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.
Monday sees the launch of the first budget negotiations after the Summer. Ministers tell NU.nl that the talks are positive, and it does not look like there will be more stringent budget cuts.
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".
A new victim of Jos de G. has come forward, who claims she was pulled from her bike, dragged to a forest and raped by the 47-year old man in from Helmond 1987. This has been announced by public prosecutor Erna Vrijhoeven at the court in Den Bosch on Thursday.
This week, the province of Groningen felt what was thought to be another earthquake, but this was tuesday evening confirmed more likely to be a sonic boom.
A new report by the U.S. Defense Department has criticized the performance and reliability of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) and pointed out some faults in the stealth fighter jets being developed by Lockheed Martin.
The Netherlands has signed an agreement to sell 100 Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks to Finland, the Dutch Ministry of Defense said.
The Dutch government wants the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) F-35 fighter aircraft to carry nuclear weapons.
Her Majesty Queen Máxima has opened the new barracks of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (KMar) in the area of Schiphol International Airport.
Dutch Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and commander of the Royal Netherlands Air Force on Monday attended a ceremony at Fort Hood, Texas, in United States.
The Netherlands is buying four MQ-9 Reaper medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from United States, Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert told the parliament in a statement on Thursday.
Nijmegen, a Dutch city near the German border, will dedicate a bridge to the United States Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, which liberated the city during World War II, The Fayetteville Observer reports.
Labour MP Lutz Jacobi is opposing the government’s decision to purchase 37 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (JSF).
The Labour Party said it supports the government’s decision to purchase 37 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (JSF), Nos television reports Wednesday.
Netherlands supports the German plan to give the larger countries a leading position within the NATO. Smaller countries can then, together with a coordinating bigger country, work out certain military projects or for instance buy a tanker aircraft together. Basically it is a new form of cooperation within the NATO.
Traditionally the Vierdaagse started at the third Tuesday of July. A total of 42.493 participants started at the four day march.
At 4.00 am Minister Edith Schippers gave the sign after which the fresh participants took off. Although usually people might find it a little bit early, the walkers were pleased that they could walk at least a few hours in the cold morning air. They knew that the mercury would hit the high twenties, so most people were well prepared for the heat.
According to a report by NOS, the Ministry of Defense has a severe shortage of young soldiers. The current organization resembles, according to Minister Hennis-Plasschaert (Defense), an inverted pyramid too much, that is, there are many older but few young people.
In an interview with NOS Radio 1 News, the Minister said that she is aiming for a small top and a wide bottom. Therefore, Defense is trying to recruit mainly young people. The inflow is not yet how it should be, but according to the Minister, there is a slight increase.