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The Hague city hall
Oct 1 '19 10:54

Two aldermen in The Hague are suspected of bribery and corruption, the Public Prosecutor said in a statement. Their homes and offices in the city hall were raided on Tuesday by officers from the Rijksrecherche, an investigative department that handles investigations into government members and government services.

Marlboro cigarettes wiki commons
Oct 1 '19 08:07

A large part of the Dutch population want people with an unhealthy lifestyle to pay more for their health insurance, according to a study by Statistics Netherlands. 52 percent of Dutch want smokers to have a higher premium for the basic health insurance package. So do 20 percent of smokers themselves, RTL Nieuws reports.

41 percent said that heavy drinkers should pay more for health insurance. 20 percent want the same for people who do not exercise enough. And a quarter of Dutch think that overweight people should have higher premiums. 

Traffic in the rain
Oct 1 '19 07:44

Hundreds of farmers from across the Netherlands are on their way to The Hague on their tractors, where they will demonstrate on Tuesday. The police are escorting multiple processions of tractors, to keep traffic problems as limited as possible. But despite this, traffic chaos is building up on multiple highways.

By 7:30 a.m. there were over 650 kilometers of traffic jams caused by the farmers, in combination with the rainy weather and a few accidents, according to travelers organization ANWB. Usually there are around 250 kilometers of jams by this time on a Tuesday. 

Ankle monitor
Sep 30 '19 08:48

The Probation Service Netherlands is implementing a stricter security regime around extremely dangerous suspects and convicts that pose a severe risk to the safety of probation officers. In some cases, if the posed risk is high enough, it may result in the Probation Service refusing criminals - a first in the history of the service, general manager Johan Bac said to AD.

Dutch police
Sep 30 '19 07:55

The team chief of the Haarlemmermeer police was suspended so that allegations of sexual harassment against him can be investigated. The man is suspected of sexual assault and texting sexual messages to a female police officer working under him, NRC reports based on sources within the police. 

Anja Schouten, the unit chief for the Noord-Holland police, confirmed to NRC that an "exploratory investigation" is ongoing, but would say nothing further. 

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
Sep 30 '19 07:30

A 26-year-old man from Rotterdam was seriously hurt in a shooting at a cafe in the center of the city on Sunday night. The victim was rushed to hospital, the police said. Around 10 shots were fired with an automatic firearm, bystanders told broadcaster NOS.

The shooting happened at around 9:30 p.m. at coffee bar Roffa Coffee on Nieuwe Binnenweg. The street was pretty crowded at the time. Witnesses reported seeing a car with Belgian license plates leave the scene after the shooting. 

Vaccination
Sep 27 '19 09:01

From 2021 boys in the Netherlands will also be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus virus (HPV), State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health announced on Friday. Currently only girls are vaccinated against this virus, which can cause cervical cancer.

Police guard in a detention center
Sep 27 '19 07:50

A minor was arrested on Thursday night on suspicion of setting a very large number of fires in the Gelderland village of Zuilichem over the past months, the police said in a statement. The girl was arrested in her home on Boogerd just before 10:00 p.m., according to Omroep Gelderland. 

The Galecopper Bridge over the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal on the A12 in Utrecht
Sep 27 '19 07:33

Road works on the Galecopper Bridge will cause traffic problems on the A12 around Utrecht for the coming month, Rijkswaterstaat expects. The work on the bridge started on Thursday night and means that fewer lanes are open on the A12 towards Arnhem. Traffic jams started piling up early on Friday morning, according to travelers' association ANWB.

Just before 7:00 a.m. the ANWB reported the first traffic jams related to these road works. Traffic was piling up on the A12 from Harmelen and on the A2 from Nieuwegein.

Netherlands police uniform
Sep 26 '19 08:40

The police want 445 extra police officers for a Narcotics Unit aimed at tackling organized crime, is stated in provisional plans from the judiciary and police that Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security is currently considering, AD reports.

Forensic investigators at the scene of a fatal shooting on De Clercqstraat, 13 May 2015
Sep 26 '19 08:18

The number of people killed in a crime in the Netherlands last year decreased by a quarter compared to 2017. Last year 119 people were victims of murder or manslaughter, 39 fewer than in 2017, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday. Of the 119 victims, 19 did not live in the Netherlands.

