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Baggage belts at Schiphol
May 20 '19 15:30

KLM passengers will soon have to pay to bring a suitcase on almost all KLM flights. After scrapping free checked baggage for flights within Europe and to the United States, the Dutch airline is now also implementing this measure for its other destinations, Luchtvaartnieuws reports.

Passengers board a Brussels-bound train at Amsterdam Centraal, 9 May 2018
May 20 '19 14:40

Regional public transit companies announced that they will join employees of NS and the city transporters in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague in a strike for a better pension system on May 28th. That means that nearly all public transit in the Netherlands will be shut down next week Tuesday, union FNV announced. Labour party PvdA expressed support for the strike.

Students
May 20 '19 09:38

Increasing the interest on student loans is contrary to an international treaty that the Netherlands signed, according to student organizations ISO and LSR. They call on Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven of Education to withdraw the legislative proposal that regulates this interest increase. If she does not, the organizations  will call on the Senate to stop it or take "legal action", NOS reports.

May 20 '19 08:06

The Dutch data protection authority AP is investigating possible ethnic profiling by the Tax Authority. There are indications that the Tax Authority used information about people's second nationality to determine whose childcare allowance was halted, RTL Nieuws and Trouw report.

Artist rendering of Alibaba CEO Jack Ma
May 18 '19 08:30

Dutch consumer association Consumentenbond joined five other European organizations calling on regulators to take action against AliExpress. The groups accuse the Chinese online retail subsidiary of Alibaba of violating European rules with the site’s terms and conditions.

Huawei Technology in Shenzhen, China
May 16 '19 13:30

Dutch intelligence and security service AIVD is investigating whether Chinese technology company Huawei has been involved in espionage in the Netherlands, due to concerns that the company has a hidden backdoor to customer data at one the Netherlands' three largest telecom providers - VodafoneZiggo, KPN or the merger of T-Mobile and Tele2, the Volkskrant reports.

The AIVD would not comment to Volkskrant questions about the investigation. Telecom providers also refuse to respond or are unaware of an investigation by the intelligence service.

Tiny houses on display
May 16 '19 12:40

Groningen will soon have a little tiny-house neighborhood at Westpark. The first of the up to 30 tiny, energy-neutral and sustainable houses are expected to be built by the end of the year, Dagblad van het Noorden reports.

The municipality designated a small neighborhood for the tiny houses. Between 15 and 30 homes will be built there. The tiny houses will be allowed to stand in the neighborhood for 10 years, after which they and their residents will have to move. 

China national flags
May 15 '19 14:30

Collaboration with China is of great importance to the Netherlands, but with that cooperation the Netherlands must pay attention to the ideological differences that exist between the two countries, the Dutch government said in its new 'China strategy'. The 100-page long document outlines economic opportunities, but also concerns, NOS reports.

Enforcement officer in Amsterdam, 7 May 2017
May 15 '19 12:50

Enforcement officers are planning more protest actions in their long ongoing campaign to be armed with batons and pepper spray, to defend themselves against the violence they face during the course of their duties, enforcers' union NBB said to Nieuwsuur. 

Students in a lecture
May 15 '19 12:00

The way in which money is distributed among universities and technical universities in the Netherlands needs to change, according to a new report. More money needs to go to technical courses, so they can keep up with the growing demand. And universities should be less dependent on student numbers for their money, the committee concluded.

Scales of justice and gavel on law book
May 15 '19 09:20

NRC was not allowed to publish the full name of a labor law professor in an article about the man's misconduct at work, the court said in a ruling published on Tuesday. The professor filed summary proceedings against the Dutch newspaper, an editor from the paper and two journalists. The court ordered the NRC, its editor and journalists to pay the plaintiff and his wife 1,358.83 euro in legal fees and court costs.

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May 15 '19 07:44

Dutch insurers are getting more and more damage claims related to car fires. Last year there were 4,359 such claims, a 9 percent increase compared to the 4,014 car fire claims in 2017, RTL Nieuws reports based on the latest figures from the Dutch Association of Insurers. 

