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Oct 18 '16 12:10

Tobacco companies will soon no longer be allowed to sell cigarette packets in the Netherlands that have decorative elements on them, State Secretary Martin van Rijn of Public Health announced on Tuesday.

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Sep 29 '16 14:55

The Dutch population is more positive about being part of the European Union, according to to the quarterly survey of the Social and Cultural Planning Office (SCP). In the second quarter of this year, 46 percent of Dutch thought EU membership is a good thing, compared to 39 percent in the first quarter

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Sep 2 '16 10:19

The United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union could cost the Netherlands hundreds of millions of euros in extra EU contributions, according to Ghent professor Herman Mathijs in NOS. Britain contributed billions of euros to the European budget every year. But with the Brexit that contribution disappears and will have to be taken up by other EU countries.

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Aug 31 '16 07:54

Relatives of MH17 victims asked the European Union for help in getting more information on the plane crash in eastern Ukraine in July 2014. They want the EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to put pressure on those involved to release, among other things, missing radar image

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Aug 26 '16 07:39

Geert Wilders' PVV released their election campaign and it is only one page long with eleven points. The first point, and most expansive one too, is the "de-Islamization" of the Netherlands.

Aug 22 '16 16:10

Three quarters of Dutch children under the age of three years attended some form of daycare in 2014, thereby putting the Netherlands at the head of Europe with most toddlers in daycare, Statistics Netherlands reports.

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Aug 8 '16 15:10

The agreement between Turkey and the European Union on the reception of asylum seekers, which Prime Minister Mark Rutte pushed for earlier this year, "will not be possible" if the EU does not comply with the promised visa exemption for Turks, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said to French media on Monday

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Jul 18 '16 10:15

"Stability and a constitutional state are now of incredible importance in Turkey, for the Turks themselves and for Europe", Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs said in Brussels on Monday. According to him, it is also very important that an "ax-day" does not follow the attempted military coup in the country last week

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Jul 14 '16 08:26

Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs is surprised that the new British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed Boris Johnson to be her Foreign Affairs Minister, he said to BNR. He looks forward to working with his new colleague, he said.

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Jul 1 '16 07:42

The Netherlands' presidency of the European Union has come to an end. From today Slovakia is the new president. On Thursday EU council president Donald Tusk thanked Prime Minister Mark Rutte for the term, which which was not the easiest time to be president, with the asylum crisis, the Ukraine referendum and the Brexit referendum to deal with.

Jun 24 '16 07:43

The Brexit camp won the day and the United Kingdom will be leaving the European Union. PVV leader Geert Wilders is already calling for the Netherlands to follow suit. "Hurrah for the British! Now it is our turn. Time for a Dutch referendum!" he said on Twitter, with the hashtag #ByeByeEU

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Jun 23 '16 09:25

Dutch parliamentarians are worrying about the Brexit-fever spreading to the Netherlands as the Binnenhof anxiously awaits the results on the British referendum on whether or not the United Kingdom will stay in the European Union

Jun 22 '16 16:20

PVV leader Geert Wilders thinks that the Netherlands should follow Britain's example and hold a referendum on whether or not to stay in the European Union. He feels that should a Brexit indeed happen, the Netherlands should be the next country to take that step, the PVV leader said to BNR.

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Jun 21 '16 09:04

The majority of Dutch people wan a referendum on whether or not the Netherlands should stay part of the European Union, like the Brits are doing later this week. In a poll by EenVandaag among 27 thousand people, 54 percent voted for a so-called Nexit referendum.

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Jun 15 '16 08:22

Most Dutch people want the Netherlands to stay part of the European Union - 58 percent are against a so-called Nexit, 26 percent are for leaving the EU and 16 percent are undecided, according t a poll by DVJ Insights on behalf of RTL Nieuws.

The Dutch population is also mostly against a referendum on the matter. 53 percent think a Nexit referendum is a bad idea. 36 percent want to cast their vote.

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Jun 13 '16 15:45

The results of the Dutch referendum on the association agreement between the Ukraine and the European referendum are "disastrous", Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in the Ridderzaal to a room full of parliamentarians from the EU member states on Monday

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Jun 6 '16 16:30

Most Dutch wants the Netherlands to stay in the European Union, but a majority thinks that holding a referendum on a so-called "Nexit' is a good idea, according to a survey done by TNS Nipo

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May 25 '16 11:15

Should the United Kingdom decide to leave the European Union, the number of Dutch companies that go bankrupt could increase by 2.0 to 2.5 percent, according to estimations from credit insurer Euler Hermes. The Brexit could also dampen economic growth in the Netherlands over the next three years - the economic growth will be 1.5 to 2.4 percent lower

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May 13 '16 07:27

In Washington on Thursday, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs criticized legislation in some American states that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. He referred to a law in North Carolina that bans transgenders from using the bathroom of their gender and a law in Mississippi that states that companies may refuse their services and products to LGBT's.

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Apr 28 '16 10:25

Europe will not be "blackmailed" by Turkey's threat to terminate the asylum agreement with the EU if the visa requirement for Turks is not lifted quickly, European Commissioner Frans Timmermans said to German newspaper De Zeit.

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Apr 28 '16 08:35

A agreement must be reached between the European Union and Greece on the country's debt problem within two weeks, Eurogroup president and Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem said

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Apr 27 '16 09:16

Utrecht is the first city in the Netherlands to start integrating asylum seekers into society from their first day in the city. The city wants to put an end to the current practice of asylum applicants being moved about and integration starting late. "When you arrive in Utrecht, you stay in Utrecht", GroenLinks alderman Kees Diepeveen said to the Volkskrant. "This creates peace. For school-age children, being dragged around is very dramatic."

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Apr 21 '16 08:43

The Netherlands, Germany and France want the European Commission to put extra safeguards in place against a mass influx of Turks and Ukrainians once they are able to enter the EU without visas. The expectation is that the visa-requirement will be lifted for these countries this summer, the Volkskrant reports.

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Apr 15 '16 09:01

European Minister of transports made agreements on having Europe ready for self-driving cars on all public roads by 2019 during meetings in Amsterdam this week

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