Belgium

Rutte, Macron, Merkel at European Council 2017
Nov 16 '18 14:56

Prime Minister Mark Rutte says he has no plans to take a position in either the European Union or European Commission, and put an end to his Netherlands political career. Now leading his third cabinet as PM, Rutte has held the top job for over eight years.

"I'm staying. I'm not going to Brussels," he told NPO Radio 1's 10P1.

He said it would be irrelevant for other European leaders to try and persuade him to resign as Prime Minister to sit in a position like European President or European Commission Chairman. Rutte wants to serve the entire duration of the current cabinet.

Corrie van der Valk, missing since 2001
Nov 16 '18 13:48

Advances in DNA identification techniques led to the identification of a body found in 2001 in Belgium. The body of Corrie van der Valk was buried in Philippeville, Belgium that same year. The 58-year-old woman was struck by a train near Namur, Belgium, and caused extensive damage as to make identification impossible at the time.

The Van der Valk family was notified of the discovery on Thursday. One of her relatives told the AD, "We are sad, but also relieved that there is now clarity after so many years."

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Oct 3 '18 11:10

The Netherlands is going to work for a better legal position for Dutch flight staff working for foreign airlines. The Dutch government teamed up with Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany and Luxembourg to tackle this problem together in Europe, NOS reports.

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Sep 26 '18 10:50

The Netherlands and Australia want to start negotiating with Russia "in the foreseeable future" about the country's accountability in the downing of flight MH17, Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs said after meeting with his Australian colleague Marise Payne in New York, NOS reports.

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Aug 28 '18 14:00

A 47-year-old man from Greece was arrested on suspicion of human trafficking in the Zeeland town of Colijnsplaat on Saturday. He was caught smuggling eight people on a sailboat sailing under the Belgian flag, the Koninklijke Marechaussee said on Monday, NU.nl reports.

The eight people were found in the boat's cabin during a check in the port of Colijnsplaat. The Marechaussee - a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military -  believe they come from Albania and were being smuggled to England. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

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Aug 28 '18 12:20

The police arrested two men in Limburg for suspected involvement in the during the early hours of Sunday morning, the Public Prosecutor in Verviers said on Monday. Belgium will request their extradition, De Limburger reports.

That brings the total number of arrested suspects to three. 36-year-old Dutch man Ivo T. was arrested in Belgium on Sunday morning.

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Aug 27 '18 11:40

A police officer was shot and killed in Spa in Belgium during the early hours of Sunday morning. A Dutch man was arrested as a suspect. He was seriously injured. At least one more perpetrator is still at large and being sought by the Belgian police, NOS reports.

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Aug 21 '18 08:22

A car with Dutch license plates hit a mother and her two children in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium on Monday afternoon. A 5-year-old boy was killed. The mother and her other son were seriously injured, RTL Nieuws reports.

The accident happened around 4:15 p.m. The driver lost control of the car while going around a bend. The car drove onto the sidewalk at the entrance of a Lidl store. 

Photo: Ryanair
Jul 19 '18 16:00

Ryanair cabin crew members in Belgium, Spain and Portugal will be striking next week Wednesday and Thursday. As a result, the Irish budget airline is canceling around 600 flights, including some to and from the Netherlands. Around 50 thousand passengers will be affected, Ryanair said. 

Jul 18 '18 13:10

Belgian consumers' organization Test-Ankoop is filing a lawsuit in Belgium against Air France-KLM, accusing the airline of causing customers unnecessary costs with its no-show clause. Travelers who did not use part of their ticket, are not allowed to board without paying a surcharge or buying new ticket, according to Test-Ankoop, AD reports.

ABN Amro World HQ
Jun 27 '18 07:56

The Belgian branch of ABN Amro ignored signals that controversial clients may be involved in money laundering and did not do any extra research into these clients because of such signals, Trouw reported on Wednesday based on internal ABN Amro emails the newspaper has in its possession.

Jun 15 '18 09:06

Supermarket chain Jumbo established a subsidiary in Belgium - the next step in the Dutch chain's mission to open stores in the Netherlands' neighboring country, NU.nl reports.

Jumbo announced in November that it plans to open stores in Belgium. The first Belgian Jumbo stores will open only after this year, financial director Ton van Veen said. In March Jumbo posted a vacancy for an "experienced real estate acquisition agency" in Belgium, which must help the group select suitable shop locations. 

