The Netherlands voting "no" in the referendum on the association agreement between the EU and Ukraine, has no effect on the agreement itself. The agreement was already signed and unanimously adopted by all EU member states' heads of government, and the Dutch "no" does not change that, a spokesperson for the European Commission said
Inspired by the no-camp's success in the Ukraine referendum, opponents of the US-EU trade deal TTIP and the Canadian version CETA are now also trying to get a referendum vote on this issue.
On Thursday morning Dutch newspapers described the preliminary results of the Ukraine referendum - 61 percent against with a voter turnout of 32 percent - as "an embarrassment", "a dilemma" and a "recipe for discontent". All agree that the "no" vote means tough times ahead for Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his cabinet.
On Wednesday the Netherlands voted "no" in the referendum on the association agreement between the EU and the Ukraine. According to preliminary results, the turnout was 32.2 percent, more than the minimum 30 percent for the referendum to be considered valid
Exit polling in the Netherlands shows that a large proportion of Dutch voters have turned out to say against a trade agreement between the European Union and the Ukraine, but questions remain over the validity of the referendum vote. A law that went into force last year on such ballot measures require a voter turnout of 30 percent to be considered by the government.
Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen of Infrastructure wants new European rules for self-driving vehicles. She would find it nice if Europe can remain ahead of the United States on this field and will push for it at an Informal Transport Council meeting in Amsterdam next week, she said in an interview with AutoWeek.
Polling stations across the Netherlands are open for Dutch citizens to vote in the referendum over the association agreement between the EU and Ukraine today. So far the turn out has not been overwhelmingly high.
Today citizens of the Netherlands can vote for or against the ratification of an association agreement between the European Union and the Ukraine. The first polling stations opened at 5:00 a.m. in Nijmegen and Castricum. Most others open at 7:30 a.m. As with other elections, the polling stations will be open until 9:00 p.m.
The first Syrian asylum seekers from Turkish refugee camps were flown to the Netherlands on Tuesday morning. The 31 people were transferred to a Dutch asylum center to await housing, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Security and Justice said to news wire ANP.
The first group of Syrian asylum seekers from Turkey will arrive in the Netherlands on Tuesday, the European Commission announced on Monday. These are "recognized asylum seekers" that EU member states agreed to take in as part of the asylum agreement with Turkey, which took effect on Monday.
Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister Pavlo Klimkin is surprised by the commotion the association agreement between his country and the EU is causing in the Netherlands
Prime Minister Mark Rutte is against the Ukraine gaining membership to the European, he said in an interview with NU.nl one week before the referendum on the association agreement between the EU and the Ukraine. He reiterated that the association agreement and therefore the referendum is not about the Ukraine joining the EU.
A massive 85 percent of Dutch are willing to pay more for animal-friendly products and sustainable meat. This puts the Netherlands in the top 3 of EU countries, with only Luxembourg and Sweden scoring higher, according to a survey conducted on behalf of the European Union
The Netherlands is the 3rd safest country in Europe when it comes to safe roadways. Last year there were 28 traffic accident fatalities per million inhabitants in the country. Only Sweden and Malta had fewer fatalities, according to a report by the EU Commission for Road Safety
At least 34 people were killed and another 230 injured in targeted attacks on Belgium Tuesday morning. Two bombs were detonated in a departures hall at the Zaventem airport there, causing 14 deaths and wounding 100. The others were killed or hurt when a bomb went off inside a subway car at the city’s Maalbeek metro stop near European Union offices and several media agencies.
Dutch Foreign Affairs minister Bert Koenders approved the addition of nine people to the national list of known terrorists. The government announced the decision less than an hour after three bombings in Brussels claimed the lives of at least 13 people at the Zaventem airport.
Four humanitarian groups wrote a scathing letter about the asylum deal the European Union wants to make with Turkey to Prime Minister Mark Rutte. "Not borders, but people must be protected", they write. "It is time for Europe to put human rights central again."
After much grumbling and arguing, the Tweede Kamer - the lower house of Dutch parliament - agreed to let Prime Minister Mark Rutte go to a summit in Brussels to negotiate a deal with the Turks on a joint approach to the refugee crisis
A "no" vote in the referendum on the association agreement between the European Union and the Ukraine in April, would be a "disgrace" for the Dutch government, according to former Belgian Prime Minister Herman van Rompuy in an interview with Dutch newspaper Trouw
Police in the Netherlands launched a campaign on Friday asking parents and children to stop bringing toy guns and fake weaponry onto the streets for their own safety. Authorities say there has been an increase in the number of incidents where officers encounter young people who are carrying toys that look exactly like real firearms.
A massive 27.4 percent of Dutch voters have no idea that there will be a referendum on the association agreement between the European Union and the Ukraine in April, according to a study done by research firm Ipsos, Kieskompas and newspaper Trouw.
Wind generated electricity in the Netherlands increased by nearly 20 percent last year, thereby accounting for more than half of the 13 billion kilowatt hours of electricity produced from renewable sources, Statistics Netherlands reports.
The Israeli army dismantled a Dutch-funded project on the West Bank of the Jordan river. The project is an agricultural project in which the Netherlands put 10 million euros, Israel correspondent Jan Franke told BNR.
Nigel Farage, leader of the United Kingdom Independent Party, will be giving a speech in Amsterdam on April 4th, two days before the referendum about the association agreement with the Ukraine.