ministry of foreign affairs

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.

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 14 '17 07:44

Turkey is turning to the European Court of Human Rights in its political battle with the Netherlands, president Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Monday. He also announced a number of sanctions against the Netherlands, including that Dutch diplomats are no longer welcome in Turkey, NU.nl reports.

Mar 13 '17 11:25

Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher called on Turkey to retract its accusations of Nazism and fascism against the Netherlands. If the country does not do so, the relationship between the Netherlands and Turkey will remain difficult, Asscher said, according to RTL Nieuws. 

Asscher added that the Dutch government will not take any measures against the Ankara government, even if they refuse to retract the statements. According to him, it is important that calm returns. But "a different form of communication must come from Turkey", he said.

Mar 13 '17 10:50

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs updated its travel advice for Turkey, due to current political tensions between the two countries. The Dutch government does not advise against going to Turkey, but does warn Dutch travelers to watch out for gatherings and avoid public places, ANP reports.

These warnings are on top of the already in place advice of risks in Turkey due to terrorist attacks and political tensions. 

Mar 10 '17 12:00

The Netherlands is taking legal steps in an effort to gain clarity about the cause of a fatal bus accident in Switzerland in 2012. The intention is to get a blood sample of the bus driver, who died in the crash, from the Swiss authorities, ANP reports

The accident happened in a tunnel in Sierre in March 2012. A total of 28 people were killed, including seven Dutch children. Many of the victims' relatives believe that the bus driver deliberately crashed the bus into the tunnel wall because medicine he was taking made him suicidal, according to the news wire.

Avalanche
Mar 8 '17 11:10

A 22-year-old Dutch snowboarder died in the French Alps after being buried under an avalanche on Tuesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed. Two others, age 21 and 25 years, are still missing. Their families were informed, AD reports.

Rescue workers resumed the search for the missing snowboarders at 7:30 a.m.

French media report that the three were snowboarding in the region of Le Seuil, about 60 kilometers east of Grenoble. This is a particularly dangerous area known for avalanches. It is unclear what they were doing outside the safe zones. 

Jihadist
Mar 7 '17 08:02

Another 10 Dutch names were added to the Netherlands' national terrorism list. The list now contains 100 names - 86 men, 11 women and three organizations, RTL Nieuws reports.

Most of the names on the list involve people believed to be involved in terrorist activities in Syria and Iraq.

The bank accounts and assets of everyone on the list have been frozen, which means they can no longer access the money in their accounts. This measure is intended to make it more difficult for terrorist activities to be funded from the Netherlands. 

Bert Koenders
Feb 13 '17 11:50

The Netherlands must work on diplomacy, defense and development in order to tackle the growing threat of cyber attacks from hostile countries and criminals, according to the International Cyber Strategy that Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs sent to Dutch parliament on Sunday. Koenders wants international law to be supplemented to suit the needs of the new digital world, the Telegraaf reports. 

Feb 2 '17 13:05

According to D66 parliamentarian Kees Verhoeven, Donald Trump's decree to close the American borders to people from seven Muslim countries is "pure discrimination". In a parliamentary debate on the matter on Thursday he that the Dutch government makes a "strong noise against" this decree, a sentiment shared by a number of other parties. The Netherlands decided to suspend talks with American Border Patrol regarding the entry ban for the time being , AD reports.

Jan 30 '17 11:00

The Netherlands and Germany asked their American counterparts for an explanation and clarification on president's Donald Trump's decision to close the United States borders for asylum seekers and people from seven Muslim countries, Dutch Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs and his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel said in a joint statement, the Volkskrant reports.

Jan 30 '17 10:23

At least six people were killed and eight others injured in an attack on a mosque during evening prayer in the Canadian city of Quebec on Sunday evening. Dutch Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs condemns the attack and expressed his sympathies to the victims and their loved ones. 

"I condemn the terrorist attack in Canada in the strongest terms", the Dutch Minister said on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Twitter account. "I sympathize with the victims of the attack on a mosque in Canada. Discrimination, exclusion and hate are never acceptable."

