The Netherlands played a crucial role in sabotaging Iran's nuclear program in 2007. An agent from Dutch general intelligence service AIVD infiltrated the atomic complex at Natanz and spread a devastating digital virus that delayed the nuclear program for years, the Volkskrant reports based on sources and its own investigation.
A Syrian man who was caught spying in Germany for the Syrian state security service must be deported from the Netherlands, where he applied for asylum, the court in Middelburg ruled. He is also banned from entering the Netherlands for ten years, NU.nl reports.
The man came through Germany to the Netherlands in 2017. His wife and children were already in the Netherlands and he came to join them. According to the court, during his stay in Germany, the man passed information about Syrian opposition members residing in Germany to the Syrian security service.
The Dutch women's field hockey team won the European Championships in Antwerp on Sunday with a 2-0 victory over Germany. With the European title in hand, the Dutch women also won a place in the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year. The team and coach Alyson Annan are delighted, NU.nl reports.
The Netherlands and Germany want to collaborate more intensively in tackling climate change and the energy transition, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Chancellor Angela Merkel said after meeting at the Catshuis in The Hague on Thursday. There are differences in how the two countries are approaching these issues, and those differences are opportunities to learn from each other, they said, NOS reports.
The police arrested a 33-year-old German man in a stolen car on the N280 near Roermond after a high speed chase on Thursday morning. The chase ended when the stolen car crashed into the back of a police car, and both vehicles came to a damaged halt, the police said in a statement.
Following a report from the German police about an ATM bombing in Heinsberg, the Dutch police took position on the N280 near the German border. At around 4:45 a.m., the officers saw a German Audi driving towards Roermond at high sped and gave chase.
The Netherlands' national knowledge center on Germany DIA is concerned about German-language education in Dutch schools. More and more schools are dropping the language, mainly because teachers are hard to find, the institute said to newspaper AD.
The police arrested a 31-year-old man in Amsterdam on Monday night after a long chase that started in Germany. The man fled from the German police after they checked his car in the town of Dinslaken and found a possible firearm, according to RTL Nieuws.
The man took off at high speed and the German police gave chase. The Dutch police joined the chase when the man crossed the border with the Netherlands. The cops pursued the man over a distance of about 170 kilometers via the A30, the A12 and the A1 highways.
A Dutch athlete is currently in custody in Germany after she was caught with a very large amount of drugs and cash on her. Madiea G. was arrested on June 18th with dozens of kilograms of ecstasy and crystal meth and 12 thousand euros in cash in her car, AD reports.
A 43-year-old Dutch man and his 3-year-old daughter were killed in a serious traffic accident on the A8 highway near Munich in Germany on Sunday morning. The 39-year-old mother and their two other children, aged 11 and 13 years, were seriously injured, RTL Nieuws reports.
The Dutch family was traveling south in their minibus when it went off the road for unknown reasons and hit a tree. The accident happened at around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday. The mother was driving at the time, according to the broadcaster. The cause of the accident is not yet clear.
A 53-year-old employee of the Public Prosecution Service in The Hague was arrested in Germany on June 18th on suspicion of drug trafficking. She is suspected of smuggling two kilograms of cocaine, 6 kilograms of amphetamine, and 10 thousand ecstasy pills into the country, the German Public Prosecutor confirmed to AD.
The drugs were found in the woman's car. Her daughter and son-in-law were also arrested, the German Prosecutor said to the newspaper. The three are suspected of wanting to sell the drugs in Germany. They are still in custody.
Arson may have been involved in a fire at a German sauna club in which a 64-year-old Dutch man died on Sunday, the German police said, AD reports.
The fire at Gallardo Sauna Club in Hamminkeln broke out during the early hours of Sunday morning. Emergency services tried to resuscitate the Dutch man, but it was to no avail. He died at the scene.
The Duisburg police are investigating the cause of the fire and this investigation led them to believe arson was involved, according to AD.
A 64-year-old man died in a fire at a sauna club in the German town of Hamminkeln on Sunday morning. Three men were arrested for hindering firefighters while they were extinguishing the fire. The victim came from the Netherlands, other visitors to the Gallardo Sauna Club said to NU.nl.
