The relationship between the Netherlands and Turkey was yet again put to the test when Dutch journalist Frederike Geerdink was brought into questioning by the Turkish terrorism police on January 6. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bert Koenders, was attending the annual ambassadors' conference in Turkey and was quick to react to the case.
According to Statistic Netherlands, the unemployment rate in the Netherlands has remained almost constant in the last three months. There were 630 thousand unemployed in the Netherlands in November, accounting for 8 percent of the workforce.
All Dutch customers who invested in Icesave are to be refunded in full, the bank said last week. The online subsidiary of failed national Icelandic bank Landsbanki had offered Dutch customers five percent interest rates on savings, much higher than what was available in the Netherlands at that time, before going belly-up in 2008.
Lidl will provide free school fruit to nearly 100 thousand children at 500 primary schools. The Ministry of Economic Affairs has entered into an agreement with the supermarket chain which will run until the end of this school year.
Dutch company Fastned is going to build fast charging stations in Germany.
According to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Affairs Lodewijk Asscher, benefit tourism can be better used through the ruling of the European Court of Justice.
The Netherlands may get a delay in paying the substantial additional tax to the European Union in Brussels. The Commission may be willing to show benevolence to the Netherlands and Great Britain, among others.
According to Peter-Hein van Mulligen, chief economist of Statistics Netherlands, the figures underlying the additional tax the Netherlands received from the European Union last week, are correct.
A Liberian asylum seeker was on his way to Brussels, from where he would be deported back to Liberia, when he got the surprising news that he can remain in the Netherlands.
The man had repeatedly appealed against his deportation because of the Ebola epidemic prevailing in his country, but all his requests were denied.
A ruling by the court in Roermond prevented the deportation of the 31 year old man, his lawyer confirmed. Last week the court in Den Bosch ruled that he must be returned to Liberia despite the Ebola epidemic.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced after the EU summit in Brussels that the Netherlands will make a further 5 million euro available for the fight against Ebola.
The VVD and CDA want clarification from the Cabinet on the surcharge for the European Commission this year. According to the British newspaper Financial Times, it is an amount of 642 million euro.
The Russian state oil company Rosneft and business man Arkady Rotenberg are going to court to fight the European Union's sanctions.
Four beds are available at the University Medical Center Utrecht for international aid workers who exhibit symptoms of Ebola, as was agreed in the European agreement.
European Union police force have made more than a thousand arrests, representing the biggest ever co-ordinated crackdown on organized crime. Operation Archimedest which was coordinated by Europol from The Hague, arrested 1,027 people, including 80 Dutch citizens involved in the theft of luxury cars.
Inspired by the annual La Tomatina in Bunol, more than 1,000 people took to Dam Square on Sunday armed with tomatoes to protest against Russian sanctions. At 3 p.m a shipping container was emptied into the square and participants pelted each other with the 120,000 pieces of the overripe fruit bought from growers left in the cold by Russia’s boycott of Dutch fruit and vegetables.
German foundation Bertelsmann publishes a rank list on Monday of European Union countries based on research into social justice that shows The Netherlands scoring highly in third place after Sweden and Finland, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
This morning the European Union officially announced new economic sanctions against Russia.
The European Commission has expressed doubts over the justification for some requests for compensation to farmers for subsidies for perishable fruits and vegetables. The EU hereby postpones the allocation of these subsidies on the basis of dubious claims, Z24 reports.
The Cabinet is concerned about Israel's plan to release 400 acres of land at a settlement on the Western Jordan shore, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said during a debate in the Second Chamber.
VVD party leader Halbe Zilstra says that this coming year will be the year of truth. The new European Union will have to act. If they don't, the European project will be a thing of the past, Zilstra expects.
Minister Frans Timmermans of Foreign Affairs has an appointment with Jean-Claude Juncker, the new president of the European Commission, in Brussels today. The PvdA Minister will be interviewing for the position of European Commissioner, a top function, and may become Juncker's second man, the NOS reports.
The number of unemployed has fallen for the third month in a row, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) announced today.
The Netherlands' Foreign Affairs Minister Frans Timmermans wrote on his Facebook page that he supports sanctions against Russia. He believes that it is the correct counter-measure for Russia's meddling in Ukraine, the NOS reports.
The Kremlin threatened the EU with higher gas prices yesterday, in reaction to the economic sanctions that the EU called for on Tuesday. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow has called the EU threat an "irresponsible step."