Austria

Netherlands and the European Union
May 23 '20 14:50

The Netherlands is spearheading a counterplan to the 500 billion euro recovery proposal laid out by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday. In a newly-drawn proposal on Saturday, the Dutch have asserted that loans, rather than grants and subsidies, should be available to the eurozone economies bearing the brunt of the unfolding economic crisis.

Cafe 3440 on the Pitztal glacier in Austria
Mar 9 '20 11:00

Two Dutch mountain climbers died while on an expedition at the glacier in the Pitztal in Austria. They were found dead in their tent early on Saturday morning. It is believed they died from carbon monoxide poisoning, AD reports.

The Dutch men, aged 50 and 52, were found by other participants in the expedition. They were camping at a height of over 3 thousand meters at the time. The climbers slept in dome tents and had to prepare their own meals. It is believed that a gas stove used for this purpose leaked carbon monoxide into the tent.

Royal Family in Lech 25 Feb 2020
Feb 25 '20 15:10

The Royal House released photos of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima enjoying their annual winter holiday in Lech, Austria with their daughters Princesses Amalia, Alexia and Ariane.

This year they were joined by Princess Beatrix, as well as Prince Constantijn, Princess Laurentien and their children. 

Mark Rutte and Angela Merkel
Feb 25 '20 11:27

German Chancellor Angela Merkel described Prime Minister Mark Rutte's refusal to budge during a summit on the new budget for the European Union last week as "childish behavior". Other EU leaders also criticized the attitude of Rutte and the other frugal countries - Austria, Sweden and Demark. "What arrogance," French president Emmanuel Macron said, the Volkskrant reports.

Mark Rutte
Feb 21 '20 08:27

The leaders of the European Union Member States made no progress in their negotiations regarding the new EU budget on Thursday, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said to NOS when he left the meeting just after midnight. The leaders hare heavily divided.

Stethoscope
Jan 30 '20 08:27

The Ministers of Health from the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria and Ireland all spoke out against an expensive medicine against the deadly muscle disease SMA being "raffled". Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis wants to give the super expensive medicine Zolgensma free to 100 patients outside the United States via a raffle, NOS reports.

Police at a farm on Buitenhuizerweg in Ruinerwold, where a family was found living in seclusion for nine years, 15 Oct 2019
Oct 17 '19 12:00

The older brother of 58-year-old Austrian man Josef B. is not surprised that his brother was arrested on suspicion of depriving a family of their freedom for nine years on a farm in Ruinerwold, he said to newspaper AD. "Josef has a very strong persuasiveness", brother Franz said to the newspaper.

Jan escaped the Ruinerwold, Drenthe farm
Oct 16 '19 17:31

The tenant of a farm where a family was found concealed is suspected of depriving people of their physical freedom, and harming the health of others, the Public Prosecution Service (OM) said on Wednesday. The suspect is reportedly 58-year-old Austrian man Josef B., according to multiple published reports.

25,000 ecstasy pills sent to an Austrian couple by mistake
Sep 24 '19 14:40

A couple from Linz in Austria received a quite remarkable wrong delivery. Instead of the clothing they ordered from the Netherlands, they received a package containing 25 thousand ecstasy pills, worth around 500 thousand euros, the Austrian police announced on Monday.

The couple returned the package of ecstasy pills to the post office, who called the police.

Alps
Aug 15 '19 12:40

A 67-year-old Dutch man was seriously injured in a fall in the Austrian Alps on Wednesday. There are concerns that the man may now be paralyzed, NOS reports.

The accident happened while the man and his wife were walking near the town of Bludenz in western Austria on Wednesday afternoon. The man fell around 15 meters and landed in a very rocky area, according to the broadcaster.

A doctor who happened to be in the area provided first aid before the Dutch man was airlifted to a hospital in Feldkirch. 

Summer vacation
Jul 11 '19 11:00

In four of the five most popular holiday destinations for Dutch tourists, food is more expensive than in the Netherlands. Only in Spain will Dutch pay less for groceries than at home, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday.

Vengaboys live in Germany, November 2016
May 31 '19 13:40

Twenty years after the release of hit song 'We're going to Ibiza' by Dutch band Vengaboys, the song is again a number 1 hit in Austria, thanks to a political scandal in the country. Vengaboys also performed live there on Thursday evening, at a protest demonstration in Vienna, NOS reports.

Cat stowaway took a ride from Austria to Netherlands by truck, 4 March 2019
Mar 5 '19 13:10

A truck driver was surprised by a strange stowaway in Aalsmeer on Monday. When the trucker, who came from Austria, stopped on Aalsmeerderweg, a cat jumped out of his truck, Dierenambulance de Ronde Venen/Amstelland said on Facebook.

Dierenambulance believes that the cat stowed away on the truck in St Georgen, near Salzburg in Austria. The adventurous critter therefore had quite a trip behind it by the time it jumped off the truck in the Netherlands.

