Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is paying a short work-visit to the Netherlands on Tuesday. He will spend half the day in The Hague, where he will meet members of the cabinet, the Dutch King and Queen and the Indian community in the Netherlands. The goal for this visit is to strengthen ties between the two countries, the Telegraaf reports.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima met with Pope Franciscus while on a State Visit to Vatican City on Thursday. According to the scedule, the meeting was set to take 15 minutes, but went on for over 30, according to newspaper AD.
A massive 62 percent of employers in the Netherlands have to deal with staff facing financial problems, according to a report by national budget information office Nibud. A worker with a full time job and a modal salary that has debt problems, could cost an employer up to 13 thousand euros per year, the report states, according to NU.nl.
King Willem-Alexander is proud of the way in which the Netherlands sheltered 65 thousand asylum seekers that flooded into the country since 2015, he said in an interview with Italian newspaper La Republica. He is proud to say that not one asylum seeker had to sleep on the street, the Telegraaf reports.
The Dutch King called the Netherlands a school example of a multicultural society, and Amsterdam the capital of tolerance. He added that the Netherlands has been sheltering people from all over the world for centuries.
Queen Maxima is celebrating her 46th birthday today. Unlike the King, Maxima does not get a public holiday for her birthday. But there are no official duties listed on the Royal House agenda for her today, which means she can celebrate her birthday at home with her family, AD reports.
Thursday is back to work. The royal couple is handing out prizes for the Oranje Fund tomorrow for initiatives that connect different groups of people and inspire others.
The Dutch public is more supportive of the monarchy this year. 70 percent of Dutch now say they are behind monarchy, compared to a low point of 65 percent last year, according to NOS' annual King's Day Survey performed by Ipsos. The increased support for the monarchy coincides with a slight increase in trust in King Willem-Alexander, NOS reports.
Queen Máxima was named to Time Magazine’s Most Influential People list for 2016. The Argentine-born 44-year-old is the only Dutch citizen on this year’s ranking.
Dutch King Willem-Alexander and his wife, Queen Máxima, visited Parisian cafe Le Carillon on Friday, one of the locations that was targeted during the terrorist attacks in Paris last November. The royals listened to the cafe owner, an employee, first aid workers and residents describe the attack, immediate aftermath, and the impact it has had on their lives, the Dutch government announced on Friday.
A surgical procedure to mend the broken leg of Princess Alexia went well, the press office of the Dutch royal family announced late Saturday night. The princess is likely to remain hospitalized for the next few days after injuring herself in a skiing accident while on holiday in Lech, Austria.
Doctors at Bronovo Hospital in Den Haag discharged Queen Máxima after keeping her for treatment and observation over a three-day period, the government’s media office revealed on Saturday. The Dutch queen was diagnosed with a kidney infection while visiting China with King Willem-Alexander and a Netherlands trade delegation.
Journalists that were invited to an event attended by Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Amsterdam have reported being denied access, with some claiming they were attacked by Rwandan security guards. The incident took place on Saturday at the RAI convention center, which was hosting a "Rwanda Day" celebration for nationals from that country living in Europe.
The Netherlands’ economic contribution for development cooperation has been labelled an embarrassment by Oxfam Novib according to a calculation done by the organization. The calculation has revealed that the Netherlands is no longer meeting the UN’s spending target, 0.7 percent of the country’s GDP, for poverty reduction, the Volkskrant reported on Thursday.
A chilly, windy King's Day Eve could make way for a better-than-expected King's Day across parts of the Netherlands, the country's official meteorological agency KNMI said on Sunday. Monday morning will likely be dry nationwide, with western parts of the country getting sunshine thanks to breaks in cloud coverage.
Dutch King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and Foreign Minister Bert Koenders will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House during a three-day visit to the United States, the Netherlands Royal House announced on Tuesday. Following a stop in Washington D.C., the Dutch leaders will continue to Grand Rapids, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois.
The Dutch royal family will return a 17th century painting to the heirs of a Jewish art collector who owned the painting before World War II. An inquest led by Queen Máxima into the provenance of the family's own collection of artwork discovered the questionable record of two different paintings, the Dutch Royal House revealed on Tuesday.
VVD MP Ard van der Steur will be named the next Minister of Justice and Security as early as Friday, the Telegraaf reported. He became a member of the Tweede Kamer lower house of Parliament in 2010.
Dutch King, Willem-Alexander, his wife, Queen Máxima and the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte are taking part of the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte will attend this year's meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland this week. Finance Minister and Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lillianne Ploumen, and Minister for Health, Welfare and Sport Edith Schippers will also attend the forum in Davos.
January 27 marks the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of prisoners from the Nazi’s Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and extermination facility. Dutch King Willem-Alexander, his wife, Queen Máxima and Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte will travel to Poland for a ceremony marking the anniversary, the government confirms in a statement.
The national memorial held in honour of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was viewed on television by 937,000 people, television ratings agency Kijkonderzoek said Tuesday. The memorial was held Monday afternoon in Amsterdam, and was attended by King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and Princess Beatrix.
Flags across the Netherlands will be lowered to half-staff on Monday morning in advance of the country’s national memorial ceremony for the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 later that afternoon. The commemoration at the RAI convention center in Amsterdam begins at 1 p.m., before Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte takes the stage to speak on behalf of the nation.
While visiting the company’s headquarters in Shenzhen, China, Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan signed a deal with telecom giant Huawei to bring them onboard the Amsterdam smart city project, a city spokesman told the NL Times. The visit also included Amsterdam ArenA chief Henk Markerink, who agreed to a five-year deal using Huawei LTE and WIFI for stadium connectivity, the company said.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday at Sochi, and used the opportunity to discuss gay rights in Russia.
The Argentine journalist, Camilo Martín Garcia, responded Thursday for the first time to his arrest in Aruba a day earlier when he tried to approach Queen Máxima during the music festival in honor of the royal visit.