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Schiphol passengers train tickets
May 26 '19 16:21

Trains must continue to take passengers to and from Schiphol Airport during a national public transit strike scheduled for Tuesday, a court in the Netherlands ruled on Sunday. Though buses, subways and trams will grind to a halt, the transportation unions were ordered to ensure that at least four trains per hour will run each way between Amsterdam Centraal and Schiphol.

Boy working in a textile factory
May 24 '19 15:40

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs committed 35 million euros to a program committed to bringing an end to child labor Work: No Child's Business, the Ministry announced at a symposium in The Hague celebrating the 15 year anniversary of development aid organization Hivos' department Stop Child Labor, Hivos said in a press statement. 

Passengers board a train to Vlissingen at Amsterdam Central Station, 19 Jan 2018
May 24 '19 13:10

NS advises travelers not to depend on train traffic on Tuesday, due to a nationwide public transit strike for a better pension system. The Dutch rail company expects that the strike will result in little to no trains running on Tuesday. NS warns of "serious nuisance" for passengers.

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May 24 '19 11:10

Refugees in the Netherlands are still struggling to find work. Only a quarter of asylum seekers who came to the Netherlands in 2014 now have a job, according to a new report by social-economic council SER. Business incubator Refugees Forward is trying to help by giving refugees the training they need to launch their own successful businesses.

Hundreds lined up for busses, trams, subways, ferries, and trains at Amsterdam Centraal. 27 Nov 2017
May 23 '19 16:20

A number of Dutch universities and colleges plan to continue with their exams and lectures as usual on Tuesday, despite a nationwide strike in public transport. National students' union LSVb is furious that students may be forced to miss important lectures or exams through something that is completely out of their control. "We think it's really absurd", a spokesperson for LSVb said to NOS.

The IJ tunnel in Amsterdam
May 23 '19 15:40

The city of Amsterdam could open the IJ Tunnel to bicycle traffic on Tuesday as a measure to combat the impact in the capital city of the national public transit strike. The tunnel is normally used as a throughway exclusively for motor vehicle traffic between Amsterdam Noord and Centrum.

Amsterdam
May 23 '19 13:10

A majority of the Amsterdam city council wants to investigate whether it can get a "decent" competitor for Airbnb and Booking.com on the market that does adhere to the city's rules on holiday rentals, was revealed during a council meeting on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.

Fake news
May 23 '19 12:20

"Most of the fake news that Dutch people come across online comes from our own country", Peter Bruger, a researcher at Leiden University, said to newspaper Trouw based on his research.

Fireworks debris
May 23 '19 09:36

The police, Dutch mayors and various large companies issued a joint call on the Dutch government to ban firecrackers and rockets. They want to uphold the tradition of lighting your own fireworks over New Year's, but only with "safe decorative fireworks", they said in a full-page advertisement that will soon appear in national newspapers, RTL Nieuws reports.

Milieudefensie and Groningen residents dump fracking earthquake rubble in front of the Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Hague, 26 Oct 2017
May 22 '19 15:10

The Temporary Committee on Mining Damage in Groningen received 90 damage reports on Wednesday after a 3.4 magnitude earthquake hit the province near the village of Westerwijwerd early in the morning. There were also 12 reports of potentially acutely dangerous situations, NU.nl reports.

May 22 '19 13:30

Shell paid no taxes on the billions of euros in profit it made in the Netherlands over the past years, Marjan van Loon, director of Shell Netherlands, admitted to magazine Elsevier. 

Albert Heijn fights food waste with dynamic discounts
May 21 '19 16:30

Supermarket chain Albert Heijn plans to step up its fight against food waste with a new system called "dynamic discounts". This involves an electronic price tag that gives customers a bigger and bigger discount the closer a product comes to its sell-by date, NOS reports.

Over the past year, Albert Heijn threw away 1 percent of unsold products because they exceeded their expiry date. That amounts to 63 million kilograms of wasted food.  The supermarket chain hopes that the dynamic discounts system can help reduce this.

Teen girl with her school bag
May 21 '19 15:40

11 percent of all group 8 pupils in the Netherlands received the wrong secondary school advice after their final exams. A calculation error resulted in the final exam advice being too high, the Ministry of Education said on Tuesday.

Dutch kids in group 8 get advised on what level of secondary education to follow. This advice is largely based on a school advice drawn up by their teachers based on their performance throughout primary school.  But this advice can be adjusted if the pupils' results on their final tests differ greatly from the school advice.

Bikes pared on an Amsterdam bridge
May 21 '19 13:10

Domestic tourism in the large Dutch cities of Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht increased by 54 percent since 2012. This seems to show that Dutch are not very sensitive to the consequences of mass tourism and therefore avoiding the large cities, ABN Amro's economic office reported on Tuesday, NU.nl reports.

Keukenhof
May 21 '19 12:20

Flower park Keukenhof in Lisse closed its doors for the year this weekend. In the 60 days it was open this year, the Netherlands' biggest flower park attracted a record number of 1.5 million visitors, almost double the 800 thousand tickets the park sold in 2013, the Telegraaf reports.

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. 

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