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Jun 24 '13 04:24

Nearly three quarters of the Dutch think that the government should be able to tap communication by telephone and over the internet, if this prevents terrorism. Figures from investigation bureau peil.nl, from Maurice de Hond, show that 73 percent of respondents has no problem with wiretapping. The study was commissioned by the news site NUtech.nl.

Jun 24 '13 04:15

Minister Ronald Plasterk of Interior Affairs has on Sunday responded laconically to the threat, of Abvakabo chairman Corrie van Brenk, that the social agreement will be off the table if the Cabinet cuts 6 billion euro in 2014. "Well, the unions mark their position. That's just part of the game,” he said in the TV program WNL on Sunday.

In March, the government closed the social agreement with employers and employees. An austerity package of 4.3 billion was then put in the refrigerator. The hope was that the economy would attract and that the cuts would not be necessary.

Jun 24 '13 04:08

Four Romanians who pretended to be police officers, have been arrested on Sunday in Rotterdam. The police reported that three of them tried to rob a 53-year-old Taiwanese by pressing him a corner while they yelled 'police' and showing him something that looked like a police badge.

Jun 21 '13 09:56

The Netherlands is taking a different approach on its housing policies. According to theguardian, around 54% of Dutch households reside in rented accommodation. Only 13% rent from private property owners.

Jun 21 '13 09:20

According to Enviu, the Three Wheels United has made it to the top 100 innovative solutions by Sustainia.

Jun 21 '13 08:15

The Netherlands will have to face the Court of Justice of the European Union (EU) as ordered by the European Commission.

Jun 21 '13 07:59

Olympic champions Netherlands defeated the Black Sticks in the World League semi-finals (5-2).

Jun 21 '13 07:54

A new 90 megawatt wind farm is ready to be built in western Netherlands. The announcement was made by the European energy company RWE on Thursday.

Jun 21 '13 07:42

On June 20, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin met with guest of honor Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the 17th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), according to Rbth.

Jun 21 '13 07:34

Officials say that a firelighting block factory in Oisterwijk caught fire before dawn.

Jun 21 '13 06:43

As far as the Party for the Animals is concerned, there will be a ban on substances in pesticides, which 'very likely' cause of the so-called resistant aspergillus fungus. This fungus causes severe pulmonary infections in humans.

PvdD MP Esther Ouwehand called on Thursday for an immediate ban on five substances in pesticides used in the cultivation of example cabbage and carrot.

Jun 21 '13 06:39

Some of the more than 100,000 home owners who have solar panels, must now start paying VAT on electricity generated by themselves. That is the result of a ruling by the European Court of Justice in a dispute over Austrian VAT on solar power.

The Court ruled Thursday that individuals who produce solar power are to be seen as an entrepreneur and so have to pay VAT in most cases.

Jun 21 '13 06:35

Lodewijk Asscher, Minister of Social Affairs and Vice Prime Minister, considers Islamic radicalization 'as a serious form of individual religious derailment’. He shares the concerns of parents who have reported that their kids have left for Syria as a jihad fighter. "It is in our mutual interest to address this worrying development and to ensure that traffickers are prosecuted."

Jun 21 '13 06:30

Utrecht will have soon the greatest bicycle storage in the world with room for 12,500 bicycles. That the city government has decided says RTV Utrecht. The final design is an elaboration of the urban plan and the preliminary design of Station Square East (Stationsplein Oost).

The mega storage will be situated below an elevated station on the city side of Utrecht CS. Station Square East will also have a futuristic roof.

Jun 21 '13 06:27

At the auction of IJmuiden, the first barrel of New Dutch Soused Herring on Thursday delivered an amount of 69,000 euros. The money was raised by local traders and businesses and goes to two charities. The auction is organized every year by a local restaurant. The first barrel of New Dutch Soused Herring at the auction in Scheveningen, was sold for 66,500 euro on Wednesday.

The money from the auction in IJmuiden goes to Telstar Home IJmuiden a foundation that organizes all kind of sporting events. The other charity is the Fund for the Poor of IJmuiden.

Jun 20 '13 08:59

Two sisters of 75 and 78 years of Margraten (Limburg) lost their lives on Wednesday in their hometown, due to a tragical traffic accident. When the two pedestrians  crossed the high way around 5.00 pm, they were hit by a tractor with a lawnmower installed at the front.

The precise location of the accident was the crossing of the highway with the Sterre der Zeestraat, reported the police. The tractor was driven by a 43-year old man from Echt, Limburg. The driver gave a statement to the police. After taking the statement the police let the man go.

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