Jan Peter Balkende smuggled beer into the palace of an emir in an oil state during his time as Prime Minister of the Netherlands. The former Prime Minister told this story during a lecture in Schipluiden on Wednesday
The Dutch Corps Commandos will be awarded the Military Order of Willem for their extraordinary efforts in Afghanistan, the government information service Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst announced on Monday. King Willem-Alexander will present the award on March 15th on the Binnenhof in The Hague.
On Tuesday the preliminary injunction court in Haarlem tried the case on whether or not 4-year-old deaf failed asylum seeker Kalma had the right to an operation that will make her able to hear. The lawyers' arguments focused mainly on whether the operation on the deaf girl is a "medical necessity"
The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg Tuesday gave the Netherlands permission to deport five Afghan men living in the Netherlands for at least the past 15 years.
With the International Documentary Film festival Amsterdam, (IDFA), in full swing and industry people roaming the Dutch capital’s streets, there is no denying that documentaries are a hot topic. Especially in times like these they help shape our view of this crazy world.
A small contingency of Dutch soldiers were dispatched to Kunduz, Afghanistan, to advise that nation's army as it attempts a counter-offensive against the Taliban in the northern city. Speaking at the lower house of Parliament on Wednesday, Minister of Defense Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert emphasized that the Netherlands is not engaged in any fighting, but serving strictly as strategic counsel.
Anja de Beer, the Dutch aid worker who was released on Thursday after spending 81 days as a hostage in Afghanistan, plans to go back to Afghanistan to return to her work as soon as she can manage it. Her abduction did not scare her away. "You known that this work entails risks".
The Dutch rescue worker who was kidnapped in Afghanistan in June, has been released after 81 days of captivity, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs announced on Thursday. She is in good health, according to the Minister.
A Dutch woman was abducted in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan on Monday. This is according to Afghan television channel TOLO, based on reports from the Afghan Ministry of Home Affairs.
68 stowaways, including 15 children and two pregnant women, were found hiding inside four trucks at the Harwich International Port in Great Britain on Thursday night. The trucks were transported to England from Hoek van Holland on a Stena Line ferry.
A Dutchman was injured when three gunmen stormed a hotel in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. The Afghan police say that at least 11 people were killed in the attack, BBC reports.
Dutch-trained police officers are fighting against the Taliban along with the Afghanistan army in Kunduz. This is despite the explicit agreement that the Dutch-trained officers would not take part in offensive combat operations.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders, and the head of the Defence Ministry Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert are visiting Dutch troops stationed in Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, according to the cabinet.
On Thursday King Willem-Alexander knighted former commando Gijs Tuinman during a military ceremony on the Binnenhof in the Hague.
The three Dutch soldiers who were recalled from Afghanistan on suspicion of "a possible offense" by Defense last August, are guilty of "embezzlement in association". This was confirmed by the Public Prosecutor in Arnhem.
A group of Hague asylum seekers without legal status have to be out of the winter shelter for the homeless by no later than Saturday. The Hague made that emergency shelter available two months ago after the evacuation of the cracked Sacrament Church.
King Willem-Alexander will knight Major Gijs Tuinman later this year, making him a member of the Military Order of Willem fourth class, the office of the Dutch king announced today. The country’s highest honour will be given to Major Tuinman in a December 4 ceremony at the Binnenhof government complex in the Hague.
Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and State Secretary Teeven (Security) do not think it is necessary for a separate asylum system for interpreters who have done work for Defense.
An reserve officer of the Netherlands military intelligence service reportedly spread confidential material to his civilian employer, ICT company Ordina, from Uruzgan province in Afghanistan in 2009. Television program Zembla reports this on the basis of e-mails obtained.
The Netherlands has agreed to a new NATO mission in Afghanistan. The intention is that a hundred soldiers will be sent to the country, starting January 1st 2015.
PVV-leader Geert Wilders has received threats from the Pakistani Taliban. According to the Algemeen Dagblad, the threat comes in the form of a video on an online magazine's website, showing a bullet shooting through an image of the politician.
The threat of Islamist extremists is giving new ground for foreign military investment into Afghanistan from countries including The Netherlands. The Cabinet is discussing plans to send around 100 soldiers to Afghanistan in 2015 to train the army and the police, the Volkskrant reports.
The Netherlands does not collaborate with illegal assassinations with drones. This is what Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert of Defense said Wednesday in a Parliamentary debate.