The Dutch presidency of the European Union is officially underway. The entire European Commission is meeting with the Dutch cabinet in Amsterdam this morning
Thursday morning is again starting out with icy roads in the northern provinces of the Netherlands, with a code red warning in effect for Drenthe, Friesland and Groningen until 11:00 a.m. For the rest of the country there were predictions of fog and limited visibility. But so far the traffic problems seem to be at a minimum.
A code red warning is currently in effect for the northern provinces of Drenthe, Groningen and Friesland due to black ice and slippery roads. National weather service KNMI warns motorists to stay off the road as far as they can manage it and to keep an eye on weather forecasts and traffic information.
The remarks made by the mayor of Cologne about the very high number of sexual assaults in the German city during New Year's lead to fierce criticism from Dutch politicians. Mayor Henriette Reker suggested that women should keep strangers "at arms length to avoid sexual harassment". Dutch Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher calls this statement "completely the wrong signal" that creates the impression that the victims could have done something to stop it.
Breda internet marketing company Yonego is giving their male employees four weeks of paid paternity leave after the birth of their child. This was implemented on January 1st
Icy roads are causing havoc with the traffic in the northern half of the Netherlands. There is a 41 kilometer traffic jam on the A28 between Zwolle and Hoogeveen, where several accidents happened on Wednesday morning, according to traffic information service VID. The ANWB reports that traffic is standing still in both directions.
A Dutch couple was found murdered in their home on their hardwood plantation in Sardinal, Costa Rica on Monday. The victims were identified as Sita Dhawtal and Hans Snelders. One of their workers, Rivar Avenec Montalban from Nicaragua, was found dead outside in the yard
Warnings of ice-covered roads and sidewalks across much of the Netherlands remained largely intact on Tuesday. In the hardest hit northern provinces of Friesland, Groningen and Drenthe, as well as the Frisian Islands and Wadden Sea area, the alert was downgraded from a Code Red to a Code Orange with meteorologists still calling for caution into Thursday.
A fireworks attack on a Jewish family in Amsterdam over New Year's has politicians concerned, both on a local and national level. A spokesperson for Mayor Eberhard van der Laan stated that the mayor finds the attack "terrible" and that he will respond in more detail during the general meeting on Thursday
Doctors do not want to be obligated to perform euthanasia if their patients request it. They want to be able to determine themselves how or if they want to cooperate with a patient's wish to die, and if necessary they want to be able to refuse, doctors federation KNMG said
The long drawn-out asylum procedure before asylum seekers find out whether they qualify for refugee status and a residency permit, put them at a disadvantage and threatens to turn them into an impoverished underclass dominated by unemployment and crime, warn the Justice Ministry's Research and Documentation center, the Social and Cultural Planning Bureau and the Scientific Council for Government Policy
The ice covered roads in the northern parts of the Netherlands caused dozens of car accidents so far.
The men who kidnapped Gino Heeren and Rien de Koning from a car dealership last week, demanded 90 thousand euros in ransom from their family
A KLM crew member was stabbed by a disturbed Chinese passenger on flight KL897 from Amsterdam to Peking on Sunday, the Telegraaf reports. According to passengers, the Chinese man stabbed one of the pilots. He sustained minor injuries.
The KNMI issued a code red warning for black ice and slick roads in Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe. Do not drive if it is not strictly necessary. The warning is in effect from 5:00 a.m. until noon.
The Dutch cabinet has no plans to force businesses to build in “backdoors” for investigative agencies to snoop on data, Security and Justice Minister Ard van der Steur told parliament on Monday. The ruling coalition sees the privacy and security provided by encryption methods as being more important than making it easier for authorities to access information.
The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute issued a code orange warning for black ice and slick roads in Groningen, Friesland, Drenthe and the Waddenzee area. The code orange warning will be in effect from 7:00 p.m. on Monday to 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
According to The Hague Mayor Jozias van Aartsen, banning Salafist organizations is unconstitutional and undesirable, he said in an interview with NRC on Monday. This is in response to a motion in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of Parliament, asking the government to investigate opportunities for banning these organization, which they consider a breeding ground for violent jihadism.
The Public Prosecutor is pressing charges of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter against the man responsible for the fatal accident on the A2 highway near Maarssen last week. He was arraigned in hospital on Saturday
A 15-year-old girl was stabbed on her way to school in Venlo on Monday morning after getting into a fight with a pedestrian. The girl was rushed to the hospital and the police were able to speak with her. The suspect is still at large.
KLM flight KL835 from Amsterdam to Singapore made an emergency landing in Bucharest, Romania late on Sunday night after a young child fell ill on the plane. According to Theo Nabuurs, who was on board, the child had a heart attack. He calls the pilot "a hero" on Twitter, saying that his actions saved a life.
Large parts of the provinces Friesland, Groningen and Drenthe are covered in about 1 to 2 centimeters of snow. Motorists are warned to be careful of slick roads.
One of about 20 Russian soldiers fired the BUK missile that brought down flight MH17 in July 2014, according to international research collective Bellingcat. All of the 20 soldiers know who gave the orders and who actually pressed the button, Eliot Higgins, founder of Bellingcat, said
The victim of a fatal stabbing in London earlier this week was identified as 41-year-old Dutch university lecturer Jeroen Ensink, the British police announced on Friday. A 22 year-old-man was arrested and charged with the Dutch lecturer's murder.