The Dutch police encountered kill lists from Afghan refugee from the seventies while conducting a criminal investigation into a war crimes suspect from Afghanistan. The lists contain the names of 5000 people who were executed by the Communist regime.
In the middle of the commotion about the budget for the coming year towards Budget Day, minister Jeanine Hennis of Defense released the plans for the future of Defense. One of the decisions of the government is to buy 37 JSFs.
Coalition partners VVD and PvdA see a recovery of the Dutch economy. This was clear from a debate between the group leaders of the six largest parties in the House.
Both Zijlstra (VVD) and Samsom (PvdA) told their opponents that they were seeing signs of recovery, like the sectors housing and export.
The opposition had another view. Wilders (PVV) and Roemer (SP) think that this government ruins the economy with all the cuts. Wilders even said that Zijlstra and Samsom were possibly from another planet.
The mortality by the least common form of skin cancer, melanoma, has increased by 38 percent since 2000, according to figures from Statistics Netherlands.
Almost no one knows, but for years holes in the budget were plugged with a can of coke or a glass of orange. The government even taxes mineral water. Not everyone is happy about it, not even in The Hague.
It’s obviously one of the most popular but also controversial tourist spots of Amsterdam. The red light district, in Dutch also called De Wallen, is situated in one of the oldest parts of Amsterdam and has around 2000 prostitutes. In 2007 the municipality of Amsterdam launched ‘Project 1012’ to fight against the high level of crime and human trafficking in the postal code area ‘1012’, where De Wallen is also located. After five years, has this initiative paid off?
Plastic surgeons will register breast implants, starting summer next year. They are working on a secure registration system.
King Willem-Alexander read the throne speech for the first time this Tuesday in the Hall of Knights in The Hague. In it he spoke, among other things of the chance of recovery in the economy and the disappearance of the welfare state.
Two military policemen in training are fired for discriminating an instructor. The two men of 22 and 25 years of age, were suspended since February.
An important tradition on Prinsjesdag are the hats. And they were, true to tradition, abundantly present.
Ten residents of the Kruidenbuurt in Heerenveen need to be examined by a pulmonologist, to determine whether their health issues are caused by polyurethane foam. That is the advise of the Frisian GGD after investigation. The GGD can not exclude that the complaints are the result of pur insulation in their homes.At the request of the housing association WoonFriesland, the GGD started the research this Summer in the Kruidenbuurt. 47 residents of 29 homes suspect their deteriorating health is the result of a large-scale program of housing insulation.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte counts on the Tuesday presented package of six billion in additional spending cuts being the last addition to the coalition agreement.
There is less and less demand for blood. The demand for donated blood has decreased in the last three years by 15 percent
Although everybody knows that Prinsjesdag is the day that the King reads a speech, made by the government (troonrede or throne speech), it is also the day that the House is discussing the content of this troonrede and the day that the minister of Finance gives the House an attaché case which contains the Dutch National Budget. In English therefore the Prinsjesdag is called Budget Day.
Prinsjesdag is a day full of tradition mixed with serious business. But why do the Dutch do this serious business in such a way and since when?
A 52-year-old motorist from Leuth in Gelderland took place behind the wheel Sunday, unabashedly, with a bottle of wine in hand.
The horses that will be used in the royal procession Tuesday from Noordeinde Palace to the Binnenhof on Budget Day are ready for possible disturbances.