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G20 summit in Australia in 2014
Dec 2 '16 15:45

German Chancellor Angela Merkel invited the Netherlands to the G20 summit happening in Hamburg on July 7th and 8th next year. From Thursday Germany is the chairman of the G20 for the next 12 months, NU.nl reports

Prime Minister Mark Rutte called the invitation good news. "We earn a significant portion of our money in international trade. In the G20 the largest economies of the world discus a wide range of toopics that affect financial stability and economic growth. These issues affect Dutch interests directly", he said.

Dutch architecture in Indonesia - Bank Indonesia in Medan
Dec 2 '16 10:09

The Dutch government is discussing a proposal for a major new investigation into violence used by Dutch in Indonesia in the late 40's. This follows the results of years of research by historian Remy Limpach that found that "systemic violence" was used in the former Dutch East Indies, RTL Nieuws reports.

Bert Koenders
Nov 30 '16 14:40

Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs is willing to advocate within the European Union for pausing the talks with Turkey regarding their admittance to the EU, he said in parliament on Wednesday, NOS reports

A majority in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, today voted for pausing the talks. The PvdA added its vote to stepping away from the negotiation table, taking Tuesday's minority vote to a majority on Wednesday. Dutch parliament now supports pausing the talks for six months because of the worsening situation in Turkey.

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Nov 28 '16 15:55

On Monday the Neterlands and Belgium signed a border treaty in which a part of what was formerly Belgium now falls under the Neterlands and vice versa. The reason for the adjustment was the unclear situation in the area around the Maas between Eijsden Margraten in Limburg and Wezet in Belgium, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Monday.

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Nov 22 '16 15:05

Dutch journalist Okke Ornstein is in custody in Panama, Dutch journalists' association NVJ announced on Villamedia on Sunday. He was arrested on Tuesday last week when he entered Panama because of articles on his blog Bananama Republic in which he criticized Canadian businessman Monte Friesner, who lives in Panama.

Syrian rescue workers the White Helmets
Nov 22 '16 10:16

The Netherlands is giving another 4 million euros to support the Syrian rescue workers the White Helmets, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs announced in The Hague on Monday at a screening of a documentary about the White Helmets, NU.nl reports.

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Nov 9 '16 10:16

Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs thinks that Donald Trump should be judged on his actions "The American people have spoken, after a tense election campaign that also made many tensions and divisioins visible", he said to NOS in a first reaction.

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Nov 2 '16 08:50

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima commemmorated the victims of flight MH17 by visiting the Australian monument for the victims in Canberra with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. They placed sunflowers at the monument commemorating the 38 Australians killed in the airline disaster in Ukraine, NU.nl reports.

The monument is located at the Australian Parliament in Canberra. Ministers of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders and Julie Bishop also laid flowers at the monument. 

Rutte Hebdo
Oct 31 '16 15:45

The government needs more time to find a solution on what to do about the problems resulting after the Netherlands voted against ratifying an association agreement between the European Union and Ukraine, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs wrote to parliament on Monday, NU.nl reports.

This letter comes just a day before the deadline parliament set the government for making a decision. The Ministers call it "in the national interest" that more time is taken to find a suitable solution.

European Union
Oct 28 '16 16:00

The Dutch government is running out of time for finding a solution on what to do about ratifying the associatioin agreement between the European Union and Ukraine. The deadline is November 1st. And it doesn't seem likely that a decision will be made on Friday, NU.nl reports.

"Today and in the coming days we are considerably going to talk about it", Minsiter Bert Koenders said, according to NU. "We still have a few days. We'll try to find a solution to the last moment."

Insiya Hemani, kidnapped in Amsterdam and taken to India
Oct 28 '16 14:15

Ministers Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs and Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice are working on getting kidnapped toddler Insiya Hemani back home. They are working through the embassy in India to try and get the 2-year-old girl back to the Netherlands, NOS reports.