Kolencentrale Eemshaven
May 14 '19 15:50

The Netherlands could still achieve the emission reduction goals set in the so-called Urgenda ruling, if it closes three almost new coal-fired power stations at the start of next year, research agency CE Delft concluded in a study done at the request of Natuur & Milieu, Greenpeace and the Lung Fund. Closing the coal plants will also not be very expensive, costing 760 million euros, the Volkskrant reports.

Shopping
May 14 '19 11:40

The Dutch economy grew by 0.5 percent in the first quarter of 2019, the same growth as in the last quarter of 2018, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday. Compared to the first quarter of 2018, the economy grew by 1.7 percent. 

Adjusted for the number of days - the first quarter of 2019 had one day less than the first quarter of 2018 - economic growth amounted to 1.9 percent. In the first quarter of last year, the economic growth stood at 2.2 percent compared to a year earlier.

Work
May 14 '19 10:50

The tension on the Dutch labor market reached a new peak in the first quarter of this year. The number of vacancies increased, while the number of unemployed declined, Statistics Netherlands reports. In the first quarter there were on average 88 vacancies per 100 unemployed, compared to 80 vacancies in the fourth quarter of last year.

Family
May 13 '19 13:30

The Dutch people in their twenties of today are hitting milestones later than their peers from a decade ago. Last year's 20-somethings left home later, studied longer, were less likely to have permanent employment, bought their own home later, moved in with a partner later, and also started a family later than the 20-somethings of 2008, Statistics Netherlands reported on Monday.

Formula 1
May 13 '19 09:19

This week it will be announced whether the Zandvoort circuit will be allowed to organize a Grand Prix again for the first time since 1985 next May. To prevent the roads to the town completely overflowing, the circuit already announced that it wants Formula 1 fans to use public transport as much as possible. NS is keen to cooperate and already mapped a Formula 1 timetable.

Electric car
May 10 '19 10:10

On January 1st the Netherlands counted nearly 45 thousand fully electric cars, double the number on January 1st last year. The number of plug-in hybrids decreased by 3 percent over the past year to nearly 94 thousand, Statistics Netherlands reported based on license plate registrations at RDW.

Amsterdam Pride canal parade, 5 Aug 2017
May 10 '19 08:38

The municipality of Amsterdam is investigating whether a partial alcohol ban is possible on the water in the city. That would mean that it will no longer be allowed to drink alcohol on boats in certain parts of the city, RTL Nieuws reports.

Abdelhak Nouri
May 9 '19 15:10

The municipality of Amsterdam is moving forward with plans to honor Ajax player Abdelhak Nouri with his own square, the Abdelhak Nouriplein in Amsterdam Nieuw-West. The young footballer sustained serious brain damage when he went into cardiac arrest during a match in July 2017.

Ketelsluis at Dronten
May 9 '19 13:11

All bridges and locks in the province of Flevoland are out of order on Thursday due to malfunction. When the problem will be fixed is not yet clear, said FlevoVaarwegen, the province's official twitter account for information on waterworks.

The malfunction occurred at around 11:00 a.m. Technicians are on site to try and fix the problems.

Red Light District in Amsterdam
May 9 '19 12:40

The Amsterdam city council approved a ban on guided tours in the Red Light District. The ban will be implemented on January 1st, Het Parool reports.

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May 9 '19 10:10

Transavia Airlines and Eindhoven Airport both performed poorly on new global rankings by AirHelp. The site for helping travelers claim compensation from airlines ranked Transavia as the 65th best airline in the world, out of a list of 72. And Eindhoven Airport was ranked the 130th best airport in the world, out of 132 airports.

Office space
May 8 '19 14:20

Industrial companies with a higher quality of management perform better - they have higher productivity and more international activities than companies with lower quality management, according to a study done by the University of Groningen and Statistics Netherlands at the request of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate. 

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