The number of complaints about the public transport rechargeable card, OV chipkaart, have more than doubled in the past year, according to figures from OV Loket, the ombudsman of public transport. The reason for the drastic increase in complains is the high price of the card and replacement costs, said the head of OV Loket, Dorathé Hoentjen.
With oil prices continue to slide on the global market, petrol and diesel buyers are seeing the result at the pump. Euro 95 petrol in the Netherlands dropped as low as €1.36 per liter, a price spotted at the SuperTank in Lelystad.
Dutch police want more manpower and better defenses in the fight against terrorism. “National and international events have required many police in recent times,” the union for police officers, ACP, wrote in a letter to Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten and police chief Gerard Bouman
The director of the company responsible for the allegedly fraudulent sales of horse meat will be the only person tried in connection with the food scandal, the public prosecutor announced on Tuesday. The 45-year-old is accused of selling 300,000 kilos of horse meat labeled as beef from 2011 to 2013.
A new threat issued by a group claiming affiliation with ISIS names Amsterdam amongst several potential high-profile targets. Titled “Lone Wolves”, the Arabic-language piece seems to promote the use of dirty bombs with the statement, “You will feel it when Cesium-131 spreads down the streets and train stations of Russia, Boston, Dallas, Virginia and Amsterdam.”
Field hockey star Inge Vermeulen has died at the age of 30, her team SCHC Bilthoven announced today. Brazilian-born Vermeulen played as a goalkeeper for the team for the past eight years.
The Netherlands is not at “war” with Islamist extremists, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Sunday. He disagrees with PVV leader Geert Wilders assertion that the entire Muslim world has declared war on the west, he said during television show Buitenhof.
The parliamentary influence of Partij voor de Vrijheid (PVV) has reached its low point since March 2014. Throughout the last year, only nine motions by PVV were accepted, just three percent of the motions submitted by the party, according to a Trouw newspaper analysis of data from parliament.
Rating agency Fitch reaffirmed the Netherlands AAA rating on Friday on signs the country’s economy is recovering. The agency predicts GDP growth of 1.2 percent for 2015.
The code yellow weather warning is still in effect across parts of the Netherlands on Sunday with high winds expected to take their toll for a third straight day. Wind speeds of 90 km/h along the coast and 80 km/h inland are expected.
The removal of carcinogenic asbestos from the Royal Navy submarines will be an expensive job. On its own, the cleanup of the submarine Zeeleeuw will be a million euros, the Defence Department said earlier in the week.
A man held by Amsterdam police during Thursday’s minute of silence for the recent Paris shootings had a large knife in his possession. He disrupted the quiet moment by singing comedian Hans Teeuwen’s song “Het vrije woord,” a song about free speech.
Strong winds blew across the Netherlands for a second straight day, causing trouble on the roads and delays at the airports. The government’s highway and waterway management department, Rijkswaterstaat, said some motorists should stay off the road until the ongoing weather warning is lifted.
Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan spoke one-on-one with the NL Times following a demonstration on Dam Square in support of free speech Thursday night. He spoke about freedom, security, and how balance needs to be found amongst the two in a city like Amsterdam.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte tried to allay fears that the Netherlands is not prepared to deal with domestic terrorism following a meeting of the Dutch Cabinet on Friday. “While we cannot guarantee that no attacks will take place, the police, security offices and the [National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism] have done everything reasonable to prevent this,” he said at a press conference.
The widow of Stéphane Charbonnier, the editor and caricaturist of satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, compares her husband's death to the murder of the Dutch film director Theo Van Gogh. Charbonnier was killed in the Charlie Hebdo shootings on January 7th.
The number of Dutch jihadists is much higher than the government reports, according to ISIS expert Pieter Van Ostaeyen, former military intelligence analyst Ronald Sandee and the Dutch jihadists themselves.
Over 18,000 people showed up at Dam Square in Amsterdam to rally in support of free speech, and the victims of the shootings at Charlie Hebdo in Paris. “Today we say by the thousands, ‘Hands off our freedom,’” Prime Minister Mark Rutte firmly said.
Wind speeds up to 90 km/h have been predicted for much of the Netherlands on Friday and Saturday, meteorological department KNMI reports. Winds could even reach up to 100 km/h in some coastal areas on Friday morning.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is giving a speech after the moment of silence to commemorate the victims and families of the Charlie Hebdo shootings is concluded. Prime Minister Rutte will make his remarks from Dam Square in Amsterdam.
Demonstrations are being organized in several Dutch cities on Thursday from 6:00 p.m. in support of the victims and survivors of the attack on in Paris on Wednesday. Twelve people were killed in a raid at the office of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical weekly newspaper, and many others were injured.
Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb appeared on television programme Nieuwsuur Wednesday night, and lashed out at Muslims living in this society despite their hatred of it. “It is incomprehensible that you can turn against freedom,” he said. “But if you do not like freedom, in Heaven’s name pack your bag and leave.”
Following an attack on the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte quickly notified the public that his country will support France as it deals with the fallout from the attack. Two armed, masked gunmen with rapid-fire weaponry and a rocket launcher initiated an assault on the office Wednesday leaving 12 dead, including two police officers, and at least nine injured.
The relationship between the Netherlands and Turkey was yet again put to the test when Dutch journalist Frederike Geerdink was brought into questioning by the Turkish terrorism police on January 6. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bert Koenders, was attending the annual ambassadors' conference in Turkey and was quick to react to the case.