The Dutch government is preparing a possible evacuation for the few hundred Dutch in Venezuela. The South-American country is in the midst of a massive crisis and there is hardly any food or medicine available. Angry Venezuelans have been demonstrating against the government for weeks, during which 42 people have been killed and hundreds others injured, RTL Nieuws reports.
The National Police wants to improve the manner in which it selects officers deployed to crisis situations, according to an internal assessment by the police about the MH17 disaster newspaper AD got hold of. Some of the police officers put on the MH17 case were too inexperienced or turned out not to be suitable for work in a disaster area, the assessment said, according to the newspaper.
Prices of homes in the capital, Amsterdam, have risen by 18 percent in the past two years. Amsterdam is also the only one of large cities in the Netherlands to be above pre-crisis level in the number of homes sold - in the first three quarters of this year 18 percent more houses were sold than in the same period in 2017
The Netherlands’ economic contribution for development cooperation has been labelled an embarrassment by Oxfam Novib according to a calculation done by the organization. The calculation has revealed that the Netherlands is no longer meeting the UN’s spending target, 0.7 percent of the country’s GDP, for poverty reduction, the Volkskrant reported on Thursday.
On a trip to a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon, Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said Europe must come to terms with the financial cost of the refugee crisis, and that the countries must agree on each nation making a fair monetary contribution to address the situation. Europe’s leaders are to meet in Brussels on Wednesday to discuss progress in handling the refugee crisis.
A former Amsterdam jail on Havenstraat will open up its doors to 400 refugees becoming the city's fourth reception center for asylum seekers. The former prison was used last year as a gathering place for a group of refugees that have relocated from one squatted building to another in Amsterdam
The Dutch government has approved the sale of the nationalized bank ABN Amro, taken over by the Netherlands in October 2008 during the global economic crisis. The cabinet gave the go ahead on Friday, according to broadcaster NOS.
Dutch Police kicked off the trial of a new mobile app that notifies smartphone users with location-specific messages about a danger or a crisis. The pilot program is being tested in Eindhoven, Noord Brabant, as part of the police Mobile Media Lab program.
The prices of existing private homes sold in the Netherlands were 2.1 percent higher in January 2015 than in the same month last year, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reported Friday. The average price of existing homes in January 2015 was about as high as in mid-2003.
An armed man tried to hold the production facility of television broadcaster NOS hostage in an unsuccessful attempt to get airtime. Police reportedly captured the man and took him into custody.
It would be better if the State of Israel would be moved from the Middle East to the United States, says the former Minister of Economic Affairs, Herman Heinsbroek to Quote.
"Then we might finally see peace in the world."
The Dutch economy is expected to rise in 2015 and 2016; but a more pronounced growth might be hindered by modest global economic expansion.
Out of respect and sympathy for the victims of the monster truck accident yesterday, Haaksbergen gave very little information about their backgrounds.
Dozens of adults and children were injured Sunday at an automotive event when a driver lost control of his monster truck, crashing into the attendees gathered at the function in Haaksbergen, Overijssel. Local news agency JouwHaaksbergen.nl says one bystander has died, though at one witness at the scene say that at least two people are dead, and another had severe lacerations to the face.
The Netherlands Association of Realtors (NVM) says that every quarter is better than the last in the housing market. RTL Nieuws reports that the crisis in The Netherlands seems to have been surpassed, as June this year shows a doubling in the number of new homes bought compared to June last year.
The Hague has come under criticism from Minister Ivo Opstelten (Security and Justice, VVD). Specifically, the manner in which certain events in the city have been allowed to get out of hand are leaving the city's leaders in a state of chaos.
Ex- NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop is pleading for The Netherlands to stop "all these wild cuts" to defense. De Hoop tells Het Financieele Dagblad that in the wake of the MH17 tragedy, the urgency to return the country's line of defense to it's fittest state is "enormous".
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has predicted a gas crisis of "large scope" in the coming Autumn as a direct result of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Ukraine is the most important transit country for gas to Europe, meaning that the Western parts of the continent will be affected as well.
Despite a slump in the economy, the average family has more to spend now than a couple of decades ago. Comparatively, household incomes were 15 percent higher in 2012 than in the early 90s, and 20 percent higher than the 70s, according to research from the Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS).
The number of workers with flexible working times, including freelancers or temps, will increase rapidly in the coming years. According to research from TNO, last year one in four workers were part time workers. This number will increase in 2020 to amount to possible one third of the total work force.
The Eurozone will be on the mend in the next few years, recovering slowly from the recent recession. Unemployment remains high, however, and there is a strong need for reforms. This is from the new Economic Outlook published Tuesday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
The VAT charge on building sites must be lowered from 21 to 6 percent to make new homes cheaper, which could benefit not only consumers but also the suffering construction industry, according to leader of the industry organization Bouwend Nederland Maxime Verhagen.
Geert Wilders' party doesn't seem to entirely agree with everything he has said over the last week, as several PVV members have left the party.