The Netherlands must work on diplomacy, defense and development in order to tackle the growing threat of cyber attacks from hostile countries and criminals, according to the International Cyber Strategy that Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs sent to Dutch parliament on Sunday. Koenders wants international law to be supplemented to suit the needs of the new digital world, the Telegraaf reports.
Fewer people are speaking the Zeelandic language in the communities surrounding the southwestern parts of The Netherlands. In the past, one out of five children spoke the language, today that ratio has dropped to one of seven.
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.
A bio-tech company in Leiden is making headway developing a vaccine against the deadly, and fast-spreading ebola virus. In an interview with Het Financieele Dagblad, Maria Pau, head of the research program, says that data from tests on monkeys is very promising.
For more than a year, The Netherlands has been negotiating in secret in the Niger Delta oil pollution conflict in the unstable southern region of Nigeria. There is large-scale pollution in the Ogoniland, resulting from oil extraction activities in the region of companies such as Shell.
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.