Feb 19 '17 09:00

On Thursday restoration work on the Amstel Hotel in Amsterdam officially started. The restorations are expected to take a year and a day - the same amount of time it took to build the most prolific hotel in the Dutch capital, Het Parool reports.

Poster of the 2017 Amsterdam Wine Festival
Feb 18 '17 09:30

Spring may still feel far away, but you can bask in warmth generated by the world’s finest fruits at the Amsterdam Wine Festival. Taking placing March 24 through March 26 at Westergasfabriek, this brand-new festival unites wine producers and importers from around the world and brings them all under one roof with wine aficionados and hobbyists alike.

Feb 18 '17 09:00

Last year Schiphol saw the most growth of all major airports in Europe. The number of passengers that traveled through the Amsterdam airport increased by 9.2 percent to almost 64 million, thereby passing the airports in Frankfurt and Istanbul and taking the third spot on the list of Europe's busiest airports, NOS reports. 

The top five airports in Europe now are:

Destruction at Chmury bar in Warsaw, Poland after Legia Warsaw supporters attacked a group of Ajax fans, 16 Feb 2017
Feb 17 '17 16:55

A group of 80 Ajax supporters were fined by the local police in Warsaw on Thursday afternoon, prior to the Europa League match between Ajax and Legia Warsaw on Thursday evening. The Warsaw police were on high alert after about in a bar in the city during the early hours of Thursday morning, AT5 reports.

Arrest
Feb 17 '17 15:30

The partner of murdered Amsterdam woman Susanna Boon is in custody again. A spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor would not say why he was arrested again, newspaper AD reports.

A hiker found Boon's body in a forest in Nunspeet Gelderland on March 29th. The woman had been missing since January 8th last year after a fight with her partner at her home on Jacob van Lennepstraat.

Feb 17 '17 15:08

Dutch artist Dick Bruna died Thursday night at the age of 89. Bruna, best known as the creator of cartoon rabbit Nijntje, passed away in his hometown of Utrecht, according to his publisher.

Over 85 million copies of his books in the “Nijntje” series, or “Miffy” in the English-speaking world, have been sold worldwide. The books are still published in at least 50 languages.

Heinz ketchup
Feb 17 '17 14:46

Unilever announced that it rejected a merger proposal brought by food giant Kraft Heinz on Friday, saying that the 125 billion dollar approach "fundamentally undervalues" the Anglo-Dutch company. Kraft Heinz is not giving up however and will continue to negotiate, Reuters reports.

Football
Feb 17 '17 14:20

Parents are refusing to let their kids play football on the ASV Arsenal fields due to used in artificial turf may be toxic. In the mean time, the ASV Arsenal team is training in the Vondelpark, AT5 reports.

Feb 17 '17 13:45

The Dutch government is implementing stricter rules for very high salaries that are paid with tax money, such as those of presenters for public broadcasters or managers in healthcare. From now on workers in the public and semi-public sector may no longer earn more money than Ministers, Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs announced on Friday, ANP reports.

Feb 17 '17 13:10

In court on Friday Willem Holleeder accused his sister Astrid of sabotaging the process of the criminal trial against him. "All this whining is not because of the magistrate or my lawyers, but Astrid. She wants to keep control", Holleeder said in the 10th pro-forma hearing in the lawsuit against him, AD reports.

Feb 17 '17 12:35

The Public Prosecutor again demanded prison time in the appeal case against , who was convicted last year for killing politician Els Borst and his sister Lois. Van U. was sentenced to institutionalized psychiatric care, but the Public Prosecutor believes that prison time is appropriate, NU.nl reports. 

Feb 17 '17 12:00

The Amsterdam city council adopted a proposal made by the D66, PvdA and GroenLinks to limit the certificate of good behavior rule at some jobs in the city, including jobs at the Amsterdam municipality itself. This means that young people with a criminal record now have a better chance at finding work in the Dutch capital, Het Parool reports.

Couch potatoes
Feb 17 '17 11:20

About 138 thousand Dutch twenty-somethings have no job and are not following any form of training, according to education organizations MBO Raad and NRTO. The groups are very concerned that these young adults will fall by the wayside, ANP reports.

"If we do nothing, this group will be the next lost generation, condemned to be on welfare until their retirement", Tom Heerts, chairman of the MBO Raad, and Hans Hillen, Charman of NRTO, said. 