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Jun 11 '18 07:37

Belgian nuclear reactor Doel 4, just across the Dutch border, shut down automatically due to a fault on Saturday evening. The shutdown was an automatic procedure and there is no danger for the environment and the population, a Doel spokesperson said, ANP reports.

According to reports in Belgian media, the fault occurred in the non-nuclear part of the plant. The reactor was to be restarted on Sunday night, but that was postponed until Monday for unknown reasons. 

Mountain climber
Jun 1 '18 08:54

An 18-year-old student from Apeldoorn died after being critically injured in a climbing accident in Ardennes, Belgium last week, his football club a.v.v. Columbia said on their website, RTL Nieuws reports.

The young man studied Sports and Movement at Aventus in Apeldoorn. He was taking part in a group activity of a campsite in Engreux, Belgium when the accident happened. He fell 20 meters. A helicopter rushed him to a hospital in the Liege region.

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May 18 '18 16:40

The police arrested a prisoner that on Monday. The 39-year-old man was caught in a cafe in Rotterdam on Thursday night, the Public Prosecutor said on Friday.

The Belgian man, who has lived in the Netherlands for 30 years, was taken to a detention center. He is known for property crime and is suspected of fraud in the Netherlands. He's been in custody since August. 

Hema distribution center
May 9 '18 12:40

Retail chain Hema is being bought by Belgian investment company Core Equity Holding. The Belgian investor is buying the chian from British Lion Capital, which has been trying to get rid of Hema for some time, the Telegraaf reports based on anonymous sources.

According to the newspaper, Core Equity Holding and Lion Capital have an oral agreement, but it will still be a few weeks before the deal is done. A source told Financieele Dagblad that Core Equity is paying around 1 billion euros for Hema, including te chain's debts. 

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Apr 27 '18 15:50

Over the past two days there was an international police action against the propaganda apparatus of terrorist organization Islamic State. Servers belonging to Amaq, a press agency affiliated with the terrorist organization, were seized in the Netherlands, NOS reports. 

Cocaine
Apr 25 '18 13:50

Belgium extradited 58-year-old Dutch man to Russia on Tuesday. He is suspected of being a leader in one of the world's largest drug cartels, and of trafficking tons of cocaine from Latin America via Russian ports to Western Europe, AD reports.

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Apr 19 '18 09:07

Two Dutch men were sentenced to 15 and 27 years in prison for the near the village of Bruges in 2012. Belgian man Andre G., the farther in law of the victim, also got 27 years for "ordering" his son-in-law's murder, RTL Nieuws reports.

2008 BMW M3 E92 in Dutch police livery
Apr 12 '18 07:34

After a long chase through the forest in the border area near Goirle, the police shot a suspect. The chase crossed the border between Belgium and the Netherlands twice. The suspect was arrested and is in hospital to be treated, NOS reports.

Around 1:00 a.m. on Thursday the police noticed a suspicious van in a business park in Tilburg. When officers wanted to arrest the two people in the van, they sped away towards the border in Goirle. The police gave chase. During the chase, the suspects crossed the border into Belgium and then back into the Netherlands.

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Apr 10 '18 17:10

Lars de R., a guitarist in the Netherlands, is also being prosecuted in Belgium for making and distributing child pornography, RTL Nieuws reports.

Wallet
Apr 9 '18 16:00

The Netherlands had the sixth highest hourly wage in the European Union's business sector with an average of 38.80 euros last year. Denmark came in first place with 42,50 euros, according to European stats office Eurostat, ANP reports.

The public- and agricultural sectors are not included in these figures. 

In addition to Denmark, employers in Belgium, Luxembourg, Sweden and France also spent more on their employees' wages than the Netherlands. Bulgaria had the lowest hourly wage at only 4.90 euros gross. 

4,500 kg of cocaine found in a container at the port of Antwerp, Feb 2018
Apr 5 '18 13:40

Increasing violence and drug trafficking in Antwerp has its roots in Netherlands organized crime, according to Antwerp mayor Bart de Wever. "The drug problems in terms of cocaine trafficking have moved from Rotterdam to Antwerp in recent years. Which means that the Netherlands owes a debt to the rest of Europe", he said to Nieuwsuur.

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Mar 29 '18 08:40

Some 850 foreign tourists will visit the Netherlands this long Easter weekend, 100 thousand fewer than last year, national tourism office NBTC Holland Marketing expects. Together these foreign visitors will spend around 250 million euros over the coming days, AD reports.

Most foreign visitors come from Germany and Belgium. For them their neighbor the Netherlands is a popular destination, particularly for short holidays, according to the tourism office.

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