Bert Koenders
Jan 27 '17 10:09

Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs thinks its time for Europe to change, now that "America First is the motto" of the new U.S. president Donald Trump, he said in newspaper AD. "Not more Europe, not less. We need a different Europe."

Kauai, Hawaii
Jan 23 '17 08:53

A 39-year-old woman from Maastricht died in Hawaii on Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed. It is believed the woman fell from a cliff while hiking, according to broadcaster NOS.

The woman's body was found in the water near a rocky shore. Jet skiers brought her to the beach. An autopsy revealed that se died in a fall from a great height. The local authorities believe it was an accident.

According to NOS, the victim's name is Ramona van Schendel. The local police found er personal belongings and identification on a hiking trail. 

Jan 20 '17 16:50

Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert thinks that the world would do better to judge new American president Donald Trump on his actions and not on his tweets. Trump's twitter activity "causes a lot of debate and headlines and I don't think the world benefits from it", she said, according to newspaper AD. 

Jan 18 '17 08:24

Travel organizations TUI and Corendon are sending a total of eight flights to Gambia today to pick up some 1,600 Dutch vacationing in the African country. Unrest threatens in Gambia because president Yahya Jammeh is refusing to make way for his elected successor, ANP reports.

Henk Swarttouw
Jan 17 '17 14:45

The PVV accused Dutch ambassador to Denmar Henk Swarttouw of campaign meddling after he referred to the party as "the beast" in a tweet. PVV parliamentarian Raymond de Roon wants an explanation from Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs, the Telegraaf reports.

Jan 12 '17 08:44

Security experts in the United States are convinced that the Netherlands will be targeted by Russian hackers in the run-up to the parliamentary elections in March, like the American Democratic Party was during the U.S. elections, NOS reports. "The Dutch government is very, very alert", Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs said to the broadcaster. "I have no concrete evidence that this is the case, but I am not naive."

Dec 22 '16 14:00

A large number of parliamentarians are hesitating over extending the UN mission in Mali. They are concerned over a lack of air support to the Dutch troops there as there will be no access to fighting helicopters between March 1st and May 1st, the Volkskrant reports.

Bert Koenders
Dec 21 '16 14:55

Turkey recalled the leader of Turkish-Dutch mosque dome Diyanet from the Netherlands, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs announced on Wednesday. Yusuf Acar is in the Netherlands and passing it on to the Turkish government.

Dec 6 '16 09:29

The authorities in Ghana are investigating whether there is a fake Dutch embassy in the African country. A fake American embassy was recently discovered in the country and one of the people working in it was speaking Dutch, according to RTL Nieuws.

G20 summit in Australia in 2014
Dec 2 '16 15:45

German Chancellor Angela Merkel invited the Netherlands to the G20 summit happening in Hamburg on July 7th and 8th next year. From Thursday Germany is the chairman of the G20 for the next 12 months, NU.nl reports

Prime Minister Mark Rutte called the invitation good news. "We earn a significant portion of our money in international trade. In the G20 the largest economies of the world discus a wide range of toopics that affect financial stability and economic growth. These issues affect Dutch interests directly", he said.

Dutch architecture in Indonesia - Bank Indonesia in Medan
Dec 2 '16 10:09

The Dutch government is discussing a proposal for a major new investigation into violence used by Dutch in Indonesia in the late 40's. This follows the results of years of research by historian Remy Limpach that found that "systemic violence" was used in the former Dutch East Indies, RTL Nieuws reports.

Bert Koenders
Nov 30 '16 14:40

Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs is willing to advocate within the European Union for pausing the talks with Turkey regarding their admittance to the EU, he said in parliament on Wednesday, NOS reports

A majority in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, today voted for pausing the talks. The PvdA added its vote to stepping away from the negotiation table, taking Tuesday's minority vote to a majority on Wednesday. Dutch parliament now supports pausing the talks for six months because of the worsening situation in Turkey.

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