Crowded Schiphol Airport; 12 Feb 2018
Feb 16 '18 11:00

If Lelystad Airport can't take over some of Schiphol's air traffic by April next year as planned, the growth limits currently set at the busy Amsterdam airport will have to be changed, Schiphol CEO Jos Nijhuis said at the presentation of the airport's annual figures on Friday. 

German police car
Feb 16 '18 10:20

Considerable damage was done to an IKEA store on Hullenbergweg in Amsterdam Zuidoost when thieves tried to blow open an ATM on Friday morning, AT5 reports.

The perpetrators forced open an window and detonated an explosive at the ATM at around 4:10 a.m. on Friday. It seems that the machine wasn't actually blown open, and that the thieves did not get away with any money. But the damage to the store is considerable, according to the local broadcaster.

Mayoral chain
Feb 16 '18 09:35

Jan Hoekema, husband of recently resigned Senator Marleen Barth, also decided to hand in his resignation. He is stepping down as acting mayor of Langedijk in Noord-Holland, RTL Nieuws reports.

The reason for his resignation is the media commotion that arose around an agreement he made with the municipality of Wassenaar after he retired as mayor of the municipality. Hoekema and Barth arranged that they could stay on in the Wassenaar official mayoral residence at a reduced rent after Hoekema was no longer mayor there. 

Human-Male-White-Newborn-Baby-Crying
Feb 16 '18 09:15

The Dutch social economic council SER wants to combine maternity leave and paternity leave into one arrangement in which both parents get six weeks' paid leave after the birth of a child, NU.nl reports.

The different conditions and ways of financing that currently apply to maternity and paternity or partner leave are too complicated and insufficient, according to the council. 

Fireworks in Amsterdam Oost, 31 Dec 2017
Feb 16 '18 08:39

The mayors of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague want the government to hurry up and make a decision on banning firecrackers and firework rockets, Hague mayor Pauline Krikke wrote in a letter on behalf of her colleagues.

The letter is addressed to Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security and State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven of Infrastructure and Water Management, NOS reports.

Police tape seals crime scene for forensic investigation
Feb 16 '18 08:10

Mayor Frans Backhuijs of Nieuwegein ordered a family living on Beatrixstraat to leave their home for three months for the sake of the safety of the neighborhood. Last week shots were fired at the home, and on Thursday two hand grenades were found in front of it.

Tweede Kamer
Feb 16 '18 07:48

A majority in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, approved two motions regarding the Armenian genocide of 1915 on Thursday. One states that the Tweede Kamer "recognizes the Armenian genocide", the other that a Dutch Minister or State Secretary should attend the commemoration of this genocide in Armenia in April. This decision is expected to further sour the relationship between Turkey and the Netherlands, ANP reports.

Both motions were submitted by ChristenUnie parliamentarian Joel Voordewind. All four coalition parties supported the motions. 

Icy road
Feb 16 '18 07:18

Motorists across the Netherlands are warned to drive carefully during morning rush hour. The roads may be icy and slippery due to wet areas freezing overnight, according to meteorological institute KNMI. 

A code yellow warning was issued for the entire country. "Chance of slipperiness. All road users may be affected. Adjust your driving behavior. Follow weather reports and warnings", the KNMI writes. The iciness will melt away during the course of the morning.

Jorrit_Bergsma
Feb 15 '18 16:40

Dutch skater, and title defender, Jorrit Bergsma came in second place in the men's 10 thousand meters at the Olympic Games in South Korea on Thursday. Dutch-Canadian Ted-Jan Bloemen won gold, skating for the Canadian team. Third place went to Italian Nicola Tumolero, NOS reports.

Bloemen won with a time of 12:39:77. Bergsma followed with 12:44:99. "I've never before skated this fast, but Bloemen skated a great race", Bergsma said in reaction to his silver medal. 

Feb 15 '18 16:00

Single income families are falling behind in the Netherlands. Over the past years single-income homes paid relatively more tax than two-income households and that gap is only going to keep increasing, the Dutch office for economic policy analysis CPB said in a new report to the government. Single income households with children in particular pay more tax than similar two income households, RTL Nieuws reports.

Feb 15 '18 15:20

A doctor in Maastricht is suspected of murdering his German mother-in-law in a nursing Martha Flora in 2016. The police are also investigating a notary in this case, who is suspected of inaccuracies in the drafting of official documents, including the victim's will, De Limburger reports.

Police guard in a detention center
Feb 15 '18 14:40

Jelle S., an 18-year-old from Oosterhout suspected of and others, was released from custody. He is still considered a suspect, NU.nl reports.

Princess Amalia of the Netherlands, November 2016
Feb 15 '18 14:00

Princess Amalia wants to finish her secondary school studies in China. The 14-year-old crown princess of the Netherlands plans to attend UWC Changshu from next year - a sister school to the Atlantic College in Wales, that King Willem-Alexander attended for two years in the 80's, the Telegraaf reports.

Government information service Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst would not comment on this rumor to the newspaper on Wednesday. But on Thursday a message in Dutch suddenly appeared on the UWC Changshu website, stating that "the registration for the school years 2018-2020 is closed".

Uniqlo
Feb 15 '18 13:20

Japanese clothing brand Uniqlo is heading to the Netherlands. Its first store is opening on Kalverstraat in Amsterdam this fall, the company announced in a press statement.

The chain is known for good quality clothing at relatively low prices, and caters to people of all sizes. Uniqlo wants to compete with H&M and Zara, according to RTL Z. 

rutte and wilders
Feb 15 '18 12:40

The Public Prosecutor dropped the charges PVV leader Geert , the Prosecutor announced on Thursday. Wilders accused Rutte of discriminating against the Dutch people by giving asylum seekers, among others, more benefits than the Dutch.

Michail Saakashvili
Feb 15 '18 12:00

Former Georgian Prime Minister Michail Saakashvili is moving to the Netherlands. He landed at Schiphol on Monday, after being deported from the Ukraine to Poland. He plans to settle here, his lawyer Oscar Hammerstein confirmed to NOS. According to the lawyer, Saakashvili's accommodation was "quietly arranged and approved" by the Netherlands' immigration and naturalization service IND. 

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