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Aug 28 '18 14:00

A 47-year-old man from Greece was arrested on suspicion of human trafficking in the Zeeland town of Colijnsplaat on Saturday. He was caught smuggling eight people on a sailboat sailing under the Belgian flag, the Koninklijke Marechaussee said on Monday, NU.nl reports.

The eight people were found in the boat's cabin during a check in the port of Colijnsplaat. The Marechaussee - a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military -  believe they come from Albania and were being smuggled to England. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

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Aug 24 '18 09:07

A Syrian man was sentenced to two years in prison, four months of which conditionally suspended, for trafficking children through Schiphol. Between December 2016 and February 2018 the man smuggled five children from Greece, through Schiphol and into the Netherlands, AT5 reports.

According to the Public Prosecutor, the man himself is an asylum seeker from Syria. He told the court that he wanted to help separated families by bringing their children to them. He called the trafficking an expression of "charity", according to the broadcaster.

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Aug 3 '18 07:47

Wilma Kippers from Wierden was killed in an accident with a quad bike on the Greek island of Santorini on Tuesday. The 26-year-old woman was on vacation on the island with a friend. The two had hired a quad bike shortly before the accident, De Gelderlander reports.

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Jul 24 '18 14:43

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima released a statement expressing "enormous sympathy" to those affected by forest fires raging in Greece. So far the fires claimed 60 lives and left some 150 people injured. Whether any Dutch are among the victims is not yet clear, RTL Nieuws reports.

"The raging forest fires in Greece have claimed many victims. We feel enormous sympathy for the victims, their families and those who do not yet know the fate of their loved ones. We share their pain and our thoughts are with them", the Dutch Royals said.

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Mar 13 '18 13:40

Dutch tourists are again vacationing in countries like Turkey and Egypt after avoiding these countries due to terrorist attacks, AD reports based on figures from travel agencies sector organization ANVR.

Visits to Turkey from the Netherlands dropped to nearly zero following an attempted coup and several terrorist attacks. But in January the number of bookings to the country rose by 90 percent.

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Mar 5 '18 09:39

Two Dutch-Turks currently in custody in Greece deny that they planned to murder Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, their Greek lawyer Ioanna Kourtovik said to newspaper AD.

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Dec 19 '17 13:40

Two Dutch-Turks are currently in custody in Greece on suspicion of involvement in a plan to kill Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. They form part of a group that planned an attack on the Turkish president using rockets and Molotov cocktails, the Telegraaf reports.

Anil S. (25) from Amsterdam and Burak A. (23) from Eindhoven were arrested during an anti-terrorism action in Greece on November 28th. According to the newspaper, S. is on the national terrorism list, and both Dutch-Turks are affiliated with left-wing extremist group DHKP-C.

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Nov 15 '17 16:00

A investigative journalist for Dutch national broadcaster KRO-NCRV was arrested in Greece on Monday for entering a restricted military area on the border between Greece and Turkey without permission. Sakir Khader was released on Tuesday after appearing in court, the Washington Post reports.

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Jul 21 '17 08:36

A massive earthquake with a force of 6.7 on the Richter scale hit the southwestern coast of Turkey around 1:30 a.m. on Friday, local time. The epicenter of the quake was 10 kilometers form the coast of tourist resort Bodrum. Nearby Greek island Kos was also hit hard. Many Dutch tourists are on summer holiday at these locations, NU.nl reports.

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Jun 14 '17 11:00

A total of 11 million Dutch are going on summer vacation this year, 3 percent more than last year, according to research by NBTC-Nipo. That means that about 7 in 10 Dutch will be going away on vacation this year, NOS reports.

Most people are going abroad for vacation - nearly 8 million. Like last year France is the most popular destination for Dutch vacationers, with 1.3 million visitors. Spain follows in second place. Greece took a massive leap in popularity and can expect 50 percent more Dutch visitors this summer than last year. 

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May 3 '17 07:52

A Jet2 plane had to make an emergency landing at Schiphol Airport on Tuesday evening due to technical problems. The Boeing 757 landed safely and no one was injured, AD reports.

The plane was on its way from Kos, Greece to Leeds, England. The exact reason for the emergency landing is unclear, though several media sources report that the plane flew the last few minutes with one of its two engines turned off. That would indicate fuel or engine problems, according to AD. 

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Mar 24 '17 14:15

For now the Netherlands does not have to take in asylum seekers from overcrowded asylum camps in Greece at an accelerated pace, the court in The Hague ruled on Friday in a lawsuit filed by activist group We Gaan Ze Halen (We Will Fetch Them) against the Dutch State, AD reports.

According to the group, the Netherlands is taking in too few asylum seekers from Greece. But the court ruled that the Netherlands has until September to meet its commitments on asylum intake.

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Feb 24 '17 13:15

Greek brewery Macedonian Thrace Brewery is claiming 100 million euros from Heineken in a lawsuit filed with the court in Amsterdam. According to the Greek brewery, the Dutch beer giant abused its position of power in Greece, NU.nl.

Officially the lawsuit is filed against Athenian Brewery, Heineken's Greek subsidiary. Macedonian Thrace Brewer claims that Heineken stalled the competition in the Greek beer market for years by making exclusive deals with retailers. The brewer claims that it could not achieve its growth potential due to Heineken's unfair competition.

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Sep 6 '16 08:23

Terrorist organization Islamic State planned to hit more targets during the terrorist attacks in Paris in November last year. The other targets included more places in France and other countries, including the Netherlands, American news agency CNN reports.

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May 25 '16 12:27

The lower house of Dutch parliament mostly approves of the agreements the Euro-countries reached on debt relief for Greece, NU.nl reports after talking to the parliamentary parties.

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May 24 '16 08:17

More Dutch are choosing to stay in the Netherlands for their summer vacation, according to a survey done by the Dutch board of tourism and conventions NBTC-NIPO

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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 16:00

State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice was faced with riots during a visit to a asylum camp on the Greek island of Lesbos on Tuesday. Asylum seekers threw stones while shouting "freedom" and "open borders"

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Apr 12 '16 12:55

Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis Plasschaert wants an extension for NATO's anti-human trafficking mission on the Aegean Sea. The mission is set to end over three months, "but leaving in July would be really premature", Hennis said to broadcaster NOS during a visit to the area.

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Apr 4 '16 14:15

The first group of Syrian asylum seekers from Turkey will arrive in the Netherlands on Tuesday, the European Commission announced on Monday. These are "recognized asylum seekers" that EU member states agreed to take in as part of the asylum agreement with Turkey, which took effect on Monday.

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Mar 10 '16 08:23

The Dutch navy ship Zr.MS. Van Amstel was selected to participate in the NATO mission against human trafficking between Turkey and Greece. The ship along with some 150 soldiers will join the mission on the Aegean sea in July, Ministers Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert of Defense and Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs announced on Wednesday

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Mar 10 '16 08:08

The asylum agreement between Turkey and the European Union must halve the number of asylum seekers coming to the Netherlands. If that does not happen, other alternatives will be looked at, State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff said to the lower house of Dutch parliament on Wednesday

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Mar 2 '16 10:24

Prime Minister Mark Rutte is sticking by his previous statement that the Dutch government expects no more than 58 thousand asylum seekers to arrive in the Netherlands this year. And even that is "still too many", he said Tuesday in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, the Volkskrant reports.

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Mar 2 '16 10:00

The Netherlands is sending medical facilities, assistance and equipment to Greece to help out with the many asylum seekers in the country. The Greek government asked for help last week.

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