European Union

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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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Dec 10 '15 15:40

Police officers with machine guns will be guarding the Amsterdam Marine Establishment for official meetings during the Dutch presidency of the European Union in the first half of next year

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Dec 9 '15 09:21

Health Minister Edith Schippers is investigating possibilities on limiting the power of the pharmaceutical industry's power on drug pricing in the European Union

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Dec 8 '15 09:03

Prime Minister Mark Rutte wants to impose financial penalty on the Eastern European EU member states which are frustrating the equal redistribution of asylum seekers across the European Union

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Dec 7 '15 12:08

"Turkey stay away from us, you are not welcome here", PVV leader Geert Wilders said in a video message to the Turkish nation on Friday, adding that Turkey can "forget about" joining the European Union.

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Dec 4 '15 08:43

Cancer fighting drugs are up to 58 percent more expensive in the Netherlands than in other European Union countries, according to a study published in Lancet Oncology on Friday.

Dec 1 '15 15:45

PVV leader Geert Wilders is imagining life as Prime Minister after Maurice de Hond's latest poll showed that his party is at 39 virtual seats, 9 seats more than the coalition of VVD and PvdA has combined.

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Nov 26 '15 10:08

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko is very hopeful that the Netherlands will vote for the association agreement with Ukraine in the referendum in April next year. He stresses the importance of Dutch people's right to express themselves in a referendum, though he calls the voting "corn on Putin's mill"

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Nov 24 '15 15:35

Dutch criminals are responsible for a large share of the trade of illegal products, especially drugs and firearms, on the so-called Dark Web. One one of the illegal online market places, Dutch retailers even accounted for 10 percent of the orders.

Nov 19 '15 18:40

When David Bernet set out in 2009 to direct Democracy, a documentary that throws a spotlight on the inner workings of the European Parliament, he knew he needed a topic that would be relevant for years to come. It was still four years before Edward Snowden leaked classified information about the United States government’s global surveillance, and accused the Netherlands of kowtowing to U.S. spying demands (the Dutch denied the accusation).

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Nov 13 '15 09:35

Security and Justice Minister Ard van der Steur is currently in the United States on a two-day work visit to discuss counterterrorism and cyber security. He will also attend the bi-annual ministerial meeting between the US and the European Union while there.

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Nov 12 '15 15:41

The European leaders currently attending the refugee talks in Malta, promised their African counterparts a 1.8 billion euro fund aimed at tackling the key causes of mass-migration to Europe. The Netherlands contributed 15 million euros to the fund, the highest contribution so far.

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