"The most important thing isthat we manage to bring her back", Koenders said to the broadcaster. "It is a terrible case in which excessive violence was used,  also in the Netherlands. Van der Steur called it a terrible tragedy. In the interest of the case, the minsters can't say more.

U.S. nuclear test 1954
Oct 28 '16 09:51

The Netherlands was on of 16 countries that abstained on voting on United Nations negotiations on an international nuclear weapons ban. The negotiations will start next year - 123 countries voted for talks on nuclear disarmament and 38 countries voted against, NOS reports.

Ambulance
Oct 25 '16 12:50

A 20-year-old Dutch woman and a 24-year-old German were killed in a traffic accident in Australia. Two other Dutch women survived the crash, but were injured, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed to newspaper AD on Sunday.

The accident happened near Pardoo, in western Australia, on Saturday. The car went off the road and rolled. The four passengers were on holiday together in Australia. 

The other two Dutch women in the car, age 20 and 21 years old, were injured. According to the West Australian, they are in critical, but stable condition. 

Ambulance
Oct 24 '16 10:49

A 20-year-old Dutch woman and a 24-year-old German were killed in a traffic accident in Australia. Two other Dutch women survived the crash, but were injured, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed to newspaper AD on Sunday.

The accident happened near Pardoo, in western Australia, on Saturday. The car went off the road and rolled. The four passengers were on holiday together in Australia. 

The other two Dutch women in the car, age 20 and 21 years old, were injured. According to the West Australian, they are in critical, but stable condition. 

Ford Ranger Ambulance Indonesia
Oct 21 '16 14:09

A 23-year-old woman from Tilburg was killed when she ended up under a train at the Lempuyangan train station in Yogyakarta on the Indonesian island of Java. Local media identifies the victim as Denise Pronk from Tilburg, AD reports.

The young woman was hit by a train while she was trying to cross the tracks. She died on the spot. According to Indonesian media, she was traveling with another Dutch person.

The Indonesian police are investigating what happened. The woman’s body was transferred to the Dr. Sarjito hospital in Yogakarta.

Bert_Koenders_2015_(1)
Oct 20 '16 07:30

Another 15 names were added to the Netherlands' national terrorism list on Thursday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced. Their assets were frozen to make it more difficult for them to fund or participate in terrorist activities

Prison Cells
Oct 18 '16 15:40

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs denies that the Netherlands was negligent in the case of Romano van der Dussen, who spent 12 years in a Spanish jail for a rape he did not commit

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Oct 18 '16 09:43

Romano van der Dussen plans to sue the Dutch government for the 12 years he spent in a Spanish prison for a crime he did not commit, NRC reports. The Dutch man feels that the Netherlands was "seriously negligent" in his case and he therefore plans to demand compensation.

Oct 17 '16 10:05

Prime Minister Mark Rutte wants to reopen the investigation into a bus accident in Sierre, Swizerland in 2012. A total of 22 children and six adults were killed when the bus crashed into the wall of a tunnel

Oct 17 '16 08:38

The Dutch ambassador in Beijing, China was suspended due to a sexual affair with a Chinese woman, the Telegraaf reports. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is investigating.

Oct 12 '16 08:50

A 59-year-old Dutch man was shot and killed on the Philippines island of Mindanao on Sunday evening, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed

Oct 6 '16 12:45

A court in Myanmar sentenced 30-year-old Dutchman Klaas Haytema to three months in prison for insulting religion, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms. Two weeks ago Haytema disrupted a Buddhist sermon by unplugging a loudspeaker broadcasting it.

Oct 5 '16 14:55

Three Dutch tourists were seriously injured in a stabbing in the Moroccan city of Casablanca on Wednesday morning. The two women and one an were walking near the Hassan II when a mentally disturbed man stabbed them

Jeroen Oerlemans on Anderson Cooper 360
Oct 3 '16 08:02

Dutch photographer Jeroen Oerlemans was shot and killed by an ISIS sniper in the Libyan city of Sirte. Both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Belgian news agency Knack, where Oerlemans worked, confirmed his death on Sunday

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