A total of 164 police employees were dismissed because of integrity issues last year, the police announced today. The number of police officers involved in an internal investigation into possible integrity violations remained about the same in the past 5 years.
A 33 year old mother abducted two of her children (7 and 8 years old) from Maastricht and took them to Syria, Brabants Dagblad reports.
The National Platform Firearms (LPV), a collaboration to combat the illegal firearms trade, was quietly disbanded at the end of January. This is according to an investigation done by television program Brandpunt Reporter, which was broadcast last night.
It is still possible that Greece will exit the euro zone (the so called Grexit), Frans Timmermans, the Vice President of the European Commission, said on the television program Buitnhof yesterday. He also called the threat made by the Greek minister of defense to open up the borders for ISIS-combatants if Europe does not give Greece favorable conditions "insane and outrageous", NU reports.
Minister Edith Schippers (Health, VVD) thinks that the scandals that have recently come to light around the VVD were kept back to come out just before the provincial elections on Wednesday, the Volkskrant reports.
At least two students protesting the University of Amsterdam were arrested Friday evening after the Lieverdje statue in the Spui was set on fire. Demonstrating students and supportive lectures were gathered to commemorate their month-long occupation of university buildings.
The eagle owl that terrorized Purmerend since last March was caught by a falconer on Friday, the city revealed. At least one eagle owl is believed to be responsible for over fifty attacks on people, which increased dramatically in recent months.
The three Ajax youth team players arrested Thursday for assaulting a female police officer were released from custody, the prosecutor said on Friday. The team has suspended the trio pending an internal investigation.
According to Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem (Finance, Euro Group chairman), Greece should not accuse other countries of causing its problems. "There is a lot of verbal abuse. I do not think it serves any purpose." he said on Friday, the AD reports.
Minister Henk Kamp (Economic Affairs) is "very disappointed" that the EU member states could not reach an agreement on protecting net neutrality within the EU, NU reports. This may put the net neutrality in the Netherlands at risk.
Three Ajax youth players were arrested last night for assaulting a police officer wearing civilian clothes, De Telegraaf reports.
The Justice official who tweeted that terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIS) is a "Zionist plot", can not be dismissed. Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher (Social Affairs) made premature remarks about the tweeting official and thereby "disturbed" the labor relations.
A baby was born in the Dirk van den Broek on Pretoriusstraat in Amsterdam last night, RTV Noord-Holland reports. According to the police, both mother and baby are doing well.
Air France-KLM will not be transferring any jobs from the KLM office in Amstelveen to its own headquarters in Paris. CEO Alexandre de Juniac issued this guarantee during a conversation with State Secretary Wilma Mansveld (Infrastructure) at a summit in Paris, the Volkskrant reports.
Ajax hooligans tried to take revenge on Feyenoord supporters for the fire at the Ajax supporters' home, but were stopped by the police, RTV Noord Holland reports. The retaliation was planned for the mach between Heracles and Feyenoord on February 14th.
A fire in a train near the Abcoude station has left rail service cancelled between Utrecht Central and Amsterdam Schiphol airport. The train stoppage is in effect on NS Intercity trains at least to 2 a.m. Friday, the NS said.
When three art students decide to prank the Netherlands by jokingly offer residents the chance to trade their votes in the upcoming provincial election for physical goods, they were surprised by the number of people who actually took up the offer. People using their RuilJeStempas (literally, “trade your vote”) Facebook page offered up their votes an Apple iPhone charger, pieces of fruit, and cheap household goods, Asja Keeman tells NL Times.
In spite of the slow recovery, Eurozone has taken important steps for strengthening of the currency union, wrote Netherlands Central Bank (DNB) president Klaas Knot. However, the emerging growth has to be perceived cautiously in the context of occurring political instabilities and fluctuating market sentiment, Mr Knot warned.
The United Kingdom's largest commercial broadcaster ITV is in the process of acquiring Dutch media company Talpa Media for as much as 1.1 billion euros, Bloomberg reports.
The public prosecutor is investigating three different Brabant police officers involved in shooting incidents last year, officials told broadcaster Omroep Brabant. The shootings took place in Tilburg and Oosterhout, with prosecutors questioning if the use of lethal force was appropriate in either situation.
Train conductors are striking at all train stations in Rotterdam on Wednesday afternoon, causing delays and cancellations into the evening rush hour. The conductors called the surprise labour action to draw attention to several high-profile attacks on NS conductors over the past week, the Dutch railway said.
21 Groningen municipalities are appealing to the Council of State against Minister Henk Kamp's (Economic Affairs, VVD) gas extraction decision, NRC reports.
The municipality of Haaksbergen says that no mistakes were made when granting a permit for the infamous event with the monster truck last year. According to Mayor Hans Gerritsen, the safety instructions were adequate, which means that the permit will not have to be nullified, NOS reports.