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Red Cross - Brussels response
Mar 22 '16 18:44

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.

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Mar 22 '16 11:01

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.

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Mar 17 '16 09:19

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."

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Mar 16 '16 08:59

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

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Mar 14 '16 12:34

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

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Mar 11 '16 11:04

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.

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Mar 9 '16 08:39

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.

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Feb 29 '16 14:10

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.

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Feb 29 '16 09:00

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.

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Feb 26 '16 15:30

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.

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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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