The court in Amsterdam has ruled that Zwarte Piet is harmful towards black people. Mayor Eberhard van der Laan should have taken this into consideration when issuing the permit for the Sinterklaas entrance parade into the city last year.
Beach weather is back for the first time in three weeks with sea temperatures rising to 20 degrees. Around The Netherlands, the weather will be summery at 25 degrees. MeteoGroep even expects temperatures up to 30 degrees for tomorrow.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has predicted a gas crisis of "large scope" in the coming Autumn as a direct result of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Ukraine is the most important transit country for gas to Europe, meaning that the Western parts of the continent will be affected as well.
Lasst year, asbestos treatment companies were fined for violating rules twice as many times as in 2012. The SZW Inspection, formerly the labour inspection, discovered 433 cases of violation in 2013. This was just over 200 in the previous year.
Bars and restaurants will all have to comply with the smoking ban after Parliament voted with a majority of 76 against 70. This means that small bars who have been able to hold out up to now, will also be removing ashtrays from tables.
State Secretary Fred Teeven and the Ministry of Justice have been determined too strict in their policy around the child pardon regulations. The court in The Hague decided yesterday that it is unjust to deny a child asylum if the child has not been visible to the Realm, but only to the municipality.
Nigel de Jong will no longer be able to assist The Netherlands in their World Cup campaign due to a groin injury that will see him inactive on the bench for the next two to four weeks. On Twitter, De Jong says he is "devastated" at the news, but encourages his team to remain focused.
Dutch companies are at the forefront of social media according to statistics released Tuesday by the Statistics Netherland (CBS). More then a quarter of companies in the Netherlands are using Twitter and other microblogs like to communicate with their customers.
Between 2011 and 2013, former Members of Parliament have collectively received more than €12 million in half-pay. Ex-Ministers and ex-State Secretaries together accounted for €2 million. This comes from Minister Plasterk, in answer to Parliament questions from the SP, the NOS reports.
The law that allows transgenders to amend their gender on their passports more easily has gone through today. The law has removed several bureaucratic and stringent steps, making the process more efficient.
The families of Lisanne Froon and Kris Kremers, the two Dutch girls who disappeared, and died in the jungles of Panama, are telling the people who have supported them for so long that they may organize a memorial.
Cuts to the Netherlands Security Service AIVD are going to be entirely restored. The Cabinet does not believe it responsible to make cuts to the budget of this service, especially seeing the new heightened threat of a terrorist attack inside the country, De Telegraaf reports.
Netherlands counter-terrorism coordinator AIVD has warned that the threat of a terrorist attack in the country is "bigger than ever before." The secret service is taking a possible attack against the Dutch democratic society very seriously, De Telegraaf reports.
A fire in the center of Haarlem has broken out in a building in the shopping area on De Grote Houtstraat. It is unclear what caused the fire, but the area has been closed off, and neighboring buildings are being partly evacuated.
The match between The Netherlands and Mexico on Sunday evening was watched by almost 8.1 million Dutch people at home. On Twitter, 9.1 million tweets were sent out about the match. The Netherlands will meet Costa Rica on July 5th.
Royal Dutch Airlines has become the focus of a racism row over a tweet the airline posted after Oranje's controversial last-minute win over Mexico in the World Cup match on Sunday.
Facing imminent elimination with only minutes left in the World Cup match against Mexico, the Netherlands found a way to put the ball in the back of the net twice to win 2-0. The thrilling game saw Oranje knock Mexico out of the tournament, and move on to face the winner of the Greece-Costa Rica match later Sunday evening.
Rumors that Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is setting himself up as candidate for the new president of the EU, to take the place of Herman van Rompuy, are "nonsense", said Deputy PM Lodewijk Asscher on Friday.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD) has said that the appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker as successor of José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, will be approved by The Netherlands.
Despite an overall drop in unemployment, in the over-50s age group, it seems to be increasing. Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs will make €34 million available for a plan to give the over-50s extra training.
Dutch footballer Arjen Robben is cautiously confident about his team's future in the World Cup. He is critical about the way his team has been playing, but believes that The Netherlands can reach the final.
Returned fighters in the ongoing Syrian crisis have become the focus of a criminal investigation by the Public Prosecution Authority (OM). "Several dozen" Jihadis, recruiters and others are being investigated, according to Minister Ivo Opstelten of Security and Justice.
Police in Amsterdam have evacuated Dam Square and the Amsterdam branch of Dutch department store De Bijenkorf after a bomb threat was received, police said. No details of the threat have been publicly revealed.
Festivals making final preparations for this weekends events are going out of their way to make sure that Oranje fans will be able to watch Sunday's World Cup match between the Netherlands and Mexico without issue. Festival organizers across the country are scrambling to provide large screens so supporters can cheer on Holland, newspaper Parool reported.