Stef Blok
Sep 26 '19 07:46

The Netherlands and Iraq are looking into whether jihadists who fought for terrorist organizations like ISIS can be tried in the Middle Eastern country. Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs is advocating for a separate international tribunal to try foreign rebel fighters in the Syrian civil war, NRC reports.

Health insurance
Sep 25 '19 08:59

At least 85 large healthcare companies in the Netherlands have been making unusually large profits for at least two years, according to research by journalistic platforms Pointer, Reporter Radio, and Follow the Money. These companies made at least 10 percent in profit these past two years, while profit rates of 2 to 3 percent are usual in the healthcare sector.

Savings
Sep 25 '19 08:01

Minister Wopke Hoekstra of Finance does not want to outright ban a negative interest rate on savings. Such a "hard ban" would be a "very significant intervention in the market" which can have negative effects, he said in response to parliamentary questions from the CDA and PvdA, NU.nl reports.

King Willem-Alexander with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Foreign Affairs Ministers Stef Blok and Sigrid Kaag at the UN General Assembly, 24 Sept 2019
Sep 25 '19 07:34

In his speech at the General Assembly of the United Nations, King Willem-Alexander called on Russia to cooperate in the investigation into the downing of flight MH17. "The relatives of the 298 victims expect justice and we will not rest until justice is done", the Dutch King said. King Willem-Alexander also spoke on climate change and LGBTQ rights in his speech. NOS reports.

Starbucks
Sep 24 '19 10:32

The tax agreements the Netherlands made with Starbucks are not equivalent to state aid, the European General Court ruled on Tuesday, annulling a previous ruling by the European Commission.

Health insurance
Sep 24 '19 08:23

Health insurer DSW will increase its health insurance premium by 6 euros to 118 euros per month next year, double the just above 3 euros increase the government estimated.

"The extra 3 euros is due to the fact that we were able to return 5 euros from our reserves last year to dampen the increase in premiums. This year that can only be 2 euros", DSW's new CEO Aad de Groot said to NOS. 

Body guard
Sep 24 '19 08:01

After the murder of defense lawyer Derk Wiersum in Amsterdam last week, extra security measures were taken for dozens of people. These include judges and prosecutors involved in the case against Ridouan Taghi or related cases, sources told NOS.

Johannes 'Joop' V.
Sep 24 '19 07:35

The ex fiance of the 47-year-old Dutch man suspected of murdering an 11-year-old girl in Romania is not surprised by the accusations against him. "It is a shock, but he had a past. This is not really a surprise for me", she said to Omroep Brabant.

Thomas Cook Airlines - Belgium from Schiphol Amsterdam
Sep 23 '19 22:42

All Dutch flights scheduled for Tuesday on Thomas Cook or Neckermann were scrapped as the parent company continued to deal with severe financial problems. Thomas Cook Group Plc declared bankruptcy early on Monday, and the company assured travelers that those using the Dutch branch of the travel agency would still be able to complete their holidays.

Mihaela Fieraru, killed in Romania
Sep 23 '19 17:59

The 47-year-old Dutch man wanted in connection with the strangulation of a young Romanian girl killed himself in a car wreck on Monday. Police in the East-Brabant district of the Netherlands confirm to NL Times that the man suspected by Romanian authorities drove his car into oncoming traffic, striking a lorry in a head-on collision. 

Pills
Sep 23 '19 08:19

The number of reports of shortages and imminent shortages of medicines in the Netherlands increased significantly this year and is expected to double compared to last year, Minister Bruno Bruins for Medical Care said in an interview with newspaper AD.

Ambulance
Sep 23 '19 07:52

Six young people were hospitalized on Sunday evening after they used ecstasy at youth care institution De La Salle in Boxtel. "One of them is in bad shape", the Oost-Brabant police said on Twitter.

Ambulances were deployed to the youth care institution at around 7:30 p.m. when the first of the group of young people became unwell. They were rushed to a hospital in the area. The police are investigating where they got the drugs. 

Romanian police
Sep 23 '19 07:33

A Dutch man may be a suspect in the abduction and murder of an 11-year-old girl in Romania. The girl, Mihaela Fieraru, did not come home from school on Friday. Her body was found on Sunday, in a field a few kilometers from her hometown of Gura Sutii, NOS and NU.nl report.

The Romanian police have not confirmed the suspect's nationality, but Romanian media report that he's Dutch based on an unofficial statement from a police officer.

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