The Netherlands is emerging from the crisis stronger. Things are going better than expected, but still not good enough, according to Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem while presenting the Budget Memorandum to the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament. As per tradition, Dijsselbloem presented the Budget in the same briefcase his predecessor Lieftinck used to present the budget in 1946 after World War II. Dijsselbloem called the briefcase "a small symbol of recovery".
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The Dutch government's defense expenditure decreased by 191 millions euro to 7.4 billion euros last year. Investments in new military weapons showed a particularly strong decrease. The biggest expenses - wages and social contributions - remained the same.
The coalition parties have extra money to spend due to a "relatively easy budget" this year. The VVD and PvdA each have 375 million euros to give away, and they will be pushing it mainly into healthcare and Defense.
The increasing number of conflict zones around Europe has the Dutch armed forces stretched to its limits, Tom Middendorp, Commander of the Armed Forces, said in an interview
A new video shot from a Dutch F-16 fighter jet shows the Netherlands pilot engaged in a combat simulation dogfight with an American F-15 fighter. The video was published by the Netherlands Ministry of Defense earlier on Tuesday, and takes place in the skies above the North Sea.
A Dutch Hercules C-130 aircraft landed in Eindhoven shortly before 4 p.m. carrying seven coffins with human remains from the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 plane crash in eastern Ukraine.
Dutch rescue specialists will leave Eindhoven Air Base Sunday night on a military jet packed with supplies destined for Nepal, where an earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter Scale ravaged the region on Saturday.
Roughly 300 different people contacted the public prosecutor's office claiming to have information about the perpetrators who brought down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 last year. The flight, which left Amsterdam for Kuala Lumpur, was presumably brought down by a Russian made surface-to-air BUK missile, leading the prosecutor's office to appeal to the public in multiple languages for witness testimony.
Former State Secretary of Security and Justice Fred Teeven was sworn back in as a member of Dutch parliament on Thursday, just over two weeks after resigning his office in scandal. The controversy dates back to 2001 when Teeven, then a public prosecutor, authorized a 4.7-million guilder (2.1-million euro) payout to alleged drug criminal Cees H.
A 12 member team consisting of Defense employees, police employees and a member of the Dutch Safety Board is on their way to the Ukraine. The team's goal is to make preparations for the Dutch repatriation mission, which resumes in April.
The Netherlands and Belgium are strengthening cooperation in the field of defense, counterterrorism, security, embassy relations and energy, the Dutch cabinet revealed in a press release Wednesday.
Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert (Defense) has made an agreement with the military unions that (former) employees who think that their illness was caused by working with carcinogenic chromium 6 paint, can soon get a compensation of up to 15 thousand euros, NOS reports.
According to Marc de Natris, head of the association of naval officers KVMO, the Dutch army is not ready for a situation of war. A structural shortage of personnel and equipment has resulted in many parts not being deployable.
The dead body of a missing Norwegian tourist was found floating in an Amsterdam canal Thursday afternoon, police in Amsterdam confirm. Tore Grødem, a 21-year-old man visiting the city, had not been seen since December 19 at about 2 a.m.
A Dutch committee will investigate the performance of the Netherlands intelligence offices prior to the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. The Commission of Oversight for the Intelligence and Security Services announced their intention to evaluate both the AIVD and MIVD on Tuesday.
The Ministry of Defense announced a social media alarm after several Dutch soldiers were threatened on LinkedIn and Facebook.
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.
The Dutch soldiers in Mali are suffering more from the heat because the camp where they have been staying for months, is not finished yet.
The Dutch Parliament will meet today to discuss the country's military contribution to the international struggle against ISIS, which is supported by a large majority of House Representatives, Het Parool reports.
Minister of Finance Jeroen Dijsselbloef presented the Budget in the Second Chamber yesterday. The Budget contains the Cabinet's plans for the next year.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte is positive about the budget plans for next year. In an interview with the Algemeen Dagblad, he emphasizes that his Cabinet will have to "stay the course in uncertain times."
The United State has deemed The Netherlands unfit to address the threat of the Islamic State (IS) in a powerful enough manner. Because of the country's hesitation to contribute heavy weaponry, The Netherlands will not be part of the so-called coalition of the willing, in which nine allies are joining forces in the fight against IS, De Volkskrant reports.
The government plans to stimulate job opportunities with a 500 million euro tax cut. The money will be used to reduce the rates of the firs income tax bracket so that everyone paying income tax will benefit.