Dutch police are considering going on strike during the KNVB Cup final match between PEC Zwolle and FC Groningen at De Kuip on May 3, the Dutch Police Union (NPB) announced on their website. The strike is part of protests for the lack of new collective agreement.
The man suspected of extorting television producer John de Mol and his sister, presenter Linda de Mol, has been released from jail, reports NOS. Dirk Klaas M., a 70-year old man from Zeist, suffers from a severe form of dementia, and doctors believe his health would further deteriorate if he stayed in his cell any longer.
A police officer was seriously injured in the arrest of a wanted Belgian on Wednesday evening. The man was being sought for aggravated assault in Belgium, report the Dutch police.
Purchasers of a Smurf-shaped lamp from Kruidvat or Trekpleister are being called to return it to the store. The adapter of the lamp does not match safety requirements. It may short circuit, which may result in an electric shock for the user.
A collector of Kalashnikovs from Hellevoetsluis is permanently losing his collector's license. The Dutch Council of State found it inappropriate for the man to keep 30 automatic guns in his poorly secured house in the small South Holland city, reports AD.
Scientists from the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) are working on technology that can protect data from the immense power anticipated of quantum computers, expected to begin appearing around 2025. Supercomputers will have the potential to jeopardize sensitive data because their decryption capacity will likely surpass that of current encryption techniques.
The Labour Party (PvdA) is making headway with its plan to reverse the burden of proof of earthquake damages caused by gas extraction in Groningen, reports De Telegraaf. MP Jan Vos submitted a proposal to this effect to Cabinet, he said on Wednesday. The Cabinet will have the chance to vote on the proposal Tuesday, says the newspaper.
The economy grew in 10 of the 12 Dutch provinces last year, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS). Friesland and Groningen were the exceptions.
Benefits agency UWV is cutting several hundred jobs in the enforcement department as a result of a new work and security law. The new law dictates that some of the agency's processes be automated, reports De Telegraaf.
Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem still expects the Eurozone countries and Greece to reach an agreement, reports RTL Nieuws. However, parties in the parliament seem somewhat less optimistic about the deal.
The Dutch government plans to make additional investments in refugees' home countries to help these countries take back their refugees. This only applies to nations who assist in the sustainable return of their citizens.
According to UN Rapporteur Philip Alston, the bed-bath-and-bread compromise made by coalition is in violation of international rules and harms the international image of the Netherlands. "It is clearly a violation of human rights. Anyone who doubts that is being dishonest." the human rights rapporteur said.