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Feb 24 '16 13:29

European countries, including the Netherlands, are losing sight of protecting international human rights in the wake of the refugee crisis and the rise of terrorist organization ISIS, according to Amnesty International's annual report

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Feb 23 '16 11:54

ING bank will likely layoff a number of London staff members if the United Kingdom decides to withdraw from the European Union, the so-called Brexit, CEO Ralph Hamers said to Bloomberg. Hamers' statement follows a similar statements from HSBC Holdings last week and other financial institutions.

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Feb 23 '16 08:11

A European center to fight human trafficking was launched in The Hague on Monday. The center forms part of the European police organization Europol and its main goal is to assist European Union Member States in dismantling human trafficking networks

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Feb 22 '16 10:30

Closing internal borders in the European Union will cost the EU 100 billion euros per year. And export dependent countries like the Netherlands will be hit the hardest, according to a report by the European Parliament's research department which will be published on Tuesday

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Feb 19 '16 09:41

The Netherlands and other European countries should only accept asylum seekers who have a chance of finding a job. This selection process is absolutely necessary because Europe can no longer handle the influx of asylum seekers, says Hans de Boer, president of employers organization VNO NCW, in an interview with Dutch newspaper the Telegraaf.

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Feb 16 '16 08:40

About 10 percent of voting stations in the Netherlands will not be open for voting in the Ukraine referendum on April 6th, according to a survey done by NOS among the Dutch municipalities.

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Feb 15 '16 09:28

The European Commission will have a boat in the Amsterdam Gay Pride parade this year, the organization announced on Sunday. This year's theme is Join our freedom, feel free to join us and will focus on Europe

Feb 10 '16 15:46

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.

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Feb 9 '16 13:00

The Netherlands is an important link in the illegal trafficking of endangered wildlife, both in terms of market and of transit, according to research done by criminologist Daan van Uhm for which he will receive his doctorate on Tuesday

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Jan 28 '16 15:06

According to Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, the Netherlands' plan to ship asylum seekers arriving in Greece back to Turkey on a returning ferry is "illegal". The European Union does not participate in "pushing back" asylum seekers

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Jan 28 '16 08:06

Prime Minister Mark Rutte and PvdA leader Diederik Samsom came up with a plan to force the leading group of EU countries into a solution for the refugee crisis. Starting this spring, they want to take all asylum seekers who arrive in Greece via Turkey and send them back on a returning ferry.

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Jan 25 '16 15:50

Children's ombudsmen from 33 different countries sent a letter to the European Union on Monday sounding the alarm about the safety of child asylum seekers. Led by Dutch children's ombudsman Marc Dullaert, they ask the EU and Council of Europe institutions to "act now to protect this highly vulnerable group of children".

Jan 25 '16 12:25

Amnesty International protested against Europe's "shocking failure" in dealing with the refugee crisis in a boat at the Scheepvaart Museum in Amsterdam on Monday morning, where European Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs were meeting to discuss migration and security.

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Jan 20 '16 13:12

Prime Minister Mark Rutte visited the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday to outline the priorities for the Netherlands' term as EU President, for the firs six months of 2016. Rutte called Europe a "large, shared and complex project that can only move forward one step at a time". "In this tradition we will also complete the Dutch Presidency"

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Jan 19 '16 15:55

Unilever CEO Paul Polman thinks that if Britain decides to leave the European Union, it will mean more damage to the Netherlands than to other EU countries

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Jan 15 '16 09:25

The first asylum seekers in the European Union refugee redistribution plan are heading from Italy towards the Netherlands. The group of 50 Eritreans will arrive in the Netherlands on two flights

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Jan 14 '16 13:00

Members of the United Kurdish Society in Amsterdam started a hunger strike on Wednesday, hoping that this action will raise awareness of the Kurdish persecution in southeast Turkey.

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Jan 11 '16 07:38

The number of names on the Netherlands' national terrorism list doubled over the past year. There are now 39 individuals and three organizations on the list, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs announced on Sunday, on the eve of of a large international conference on terrorism in The Hague.

Jan 7 '16 14:15

It is absolutely crucial to considerably stem the flow of asylum seekers, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in the press conference following the first meeting for the Dutch Presidency of the European Union, NOS reports. "There is no time to lose."

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Jan 7 '16 09:15

During its time as president of the European Union, the Netherlands should be careful of the dangers of populism and must not be afraid to take unpopular, but necessary measures, D66 leader Alexander Pechtold said

Dec 16 '15 10:09

Four Dutch privacy organizations threatened Facebook with legal action if the social media giant and its subsidiaries do not stop sharing European users' personal data with the United States. The groups gave Facebook until January 15th to clarify its policy on this matter

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Dec 15 '15 08:53

European Union Commissioner Pierre Moscovici lashed out against populist parties in Europe and the support they're receiving. He called parties like the PVV in the Netherlands, and Front National in France "lying beasts that feed on the fears of citizens", while visiting the Netherlands on Monday to prepare for the Dutch presidency of the EU in the first half of next year

Dec 14 '15 12:25

A total of 639 thousand migrants from European Union countries were living in the Netherlands on December 31st 2014. That is an increase of 47 percent compared to the 435 thousand EU migrants in the country in 2007, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Monday. Since 2012, the annual increase was about 5.5 percent.

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Dec 14 '15 08:08

It is unlikely that terrorist will use chemical or biological weapons to commit attacks in Europe, according to the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security

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