Skiing in Sölden, Austria
Feb 26 '18 08:56

A Dutch skier was killed in an accident on the slopes of a ski resort in Sölden, Austria on Sunday. The 50-year-old man collided with a wooden marker during a descent and flew 15 meters through the air before landing on the ground, RTL Nieuws reports.

An air ambulance was dispatched to the scene, but could not land due to thick fog. Other skiers and emergency services tried to resuscitate the Dutch man, but he died at the scene.

The victim was on holiday with five family members. Where in the Netherlands he was from, has not yet been revealed.

Kirchberg in Tirol, Austria
Feb 5 '18 08:37

A 20-year-old Dutch man was found bleeding and seriously injured by a passerby on the street in Kirchberg, Austria during the early hours of Saturday morning. Eight other Dutch were arrested on suspicion of assault.

A spokesperson for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs told NU.nl that eight other Dutch were arrested on suspicion of assault. Seven of them were released from custody after questioning. The eighth was released on Sunday night, the spokesperson said.

Apres Ski
Jan 23 '18 12:20

A study by travel organization Expedia revealed that Dutch people are the wildest skiers in the world. They are the biggest drinkers of all ski enthusiast and are not averse to being naked, or even having sex on the slope, according to the study, RTL Nieuws reports.

Expedia surveyed 13 thousand skiers over the age of 18 from 13 different countries. The survey revealed that Austria is the favorite skiing destination, mainly due to the great apres ski culture in the country. And especially Dutch people make good use of this culture. 

Dutch_flag_Scheveningen_2014
Dec 13 '17 11:20

The Netherlands is joining Austria in filing a lawsuit with the European Court of Justice against Germany's plans to introduce a toll for passenger cars. According to the two country's, this toll discriminates against foreign motorists and is therefore in conflict with European rules, NU.nl reports.

Geert Wilders
Jun 7 '17 12:45

The Dutch Public Prosecutor will not prosecute Geert Wilders over statements he made in a speech in Vienna, Austria in March 2015, the prosecutor announced. The Austrian authorities asked the Dutch Prosecutor to investigate Wilders for hate speech, but his statements are not punishable by Dutch law, according to the Prosecutor, NU.nl reports.

Geert Wilders surrounded by bodyguards, Spijkenesse Feb 2017
Jun 2 '17 08:42

At the request of Austria, the Public Prosecutor in The Hague is launching an investigation into statements made by PVV leader Geert Wilders in Vienna in 2015, AD reports. During a speech Wilders called Islam "an ideology of war and hatred" and said that "Islam calls people to be terrorists". 

In his speech Wilders also compared the Quran to Adolf Hitler's book Mein Kampf and called for it to be banned. 

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima with their daughters (left to right) Ariane, Alexia and crown princess Amalia
Feb 27 '17 13:30

As is almost a tradition by now, the Dutch royal couple and their three daughters posed for photos at the start of their skiing vacation in Lech, Austria on Monday.

The Royal family goes skiing in Lech every year, according to broadcaster NOS. To avoid being followed around by photographers all through their vacation, they always meet the press for a few photos at the start of their holiday.

Feb 17 '17 10:11

Traffic information service ANWB expects major traffic jams across the Netherlands today and tomorrow as the Dutch spring break kicks off. The ANWB particularly warns of traffic problems on roads heading towards ski areas, RTL Nieuws reports.

Tabby cat
Feb 15 '17 16:20

Dutch cat Pepper is quite a wanderer it seems. Six months after going missing from his owner's home in Tilburg, the three year old cat turned up in Vienna, Omroep Brabant reports. 

According to the broadcaster, the cat was found by a hunter near Vienna, Austria. She had worms in her lungs and was severely emancipated. Luckily Pepper was chipped, and the chip led to her Dutch owner Franka Schapendonk. 

An avalanche in progress
Jan 17 '17 08:26

A 33-year-old man from Amsterdam was killed in an avalanche in Lech-Zurs, Austria on Monday, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed to ANP after reports from Austrian broadcaster ORF.

The avalanche happened around 12:30 p.m. on Monday. Emergency services were at the scene within minutes, but still too late to help the Dutch an. According to Lech mayor Ludwig Muxel, the man was under a meter and a half of snow when the rescuers freed him.

An avalanche in progress
Nov 28 '16 08:01

A group of eight snowboarders, most of whom Dutch, were caught in an avalanche near the Austrian village of Obergurgl on Saturday. A 22-year-old man from 's-Gravenzande was killed and two others were hospitalized. Others were unharmed and managed to contact the emergency services, AD reports.

The snowboarders were surprised by the avalanche at an altitude of some 3 thousand meters. They were in Ferwaltal, not far from the ski resort in Obergurgl, Tyrol and were on the way to the top with so-called split-boards. 

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