A woman from Asten found a very peculiar coin when she emptied out her purse after her vacation on Wednesday. A 2-euro coin, with the image of Princess Beatrix on it, that had also been minted with an image of an eagle with a swastika under it, De Gelderlander reports.
Amsterdam dropped 21 spots on Mercer's list of most expensive cities in the world for expats. The Dutch capital is now in 85th place, down from last year's 64th position. On the list of European cities, Amsterdam is still 12th most expensive, Het Parool reports.
While the worst of the credit crisis is now definitely a thing of the past, the future of the euro remains a major concern, the directors of ING Bank said while presenting the bank's annual figures on Thursday, ANP reports.
Police and the prosecutors office are investigating two years of theft at a paper money printing facility in Haarlem. No arrests have yet been made in the case, which involves a “substantial amount” of fifty-euro notes, according to Dutch crime blog Crimesite.nl.
More than 61 percent of Greek voters voted "no" to the European lenders' proposals in the referendum on Sunday. Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Dutch Minister of Finance and current Eurogroup president, called the result "extremely regrettable".
The Greek Tourist Board criticized the Dutch travel agent association ANVR after advising tourists headed for Greece to take extra cash with them. The recommendation was made in case Greek banks are no longer able to replenish ATMs, either because of a national bankruptcy or because of a bank run.
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.
Tourists heading to Greece should stop at an ATM before travelling to their destination, in case Greek cash machines go empty. As the country's financial problems mount, visitors to the country should prepare for troubles withdrawing money from ATMs, warns travel agents association ANVR.
A new app for smartphones released by the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) on Monday allows to check for authenticity of euro banknotes. The app scans the security features and the structure of banknotes to determine if it is genuine.
The Dutch economy is expected to grow by 1.6 percent and 1.7 percent in 2015 and 2016, respectively, the European Commission revealed on Tuesday. This growth estimate is below the predicted Euro Area and European Union averages and also below the Dutch forecasts presented earlier by ING.
The volume of exports in February was 6.6 percent higher than a year earlier, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) revealed this week. The observed increase was smaller than that of January.
The key Dutch interest rate dropped with the ECB initiating quantitative easing. The rate on Dutch obligations drops to 0.32 percent from 0.35% as of yesterday.
With oil prices continue to slide on the global market, petrol and diesel buyers are seeing the result at the pump. Euro 95 petrol in the Netherlands dropped as low as €1.36 per liter, a price spotted at the SuperTank in Lelystad.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said it would be very strange if Greece chose to exit the eurozone, and dropped their policy measures meant to get the country’s finances in shape. Calling the proposition “bizarre,” he refused to speculate on a possible Grexit, saying only, “I assume that is not going to happen.”
The possibility of Greece's exit from the eurozone is not an issue, said the Dutch Minister of Finance, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, before the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.
Stimulation and growth are the key to the European Central Banks (ECB) plan for economic recovery as it launches its small and midsize business lending scheme. The ECB will begin buying up bad loans directly from banks in an effort to encourage banks to provide capital to growing businesses.
Relative to the Dollar, the Euro is at its lowest point in a year.
Air France-KLM has suffered another loss this last quarter. The first quarter loss amounts to €608 million, which is a fraction less than last year's loss of €641 million.
The introduction of the new European payment system (SEPA) has been postponed until August 14, 2014 to prevent disruption of financial transactions. This was decided by the European Parliament, Tuesday.
The Groningen offices of political party PVV want the Netherlands to do whatever possible to save aluminum smelting company Aldel from bankruptcy, even if it means breaking European regulations. The company has over €24 million in debt, and is losing €1.2 million monthly.
Eurozone manufacturing data boosts euro when it rose higher than anticipated. Euro’s exchanged rate went up against the US dollar and other main currencies, based on a report by skynews.com.au.
A new parallel currency alongside the euro should be established for creditworthy countries like the Netherlands and Germany. The 80-year-old VVD celebrity Frits Bolkestein declared this in the TV program Pauw & Witteman on Wednesday night.
“France may not participate in the parallel currency,” according to the former leader of the VVD, “because the country is virtually bankrupt and not managed well.” The plans for the currency (e.g., the mark) for the creditworthy countries will have to come from the German Bundesbank.