The sauna was completely destroyed in the fire. First responders tried to resuscitate the Dutch man, but it was to no avail. He died at the scene.
In four of the five most popular holiday destinations for Dutch tourists, food is more expensive than in the Netherlands. Only in Spain will Dutch pay less for groceries than at home, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday.
After days of long and intense meetings in Brussels, the European leaders reached an agreement. Dutch Frans Timmermans will not be the president of the European Commission. That position will go to German Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen. Instead Timmermans will likely stay on in his current position, vice-president of the European Commission, though the European Parliament still has to approve that, NOS and RTL Nieuws report.
The Dutch women's football team looked like they were a team possessed when they came out in the second half of their match against Italy, scoring twice to win 0-2. The two teams faced off in the 2019 FIFA World Cup quarterfinal at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes, France on Saturday afternoon.
Thousands of Dutch fans showed up to support Oranje on Saturday. Even with the scorching 34-degree heat, the official attendance for the match topped 22 thousand.
The German authorities arrested a total of 11 suspects, including a Dutch national and two persons from Poland, while shutting down Germany's largest online drug shop called 'Chemical Revolution', the General Prosecutor's Office in Frankfurt announced. The detainees are suspected drug trafficking and other drug related crimes.
An investigation into the discovery of cocaine hidden in a flower shipment in January led to a much larger drug bust in April. Ten people were taken into custody who worked for a logistics firm at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam after 160 kilograms of cocaine was found in another flower shipment.
It was not revealed when the arrests took place, but eight of the suspects were still in custody on Thursday.
Four Dutch persons were arrested in the Netherlands and Croatia last week as part of a major international investigation into large-scale drug trafficking, led by the German police. The Dutch are suspected of delivering psychoactive substances, popularly called designer drugs, to thousands of German buyers, the Dutch police said in a statement. This involved at least 15 thousand shipments, according to the police.
Around 50 climate activists from the group Smash Cruiseshit blocked the departure of Dutch cruise ship Zuiderdam from the German city of Kiel on Sunday afternoon, the action group said in a press release. The activists occupied a construction crane, positioned rowboats in front of the ship, and blocked access to the bollards to which the ship was moored.
The police were urgently looking for a 14-year-old exchange student from Morocco who disappeared in Amsterdam during the early hours of Wednesday morning. "His supervisors are very concerned about his wellbeing", the police said, adding that the boy only speaks Arabic and doesn't know the Netherlands particularly well.
Mohammed left the Amsterdam host family's home where he had been staying at around 3:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning. He had a suitcase with him and was wearing a black quilted jacket, dark gray sweatpants, Nike sneakers, and a gold and red T-shirt with glitter.
A Dutch man was critically injured Wednesday night after he impaled himself on a fence while apparently taking a shortcut to a casino. The Almelo man was walking to a gambling house in Ahaus, Germany when he climbed over a fence that separated a playground from the casino grounds, the District Police in Borken, Germany said in a statement.
He slipped as he tried to hop the fence, and the sharp tip of the fencing pierced his thigh. He remained hanging there, crying out for help shortly after the incident happened at 12:20 a.m.
A Flixbus bus on its way from Munich to Amsterdam collided with a truck in Germany during the early hours of Wednesday morning. Seven people were injured, three of whom seriously. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs can not yet say whether any of the victims are Dutch, RTL Nieuws reports.
The Dutch and German police have their hands full with Dutch criminals committing ATM bombings in Germany. In the first four months of this year, Dutch suspects were linked to 82 ATM bombings on German territory. Last year the cooperation between the two police forces resulted in the arrest of 98 suspects in the Netherlands, 49 of whom are suspected of ATM bombings in Germany, AD reports.
In the Netherlands, 33 ATMs were blown open so far this year.
A 47-year-old man from Syria was arrested in Kapelle in Zeeland on Tuesday on suspicion of committing war crimes and terrorist crimes in Syria. The man is suspected of being a commander of a battalion in terrorist organization Jabhat al-Nusra, the police said in a statement.