Rob Verkerk, Commander of the Dutch Armed Forces, and Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs called critical statements by Sint Maarten Prime Minister William Marlin about Dutch soldiers on the island "complete nonsense". In an interview with NRC, Marlin said that Dutch soldiers did nothing to stop looting on the island after Hurricane Irma.
Amsterdam police are extending the search for the missing Norwegian man Tore Grødem during the coming days. The 21-year-old went vanished on December 19th after he left the Escape nightclub in Rembrandtplein to take cash out of his account.
Letters obtained from health and safety inspectors and minutes of meetings reveal that the Defence Ministry was aware of the health risks associated with carcinogenic paint since 1987, but did not take steps to protect staff until eleven years later, according to broadcaster NOS.
The Ministry of Defence will need thousands of additional reservists over the next seven years, the Volkskrant reports.