Fans of mixed martial arts in the Netherlands will likely rejoice next year as one of the leading MMA promotion companies, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) plans to promote their events heavily in the Netherlands. “Holland is a key market for us and it’s somewhere we want to be,” new UFC vice-president and EMEA general manager James Elliot told MMAfighting.com.
Sources speaking anonymously to newspaper De Telegraaf blame Dutch Minister of Culture, Jet Bussemaker, for not securing a deal that would bring two large Rembrandt portraits to the Netherlands in a 160 million euro deal with the Rothschild family in France. They accuse the minister of speaking bilaterally with her French counterpart about a joint purchase of the paintings in secret and on her own accord.
The Netherlands and France will jointly purchase two Rembrandt portraits for a combined total of 160 million euros, Dutch cultural minister Jet Bussemaker informed parliament on Wednesday. The two countries came to terms during a meeting between Prime Minister Mark Rutte and French President Francois Holland at the UN summit in New York this week.
Roughly 56 percent of the Dutch population believe that the government should not contribute 80 million euros in public funding for the purchase of two Rembrandt paintings, according to results from a weekly poll conducted by Maurice de Hond. At the same time, new reports surfaced this week that the Netherlands are likely to receive only one of the two Rembrandt paintings the government and the Rijksmuseum were scheduled to buy, according to parliamentary sources speaking with the Parool.
Dutch King Willem-Alexander addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New Yorkby highlighting seventy years of the Netherlands work with the UN on achievements that have helped shape and improve today's world. In a speech where he strongly advocated for the Netherlands to get a seat on the UN Security Council, he also called upon all the nations of the world to show solidarity in the face of the current refugee crisis, noting that the Netherlands has again increased its contribution to humanitarian assistance making it one of the world’s largest donors.
The CEO of American electric car manufacturer, Tesla, officially opens a second Tesla factory in the Netherlands on Friday evening, alongside the Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp. The nearly 50,000-square meter factory hires 180 workers, and stands alongside an assembly line and test track for the electric cars.
France has committed 80 million euros in a bid to buy one of the two Rembrandt paintings that were conditionally sold to the Rijksmuseum for a combined 160 million. The museum orchestrated the purchase with 80 million euros from the Dutch government with the goal of bringing the marriage portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit back to the Netherlands.
The two Rembrandt paintings which the Rijksmuseum and the Dutch Government committed to buying for 160 million euros will first make an exhibition tour of all twelve provincial capitals around the Netherlands before reaching their new home at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum. The Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht won the honour as the first museum to receive the paintings, Director Stijn Huijts confirmed with Telegraaf.nl.
Later this week trucks full of tents, blankets, sustainable food, clothes and shoes will be heading to The Jungle refugee camp in Calais and France.
The Louvre in Paris and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam may joined forces to try and buy two Rembrandt portraits from the Rothschild family together.
A school outing to Ardennes in France ended in tragedy when 14 year old pupil Sieb van Went fell to his death while abseiling on Thursday. His classmates and teachers saw it happen.
The prosecutor in Paris has officially launched a formal judicial investigation for terrorism related activities against Ayoub el Khazzani - the man who committed the foiled attack on a Thalys train between Amsterdam and Paris on Friday.
The Rijksmuseum may soon be the proud owner of two world famous Rembrandt works - portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit. According to Wim Pijbes, director of the Museum, they are "well into the process" of raising money to make a "serious bid" on the two portraits.
Four of the passengers who overpowered and subdued a Moroccan gunman on a crowded train from Amsterdam to Paris on Friday, received France's highest honor - the Legion d'Honneur medal
The gunman who attacked a passenger train on its way from Amsterdam to Paris on Friday, intended to rob the passengers and is "dumbfounded" by the claims that he would be an Islamic terrorist.
Video taken from inside a train attacked by an armed gunman shows blood smeared on windows and dinner tables with a tied-up man on the floor and an American serviceman applying pressure to a second victim's wounds. The American, likely U.S. Air Force member Spencer Stone, is also injured.
French authorities were working feverishly Saturday morning to determine why a 26-year-old Moroccan man allegedly opened fire with a Kalashnikov rifle on a train headed from Amsterdam to Paris. Officials called three Americans and a British man heroes for their stopping the attack shortly after it started Friday evening.
Three people were hurt onboard a Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris after a gunman armed with a Kalashnikov automatic rifle opened fire during the Friday evening journey. The man was overpowered on the train and arrested, France’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.
Dutch company Fugro, involved in the search for the missing Malaysia Airline flight 370, says it is anxious to learn the origin of debris that washed up on Réunion last in July. The items found on the French island east of Madagascar includes a piece of a Boeing 777 wing, empty bottles, and luggage material.
A truck driver discovered 12 undocumented migrants hiding in his truck on Saturday.
Online grocery shopping in the Netherlands is booming. Dutch people spend 450 million euros on online grocery shopping last year - a 55 percent increase compared to 2013.
Former Dutchbat soldiers are stunned by the new information about the fall of Srebrenica that was revealed in a documentary about the enclave that was aired on Monday. They are demanding answers.
In the summer of 1995 Britain, France and the United States secretly decided to no longer carry out air strikes on Serb targets. If this had not happened, the fall of Srebrenica and the subsequent massacre may have been prevented.
The body of a Dutch young woman was found in the south of France on Thursday. The 19 year old Marie Camps, student at the Belgian Erasmus University, drowned on Wednesday in a river canyon of the Gorges de Galamus while swimming with two friends.