TU Delft's Hyperloop capsule stands ready for a race in Hawthorne, California, 30 Jan 2017
Feb 17 '17 10:45

The TU Delft students who rin the United States with their Hyperloop design and prototype, are continuing their work as startup company Hardt. Dutch railway company NS and investment fund Uniq decided to give the group financial support by each investing 300 thousand euros into the startup, RTL Nieuws reports.

Feb 17 '17 10:11

Traffic information service ANWB expects major traffic jams across the Netherlands today and tomorrow as the Dutch spring break kicks off. The ANWB particularly warns of traffic problems on roads heading towards ski areas, RTL Nieuws reports.

Police
Feb 17 '17 09:49

A high-speed car chase on the A15 near Gorinchem ended in the arrest of 4 suspected ATM bombers during the early hours of Friday morning. The car chase reached such speeds that a police car was damaged, according to Dutch newspaper AD.

Around 2:50 a.m. this morning, the police received a report that a Rabobank ATM was bombed in Chaam. Four suspects sped away in a car towards Ulvenhout and Breda. The police sealed of the scene for a forensic investigation and started hunting the perpetrators and their getaway car, also deploying a police helicopter to help wth the search. 

Feb 17 '17 09:29

The former leader of motorcycle gang No Surrender, , was arrested from his bed in Bergen op Zoom on Friday morning, his lawyer Louis de Leon confirmed to Omroep Brabant. This arrest comes only four days after he was released from custody on Monday. His righthand man Janus de V. was also arrested, according to the broadcaster.

Police
Feb 17 '17 09:14

The Amsterdam police force needs at least another 500 officers in order to accommodate the city's growth, police chief Pieter-Jaap Albersberg said in the AT5 program Het Verhoor. According to him, the current police force, about 5,000 officers since 2011, is drowning in the work. "The force is built on 800,000 Amsterdam residents, while there are currently nearly 1.5 million on a daily basis", Aalbersberg said to the Amsterdam broadcaster. 

Feb 17 '17 08:50

The Turkish consulate in Rotterdam confiscated the Turkish passports of a number of Dutch-Turkish people believed to be affiliated with the Gulen movement, Trouw reported on Friday. The people involved were told that they are now classified as a fugitive and were given a one-day passport to fly to Turkey and prove their innocence in front of a judge, according to the newspaper.

Four people made contact with asylum lawyers after the consulate took their passports. But the lawyers believe that much larger numbers are involved. 

Feb 17 '17 08:22

There is no evidence that there are still human remains on the site where flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine in 2014, Minister Stef Blok of Security and Justice said on Thursday. His Ministry studies all photos and statements made by Dutch journalist Michel Spekkers, who b found at the crash site in January. The bone fragment belonged to one of the MH17 victims. 

Football
Feb 17 '17 07:55

Brabant football club VV Bladella in Bladel expelled four boys from the club because they did not sell enough raffle tickets. The parents of at least three of the boys are furious. And football association KNVB "urged the club to reverse the measure", but Bladella does not intend to make an exception, AD reports.

Greenpeace activists build a pipeline into ING's headquarters in Amsterdam to protest the bank funding the Dakota Access pipeline, 16 Feb 2017
Feb 16 '17 16:45

On Thursday morning a group of about 20 Greenpeace activists dug room for and planted 15 meters of super heavy pipe sections at the ING headquarters in Amsterdam Zuidoost. They did so to protest against the Dutch bank's part in financing the highly controversial Standing Rock pipeline in Dakota, United States, Het Parool reports.

Feb 16 '17 16:10

The PVV's legislative proposal to make municipalities only participate in Sinterklaas events in which , could count on almost no support from both the lower house of Dutch parliament and the Dutch government today. Most parties in parliament were against the law and Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs stated that the bill goes against the Dutch constitution.

Police making an arrest
Feb 16 '17 15:35

On Thursday the police arrested a 24-year-old man from Amsterdam on suspicion of involvement in the aggravated assault of a gay couple in the Dutch capital in October last year, the police announced in a statement on their website. 

The assault happened on Ruijterkade on October 16th. Three young men on scooters attacked the gay couple, seemingly out of nowhere. The police believe that the couple was targeted due to their sexual orientation. One of te victims sustained a fractured skull in the attack and spent some time in the hospital.

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