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Feb 15 '17 10:58

If American president Donald Trump goes through with his plan to protect the United States' industry with tariffs on imported goods and services, the Dutch economy could suffer a loss of billions of euros, according to calculations by ING Bank, Financieele Dagblad reports.

The bank based its calculations on a U.S. import duty of 10 percent. If that is the case, the Netherlands will export 3.7 billion euros less to the United States. That will result in the Dutch gross domestic product being 0.3 percent lower, according to the bank. 

Feb 15 '17 10:22

Traveling to the United States by plane is getting cheaper and cheaper, according to figures from Skyscanner. Last year the average price for a return ticket from the Netherlands was 652 euros, 11 percent cheaper than the average of 734 euros such a ticket cost in 2015. Similar developments can be seen in flights to Canada, AD reports.

Ticket prices are also declining in the rest of the world, partly due to lower fuel prices. But at a decline of 3 percent, it is much less than the 11 percent fall in prices for tickets from the Netherlands to the United States and back. 

Donald Trump
Feb 13 '17 12:45

Dutch comedian Arjen Lubach's " video has triggered a world wide response. More and more countries are posting videos pitching their virtues in response to American president Donald Trump's "America First" stance. 

Feb 6 '17 16:30

PVV leader Geert Wilders protesting with Hamas supporters on Monday morning, is leading to concern that the Dutch parliamentary elections in March will be dominated by "fake news" as the American elections were last year, NRC reports.

Feb 2 '17 17:45

Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD) more clearly expressed his rejection of Donald Trump . He did so during a p and at the insistence of several other parties.

Feb 2 '17 08:30

On Thursday criminal lawyer Goran Sluiter filed charges against Rabobank on Thursday accusing the bank's executives of complicity in murder and other crimes committed by Mexican drug cartels. This follows an investigation by the United States judiciary into a Rabobank subsidiary suspected of laundering Mexican drug profits, the Volkskrant reports. 

Feb 1 '17 11:10

People with a dual nationality are still welcome to travel to the United States, spokesperson Kevin McAleenan of the U.S. Border Guard said at a press conference.

Jan 31 '17 14:55

Relatives of MH17 victims are shocked by a letter to American president Donald Trump asking him to start an independent investigation into the downing of the Malaysia Airlines plane in eastern Ukraine in 2014. The letter was written by candidate parliamentarian Thierry Baudet and 25 others, the Volkskrant reports. The MH17 survivors say they want no part in these "propaganda theories".

Jan 31 '17 14:20

Eman Mohammed, a Palestinian photographer living in the United States, had to cancel a trip to Amsterdam to be in the World Press judging panel because of American president Donald Trump's decision to. While Palestine is not on the list of banned countries, it is also not considered a country by the U.S.

Jan 31 '17 13:45

A group of Dutch-Iranians launched a petition against American President Donald Trump's decree , from entering the United States. The petition, which demands that Iranians not be banned from the U.S., will be handed in at the Embassy of the United States in the Netherlands.

Jan 31 '17 07:46

Six Iranians have been stuck in a lounge behind passport control at Schiphol airport since Saturday. They were traveling with KLM from Teheran to the United States when president to people from Iran and six other Muslim countries. When they tried to get on their next flight at Schiphol, they were told they could go no further.

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.

TU Delft's Hyperloop capsule stands ready for a race in Hawthorne, California, 30 Jan 2017
Jan 30 '17 08:53

A team of student's from TU Delft won the overall prize for best designed Hyperloop capsule at a c's space company SpaceX in Hawthorne, California, the university announced on Twitter. 

Mark Rutte
Jan 30 '17 07:38

Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs are against a ban on entry for asylum seekers and people from seven Muslim countries that United President Donald Trump implemented over the weekend. They reject and regret this ban, the two Dutch officials said in a joint statement on Sunday, ANP reports.

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."

Jan 25 '17 08:14

Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Development Cooperation is working to counteract one of the first decisions made by new United States president Donald Trump. On Monday he scrapped funding to organizations that help with family planning and offer safe abortions in developing countries. Ploumen is launching an international fund to make up for the about $600 million gap created by Trump's decision, ANP reports.

Women's March in Amsterdam against inequality and intolerance after Donald Trump's inauguration, 21 Jan 2017
Jan 23 '17 07:41

On Saturday hundreds of thousands of mostly women, but also some men and children, gathered around the world to protest against intolerance and inequality after the inauguration of new United States president Donald Trump. In the Netherlands an estimated 3 thousand people gathered on the Museumplein. And in the Hague hundreds of people took part in a protest march.

Both Dutch Women's Marches happened without major incident, NU.nl reports.

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 17 '17 17:20

On Monday United States president elec. Donald Trump said that he does not much care whether the European Union is divided or united, in interviews with newspapers Bild and The Times. He also called on other countries to follow Britain's example with the Brexit. European Commissioner Frans Timmermans read these statements with amazement. "We have never seen a U.S. president show interest in a divided Europe." he said to broadcaster NOS.

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."

Guy Fawkes mask often used by hackers
Jan 3 '17 08:30

Russian hackers made use of a private Dutch server to attack the American Democratic Party, the Volkskrant reports based on documents from the United States' Department of homeland Security. The Dutch server in question belongs to Rejo Zenger, who wors for privacy organization Bits of Freedom.

Nov 25 '16 09:05

Labour laws were violated in the construction of the new United States embassy in Wassenaar, AD reports. Employees structurally had to work overtime and foreign workers did not have the right papers, according to the newspaper. The Social Affairs and Employment Inspectorate is investigating.

People who worked on the embassy told the newspaper that they worked up to 60 hours a week, including Saturday.Workers who protested were sent away. Union FNV's safety hotline also received several complaints about safety at the site. 

Pete Hoekstra
Nov 17 '16 08:59

Pete Hoekstra from Groningen is a candidate to run the United States intelligence service CIA under Donald Trump's administration. He would consider it an honor, he said to Newsmax TV.  "But this is a call that Mr. Trump needs to make", the 63-year-old Dutch man said to the American station. "He needs to have someone that he can have total confidence in at the CIA."

Nov 17 '16 07:33

American President-elect Donald Trump released a list of all the world leaders he's spoken to since winning the U.S. election with the most electoral votes last week, to show how hard he's been working. But he forgot to add Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to the list.

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