Bert Koenders
Mar 17 '17 15:25

Several PvdA Ministers are calling for calm and unity following a crushing defeat in the According to the labor leaders, a reckoning now fixes nothing, Het Parool reports.

Vacation
Mar 17 '17 14:50

The ongoing resulted in hundreds of Dutch travelers rebooking their vacations to another destination, Arjan Kers, CEO of travel agency TUI Nederland, said to BNR.

"There are now several hundred, most of which found an alternate in Greece or Spain", Kers said, but added that "because a few hundred thousand Dutch annually go to Turkey on holiday, these numbers are not too bad."

Mar 17 '17 14:15

The top executives of companies listed on the Amsterdam stock exchange AEX earned an average of 5 million euros last year, about 1 percent more than the year before, according to an analysis done by the Volkskrant. 

Mar 17 '17 13:44

Dutch-Turkish media groups that support Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan were supported for years with funding from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Het Parool reports based on its own research. The Stimulation Fund for Journalism paid these media groups hundreds of thousands of euros in subsidies. Most of this money could not be recovered because the companies behind the media groups went bankrupt. 

According to the Fund, the majority of the companies went bankrupt because they "devoted little attention to the business side of their business."

Mar 17 '17 13:05

Last month the number of sold homes in the Netherlands was almost a fifth higher than in February last year, according to figures from the Land Registry. Compared to January, home sales increased by 7 percent, AD reports.

Last month the Land Registry recorded 17,708 sold homes. Sales increased for all types of housing. The biggest increase was in the sale of detached homes, 35 percent. The smallest increase, 14.7 percent, was in apartment sales.

Mar 17 '17 12:29

The European Commission gave Air France KLM a 310 million euros fine for NOS reports.

The Commission fined eleven airlines a total of nearly 800 million euros for this offense, according to the broadcaster.

Drug lab found in Odijk, 16 Mar 2017
Mar 17 '17 12:05

The police made a major drug bust in the Utrecht town of Odijk on Thursday. In a raid on a warehouse the cops found 3,400 kilograms of hashish, 15 thousand MDMA pills and a firearm, the police said in a statement on Friday.

The police raided the warehouse in response to "information received". The drugs and firearm were confiscated. 

So far no arrests were made. The police are investigating. 

Police officers on the street
Mar 17 '17 11:30

On Thursday morning the police and tax investigative authority FIOD raided a warehouse on Industrieweg in Nieuwegein. Inside the authorities found raw materials for the establishment of a drug lab, AD reports.

The police also found a large quantity of bags containing potassium carbonate and a number of colored barrels with unknown content, according to the newspaper. As far as is known, no arrests were made.

An employee of a car dealership across the street told AD that the warehouse had been empty for some time.

Rat snake on the loose in Etten-Leur,
Mar 17 '17 10:55

A rat snake escaped form its cage on Bazuinlaan in Etten-Leur on Thursday night. The police call on residents to keep an eye out for the snake, so it can be returned home.

The snake is not venomous and completely harmless, the police assure local residents. It is about a meter long and has a distinctive orange color.

If you spot the snake, call the police. 

Mar 17 '17 10:20

Unemployed over 55-year-olds are still less likely to find work than their younger counterparts, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Friday. 

Last year 7 percent of unemployed over 55-year-olds found work within three months. That is more than in previous years, but still less than younger age groups. In the age group 15 to 35 year olds, a third found work within 3 months. Among 35 to 55 year olds, one in five did so. 

Parliamentary election in the Netherlands, 15 Mar 2017
Mar 17 '17 09:43

Despite numerous actions to get young Dutch voters, between the ages of 18 and 24 years, to the polls, fewer voted in Wednesday's election than in the 2012 election. In 2012 the turnout for this group was 70 percent, on Wednesday it was 66 percent, according to a large survey by Ipsos. Official results will be released by the Dutch electoral council Kiesraad next week, Het Parool reports.

Geert Wilders
Mar 17 '17 09:28

On Thursday night The Daily show spent some time on the Dutch elections, though most of it was focused on PVV leader Geert Wilders. Presenter, South African comedian Trevor Noah, made a number of jokes about Wilders and his plans to bank Qurans and close mosques.

Noah showed a clip of Wilders saying that he is against Islam, calling it "violent" and "retarded", but that he has nothing against Muslims. "Wow, just wait until he finds out what religion Muslims are." Noah said. "That dude is going to be so pissed."

Mar 17 '17 09:01

A Helmond father may have had help from a member of biker gang Hell's Angels when he assaulted another man in Eindhoven in January for harassing his 14-year-old daughter online. This can be seen in the criminal file, which newspaper BN De Stem managed to get hold of. 

Eyewitnesses saw father Mario Haazen get into a car with someone else on the night he assaulted Jack S., January 19th. Jack S. is a mental health patient who sexually harassed Haazen's underage daughter online.

Mar 17 '17 08:31

Former CDA minister Camiel Eurlings and the Public Prosecutor reached an agreement on settling outside of court, a spokesperson for Eurlings said in a statement on Thursday, NU.nl reports.

Mar 17 '17 08:04

The Netherlands saw a massive increase in child pornography reports last year. A total of 100,478 photos, videos or websites were reported to the Child Pornography Hotline, an increase of nearly 60 percent compared to 2015. The hotline can't keep up and warns of an "unsustainable and irresponsible situation", hotline director Arda Gerkens said to RTL Nieuws. 

In 69 percent of the reported cases, hotline employees found illegal material. Almost all of it was on Dutch servers.

Mar 17 '17 07:45

A Dutch-Turkish protest planned in Rotterdam on Friday afternoon is canceled, the organizers announced on Facebook. They can't guarantee the safety of the participants and therefore feel it's better not to go through with it, AD reports.

The protest, "Solidarity for Turks", was to advocate for freedom of expression for Dutch-Turks in the Netherlands and against police violence during previous protests at the Turkish consulate this past weekend. Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb gave permission for the protesters to march from Central Station to Schouwburgplein between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

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