This week Cyprus will personally ask the Netherlands to take in some of the thousands of asylum seekers living on the island. The situation is untenable, according to the island's Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides. He no longer has confidence that there will be a European redistribution mechanism, and Cyprus is therefore approaching EU countries individually for aid, the Minister said to NOS.
Four people were wounded in Eemshaven in Groningen on Thursday evening when the boom of a crane broke off while lifting heavy load. The crane was on a ship from Cyprus. The ship is used to place windmills at sea, ANP reports.
The four wounded were taken off te ship and transferred to hospital, the Groningen fire department said. How badly they were hurt, is not known.
The Inspectorate for Living Environment and Transport will investigate the incident.
A 49-year-old Dutch woman was arrested on Cyprus on suspicion of involvement in the kidnapping of a 4-year-old girl on Thursday. Two men kidnapped 4-year-old Marie Eleni Grimsrud from a kindergarten in Dasoupolis on Thursday, AD reports.
The local authorities suspect that the Dutch woman arranged the taxi used by the little girl's father to escape with his daughter. She will remain in custody for at least eight days, according to the newspaper. The Dutch woman was arrested after the arrest of a 44-year-old taxi driver on Sunday.
The Dutch man that was held hostage on an EgyptAir airplane in Cyprus on Tuesday, was released, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed. The passenger list shows that a total of six Dutch passengers were on the plane. All of them are safely off the plane.
The election of the Eurogroup chairman may be delayed, the current head Jeroen Dijsselbloem wrote on Twitter. Dijsselbloem believes that Greece should be the focus of attention for now.
The FIOD has arrested a total of five suspects in an international investigation into illegal gambling on football matches, the Public Prosecutor announced.
Dutch farmers produced 4 percent more milk than allowed last year and must now pay a 132 million euro fine to the European Union.
Irish budget airline Ryanair has launched a business class service in a move to rehabilitate its image and respond to travelers' demands for better customer service. The Business Plus fare would give customers flexible tickets, more check-in baggage, priority boarding and access to premiums seating.
Although the Netherlands is lagging behind other European countries when it comes to economic growth, the European Committee expects the Dutch economy to finally rise above the 3 percent allowed budget deficit in 2015. The budget deficit for 2014 is still 3.2 percent, but is anticipated to be down to 2.9 percent in 2015.