May 22 '19 13:30

Shell paid no taxes on the billions of euros in profit it made in the Netherlands over the past years, Marjan van Loon, director of Shell Netherlands, admitted to magazine Elsevier. 

Ballot box and EU flag
May 22 '19 12:40

This week residents of the European Union will vote for the European Parliament. The elections are held over several days throughout the EU, starting in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom on Thursday.

Firefighters
May 22 '19 11:50

The police arrested two suspects in connection with a fire at a primary school in Renkum in Gelderland on Tuesday evening. Both suspects are minors, aged 13 and 17 years old, and come from the Gelderland village, the police said on Wednesday.

The fire at the Albert Schweitzerschool broke out at around 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, NU.nl reports. Firefighters quickly established that it was arson. The first suspect was arrested at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, shortly after the fire was extinguished. The second suspect was arrested 30 minutes later.

collegas-op-straat
May 22 '19 11:00

The police in Amsterdam managed to identify the suspected gunman in a fatal shooting at a parking garage in Amsterdam over the weekend. They call on the suspect to turn himself in. If he doesn't do so by the end of Wednesday, the police will make his identity public.

The AIVD building in Zoetermeer
May 22 '19 10:10

Syrian man Abdelaziz A., who was recognized as a jihad combatant in the Amsterdam debate center De Balie in 2017, worked as an informant for Dutch intelligence and security service AIVD between 2016 and 2018, Nieuwsuur reports based on information from sources.

The Dutch police's special intervention service entering a home
May 22 '19 09:20

A 47-year-old man from Syria was arrested in Kapelle in Zeeland on Tuesday on suspicion of committing war crimes and terrorist crimes in Syria. The man is suspected of being a commander of a battalion in terrorist organization Jabhat al-Nusra, the police said in a statement.

Hands clutching bed linen
May 22 '19 08:42

The Netherlands is implementing stricter laws around sex crimes, according to a new legislative proposal Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security announced. Under the new law you can be punished both if you know the other person did not want to have sex, and if you could have known that. When in doubt, the person initiating sexual acts has the duty to ask whether the other person is okay with what is happening, under the new law, NOS reports.

Mark Harbers
May 22 '19 08:04

Mark Harbers resigned as State Secretary for Justice and Security on Tuesday evening. The VVD State Secretary, who is responsible for asylum, stepped down after it became known that his Ministry deliberately reported incomplete figures on crimes committed by asylum seekers in a report.

Seismograph showing earthquake activity
May 22 '19 07:35

Groningen was hit by a major earthquake at around 5:50 a.m. on Wednesday morning. The quake had a magnitude of 3.4 on the Richter scale, according to meteorological institute KNMI. 

Many people across a large area of the province felt the quake. RTV Noord received over a hundred reports of it. The epicenter was at Westerwijtwerd, a village in the north of the province that falls under the municipality of Loppersum, according to the KNMI. The meteorological institute called it an induced earthquake, which means that it was caused by gas extraction in the province.

Albert Heijn fights food waste with dynamic discounts
May 21 '19 16:30

Supermarket chain Albert Heijn plans to step up its fight against food waste with a new system called "dynamic discounts". This involves an electronic price tag that gives customers a bigger and bigger discount the closer a product comes to its sell-by date, NOS reports.

Over the past year, Albert Heijn threw away 1 percent of unsold products because they exceeded their expiry date. That amounts to 63 million kilograms of wasted food.  The supermarket chain hopes that the dynamic discounts system can help reduce this.

Teen girl with her school bag
May 21 '19 15:40

11 percent of all group 8 pupils in the Netherlands received the wrong secondary school advice after their final exams. A calculation error resulted in the final exam advice being too high, the Ministry of Education said on Tuesday.

Dutch kids in group 8 get advised on what level of secondary education to follow. This advice is largely based on a school advice drawn up by their teachers based on their performance throughout primary school.  But this advice can be adjusted if the pupils' results on their final tests differ greatly from the school advice.

Volkswagen Caddy crashed into De Telegraaf building on Basisweg in Amsterdam, 26 July 2018
May 21 '19 14:50

Criminal Iliass K. ordered a group of criminals from within his prison cell to commit an attack on the editorial office of De Telegraaf in Amsterdam last year. He did this with the help of phones smuggled into the prison, De Telegraaf writes based on confidential documents from an investigation file around what seems to be a kind of employment agency for organized crime that the police busted in April

Bikes pared on an Amsterdam bridge
May 21 '19 13:10

Domestic tourism in the large Dutch cities of Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht increased by 54 percent since 2012. This seems to show that Dutch are not very sensitive to the consequences of mass tourism and therefore avoiding the large cities, ABN Amro's economic office reported on Tuesday, NU.nl reports.

Keukenhof
May 21 '19 12:20

Flower park Keukenhof in Lisse closed its doors for the year this weekend. In the 60 days it was open this year, the Netherlands' biggest flower park attracted a record number of 1.5 million visitors, almost double the 800 thousand tickets the park sold in 2013, the Telegraaf reports.

Pieter Heerma
May 21 '19 11:31

Pieter Heerma was appointed to fulfill the position of CDA party chairman in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament. He is succeeding Sybrand Buma, who will be taking a new post as the mayor of Leeuwarden in the summer, NOS reports

Immediately after his appointment, Heerma said that he has no ambition to become party leader. "I am not here from a huge personal ambition, but mainly from a sense of duty", Heerma said.

Facebook
May 21 '19 10:40

Facebook is not keeping to promises it made to the Tweede Kamer last week about political transparency on the social media platform, according to privacy and civil rights movement Bits of Freedom who put the social media giant's promises to the test, Nieuwsuur reports.

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