prosecutor found other ways to try and reach the suspects, including social media.

Police
Mar 23 '17 09:10

Last year the police managed to respond to emergency situations within 15 minutes in 84 percent of cases, according to figures the police announced on Wednesday. That means that the response time was too slow in 16 percent of emergencies, about the same as in 2015. The police's goal is to arrive on time in 90 percent of emergencies.

Mar 23 '17 08:16

The Dutch policies on fighting childhood poverty are ineffective and need to be revised, social and economic council SER said in advice to the upcoming government. Despite numerous efforts by government and various organizations, child poverty is structural in the Netherlands, according to SER. While other countries manage to reduce it, NU.nl reports.

Mar 23 '17 07:59

A group of school pupils from Bergen op Zoom witnessed a terrorist attack in London on Wednesday afternoon. Five people were killed and around 40 injured when a man crashed his car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, crashed into the Westminster Palace gate, got out and stabbed a police officer, the Telegraaf reports.

Mar 22 '17 08:51

Triodos bank is the first Dutch bank to drop its interest rate to 0.0 percent. From April Triodos customers will no longer get any interest on their regular internet savings account, NOS reports. Triodos already had the lowest interest rate of all Dutch banks. In October the bank lowered its interest rate to 0.1 percent. 

Mar 22 '17 08:24

The Public Prosecutor is busy with a criminal investigation against ING in which the bank is suspected of involvement in international corruption, money laundering, violating rules for customer due diligence and failing to report unusual transactions, a spokesperson for the Prosecutor's Office confirmed to the Financieele Dagblad on Tuesday.

Dutch voter in Amsterdam at 2017 Netherlands parliamentary election
Mar 22 '17 08:00

The Dutch electoral council announced the official results for the parliamentary results on Tuesday, and they were exactly the same as ANP's final projection last week. The election turnout was 81.9 percent, the highest since 1986. The new parliament will consist of 13 parties, the highest number since 1972.

Police officers and paramedics at the scene of an incident
Mar 22 '17 07:27

A 3-year-old girl was injured in a stabbing in a home on Admiraal de Ruyterlaan in Uithoorn on Tuesday evening. She was taken to hospital for treatment.

The incident occurred around 6:25 p.m. Exactly what happened is unclear. All the police said about the girl's injuries is that she is not in a life threatening condition.

On Burgernet the police called on local residents to look out for a woman with short, blonde hair. She was wearing a brown-green dress, a gray vest and was riding a yellow bike. A police spokesperson told Omroep Noord-Holland that she is a suspect.

Mar 21 '17 15:20

Two paintings by Vincent van Gogh that were stolen from the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam in 2002, are finally back home. On Tuesday the museum invited members of the press to see the works for the first time in just over 14 years. From Wednesday the paintings will be on display to the public, AD reports.

Jesse Klaver
Mar 21 '17 08:59

After talking with all 13 elected party leaders on Monday, "coalition scout" Edith Schippers will be meeting with the leaders of the VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks today to discuss a possible coalition, RTL Nieuws reports.

Mar 21 '17 08:20

Last year Dutch airports broke the 70 million mark in passengers transported for the first time, compared to 64.6 million passengers in 2015. Schiphol Airport accounted for the bulk of these passengers, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Tuesday.

Mar 21 '17 07:54

Dutch banks ING and Amsterdam Trade Bank are listed with 730 other banks as financial institutions that helped Russian criminals launder money, international investigative journalist collaboration OCCRP revealed. A total of 19 billion dollars were laundered through these 732 banks between January 2011 and October 2014, according to the group, AD reports. 

Mar 21 '17 07:31

The Dutch College of Human Rights received a total of 3.143 reports of discrimination last year, according to the Discirimination Monitor the College published on Tuesday for International Human Rights Day. In 2015 there were 2,148 reports and in the year before that 1,786, ANP reports. 

Geert Wilders
Mar 20 '17 14:20

After all of the larger parties' leaders gave their coalition wishes through to coalition scout Edith Schippers, it is clear that the CDA, D66 and VVD are all willing to work together. A fourth party will be needed to give the coalition a majority, and the most likely candidates seem to be GroenLinks and ChristenUnie. So far the PVV hasn't been mentioned in any ideal cabinet, except on the PVV's own wish list. Leader Geert Wilders called it "undemocratic and unmarketable" if his party is not part of the coalition negotiations, the Volkskrant reports. 

Happiness
Mar 20 '17 08:38

The Netherlands landed in sixth place, bumping Canada down one spot, in this year's survey of the world's happiest countries. The list is published annually by the United Nations. The news comes on the same day that the official statistics office of the Netherlands reports that nearly 90 percent of the population describes themselves as "happy."

Norway took the top spot on the list, an honour that went to Denmark a year ago. The ten happiest nations are:

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