May 28 '13 08:08

The missing volleyball player Ingrid Visser and her partner Lodewijk Severein have probably been killed because of a business conflict. Further, the Spanish police thinks that the couple have been killed in a flat in Molina de Segura, where they seemed to have stayed together with their killers.

May 28 '13 07:54

Call credits  should at least be good for half a year. A majority in the House wants Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs, to arrange this by law as soon as possible, reports the AD on Tuesday.

D66, PvdA, PVV, CDA and SP follow with this call an action of the consumer organization Consumentenbond. The Consumentenbond thinks that call credits may not expire after only one month. They say that companies like T-Mobile, Vodafone and KPN earn about 68 million euro a month on expired call credits.

May 28 '13 07:42

In Groningen city, at the Grote Markt, people have been working until late Monday evening to prepare the visit of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima. On Tuesday the couple will start a journey to all twelve provinces. The intention of these visits is to give the people in the Netherlands a chance to see and meet the couple.

May 24 '13 07:30

On Thursday evening, a gunshot victim was found on the roof of a burning gym in Groningen. The wounded man managed to call the police despite the injury.

"The odd thing was," say the police, "when we arrived, the building at Protonstraat was on fire." When the fire brigade arrived, they lifted the man off the roof with a crane. The fire was then rapidly extinguished.

May 24 '13 07:26

Protesters arrested in Amsterdam's Dam Square on April 30 during the inauguration have requested a face-to-face meeting with new King Willem-Alexander.

Republican activist Hans Maessen wrote a letter stating that he and Joanna van der Hoek want to exchange points of views about how to better protect freedom of speech in the Netherlands.

The two activists who were on the Dam Square to protest against the monarchy were arrested by police and released shortly thereafter. The police has since acknowledged an error in judgment, and apologized to both Maessen and van der Hoek.

May 24 '13 07:20

Eva Jinek will no longer present her program at WNL. Already in the coming weekend the presentation will be done by Janneke Willemse, assisted sometimes by Charles Groenhuijsen and on other occasions by Paul Jansen. This was made public by the broadcaster WNL on Thursday.

Jinek heard, on Thursday afternoon, that she didn’t have to go to the studio on Sunday, from chief editor Bert Huisjes. “This was quite sudden. At first I thought he made a joke,” told Jinek to Radio 1. She thinks that the worst thing is that she will now not be able to say goodbye to the viewers.

May 24 '13 07:09

VVD MP René Leegte accused Foreign Trade and Development Minister Lilianne Ploumen of spending too much time focused on Bangladesh in the aftermath of a recent building collapse at a clothing and textile factory complex.

The disaster caused the death of more than 1100 people.

May 24 '13 06:58

Fans of television series can enjoy themselves from Friday till Sunday at the ‘Westergasfabriek’ area. The first edition of the ‘Amsterdam Series Weekend’ will be held on that location. At the venue there will be different spots where visitors can see tv series which have not been shown yet in the Netherlands as well as the first episode of series which will be shown in the coming season.

May 24 '13 06:48

A big part of the Netherlands has experienced the coldest May 23, since the weather measurements started in 1901. In de Bilt it was the whole day colder than 10.4 degrees Celsius. Of all 34 measurement locations, only five of them didn’t reach a cold record.

The temperature ranged from 8 degrees in Brabant and Limburg to 11 degrees in Noord Holland and Friesland. The maximum temperature on May 23 was 11.7 degrees in the Noordoostpolder.

May 23 '13 09:04

The conditions  which the government wants to use to legalize online gambling from 2015 on, are too strict. This will cause that illegal sites will remain in the market, and this makes that gambling addiction can not be addressed properly. This says Robin Linschoten, president of the Foundation Online Gaming in Netherlands (STIOG) in response on plans of the government which were made public on Wednesday.

May 23 '13 08:58

More voters, than people might have thought, seem to be true believers of conspiracy theories, according to an investigation by the Free University (VU) of Amsterdam. 

Especially people who vote for PVV and SP, frequently believe in conspiracy theories. But also voters of 50Plus and the Party for the Animals (PvdD) have a tendency to believe in conspiracy theories rather than good arguments, or even scientific facts, which prove those theories to be wrong.

May 23 '13 08:50

Until 2018 about 15 thousand of the 150 thousand jobs in the Civil Service will be lost. In total, the government wants to reduce the expenditure of the central government, with almost a quarter, to 13 billion euros. This is part of the ‘National Reform Agenda’ that the responsible Minister, Stef Blok (VVD) sent on Wednesday to the House.

May 22 '13 08:50

Minister Ronald Plasterk of Internal Affairs says that if the attempts to form super provinces will fail, provincial governments and the big cities will have a huge fight within the coming thirty years. 

“Big cities become not only bigger but also more powerful. Therefore the provincial governments must be reinforced. It has to be avoided that big cities like Amsterdam and Almere are the decision makers in their province,” Plasterk warned the House during a debate on Tuesday.

May 22 '13 08:45

Despite the crisis and the fact that more than half of the world has not enough food, more food ends up as garbage in the Netherlands. This was reported on Tuesday evening by the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

The consumers are responsible for the majority of the food waste. Comparing to 2009, an astonishing 6 to 60 kg more food was wasted per person in 2011.

May 22 '13 08:42

The Association of Offical Coffeeshops in Maastricht (VOCM) will continue to sell soft drugs to Belgians and Germans, despite the fact that mayor Onno Hoes of Maastricht ordered them to stop selling to foreigners.

Marc Josemans, spokesman for the VOCM says that the ridiculous idea of the mayor and the council will bring back the street dealers. “We have tried this for one year and it was very unsuccessful. That is not only our opinion but the opinion of almost everybody in Maastricht.”

May 22 '13 08:37

The article in Dagblad Trouw, from last Saturday, about the Islamization of the Schilderswijk in The Hague, has stirred up the politics in the Netherlands.

A majority in the House supports the proposal of the PVV to have a debate, about the Schilderswijk and the status of Islamization, with Minister Ronald Plasterk of Internal Affairs and Vice Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher.

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