Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security will meet with mayors and the chief of police to discuss the Dutch Safety Board's recommendation that banger- and rocket-type fireworks be banned, he said at the start of the Council of Ministers on Friday. After that, he will discuss the report with the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, AD reports.
Three former members of outlaw motorcycle club No Surrender decided to break the club's code of silence and tell their story to the Telegraaf and the police. They paint a scary picture of the club enriching itself by expelling members in order to extort them, debts of members being recovered from their family and friends, and recruitment specifically for drug connections.
The bodies of two people were found in a home in the sparsely populated farming town of Vlagtwedde on Friday. The police responded to the home in the Groningen town after receiving a report about a disturbed man, NOS reports.
The responding officer called in a SWAT team when no one opened the home's door. Inside two bodies were found.
The police found 11 stowaways, including a pregnant woman, in the back of a refrigerated truck on the A67 in Bladel on Thursday evening. The Polish truck driver called the police when he heard voices in his trailer, RTL Nieuws reports.
The stowaways spent two days in the back of the truck. Fortunately, the cooling element was not turned on. All eleven people are adults and were in good health.
After his acquittal by the Argentinian court on Wednesday, former Transavia pilot Julio Poch is considering suing the Dutch and Argentinian States, his lawyer Geert Jan Knoops said to the Volkskrant. Poch was acquitted of involvement in so-called death flights during the military dictatorship in Argentina between 1976 and 1983. He was arrested in Spain in 2009 after a tip from the Dutch judiciary and extradited to Argentina, where he spent eight years in custody before his acquittal.
By the end of this government's term in 2021, the energy bill for Dutch households will be on average 175 euros more expensive than this year, Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate said in a parliamentary debate on Thursday. Next year, households can expect an average energy bill increase of 45 euros, NU.nl reports.
Wiebes emphasized that this is an estimate, but if there is no change in policy, households can take these increases into account.
The vast majority of Dutch consumers can save a lot of money on their basic health insurance policy, according to a study by the Netherlands authority on consumers and markets ACM and the Dutch healthcare authority NZa, NU.nl reports.
Last year three quarters of Dutch were on a basic health insurance policy for which there was a cheaper, comparable alternative. On average, Dutch pay about 100 euros per year too much for their basic health insurance.
The government should ban bangers and rockets, the Dutch Safety Board said in a report on New Year's fireworks that will be published later today, RTL Nieuws reports. According to the board, the risks involved in New Year's celebrations are unacceptably high.
The VVD, D66 and PvdA want clarification from the government on exactly what role the Netherlands played in the case against former Transavia pilot Julio Poch. After years in custody, the Argentinian-Dutch man was acquitted on Wednesday of involvement in so-called "death flights" during the military dictatorship in Argentina between 1976 and 1983, ANP reports.
Motorists across the Netherlands should be extra alert when getting behind the wheel this morning. Visibility reducing fog, combined with slippery roads due to freezing, make for hazardous driving conditions. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning for most of the country.
A gigantic version of the famous Dutch souvenir sculpture - the Delft blue kissing couple - was put together in Amsterdam on Thursday. The Kissing Couple XXXL, commissioned by the FietsCoalitie, now stands 10 meters tall on Hempontplein, along the fast bicycle route from Zaanstad to Sloterdijk and Amsterdam Centrum, Het Parool reports.
Together, the couple weighs around 6,700 kilograms and stand about as high as a three-floor building. The idea is that the statue puts the bicycle route and Amsterdam-West on the map for visitors.
The Rotterdam police arrested a tantra masseuse on suspicion of sexual abuse. The man was arrested after a fourth woman filed a declaration with the police saying that the man abused her. Three others also reported being raped or abused by the man, NOS reports.
The masseuse is in custody for questioning, the Public Prosecutor in Rotterdam confirmed to the broadcaster.
A 39-year-old Amsterdam man accused of kidnapping a 16-year-old girl and forcing her to marry him convicted on Thursday. He was sentenced to two years in prison, according to news wire ANP.
The man was acquitted of terrorism related charges, and planning a trip to war-torn Syria.
The teenaged girl is from the small Noord-Brabant village of Heesch. She was missing for several weeks spanning July and August in 2016.
The Amsterdam city council meeting was suspended for a time on Thursday afternoon while three men dressed as blackface Zwarte Pieten, complete with gold rings in their ears and red lips, were removed from the public gallery. Officially they were removed because the blackface makeup made them unrecognizable and they thereby violated a ban on wearing face-covering clothing in public buildings, AD reports.
A 21-year-old nursing home worker accused of intentionally injecting elderly patients with overdoses of insulin is now suspected in two other fatal cases, the public prosecutor announced on Thursday. Rahiied A. was already suspected of causing the death of one person, and having possible involvement in the deaths of four others.
There are at least six known cases where a victim survived.
As per annual tradition, the Institute for the Dutch Language released the top 10 most annoying words of 2017, words they'd rather see disappear from the language. The words, translated to English, include super, loverboy, gender neutral and sustainable.