European Union

Nov 22 '13 04:40

Of all EU Member States, the Netherlands spends the least on families and children as a proportion of its social spending, according to statistics by Eurostat, the European statistical office, published Thursday.

Oct 21 '13 00:41

European Commissioner Neelie Kroes finds the revelations of whistleblower Edward Snowden very useful, according to her statements in the German magazine Der Spiegel.

Sep 18 '13 02:17

King Willem-Alexander read the throne speech for the first time this Tuesday in the Hall of Knights in The Hague. In it he spoke, among other things of the chance of recovery in the economy and the disappearance of the welfare state.

Aug 1 '13 08:31

The Dutch football association is ready to test the ‘video referee’ in live matches, using an immediate replay of the games in the next couple of seasons in Eredivisie, reports Telegraaf.

Jul 26 '13 07:41

EU members have already shared their views on the Scottish government’s plan to reduce alcohol prices.

Jul 18 '13 07:19

Dutch Ambassador Karel van Kesteren announced that Bulgaria will join the Schengen Agreement sooner or later, but not at the moment.

Jun 28 '13 07:29

On Thursday, Employers Association VNO-NCW’s Head Bernard Wientjes informed Dutch newspaper that employers are against the government's plans to take away €6 billion in next year’s budget.

Jun 21 '13 08:15

The Netherlands will have to face the Court of Justice of the European Union (EU) as ordered by the European Commission.

Jun 12 '13 10:59

Netherlands bans the partial removal of the beak of poultry, specifically the layer hens, through the initiative of agricultural Minister Sharon Dijksma. This will be effective in September 2018, the poultry industry site worldpoultry announced.

Jun 12 '13 09:06

The Dutch agricultural industry and the Western Cape provincial government collaborating to develop the local agro-processing sector and boost Western Cape’s market share in Europe, according to business site BDlive.

May 3 '13 15:11

With an economy that is shrinking even more than expected the Netherlands is doing worse than 21 other countries of the European Union. Only the economies of Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Italy and Portugal are shrinking more than the Netherlands. The economies of 17 other countries are growing.

Apr 11 '13 08:48

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.

A full plate of Ikea's Swedish meatballs (Flickr/Nenyaki, 2009)
Feb 25 '13 20:19

IKEA wants to be sure they are not selling any horse meat-based products in Netherlands stores, and has taken precautionary measures after horse was found in meatballs at the furniture chain's Czech Republic stores.

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