Netherlands

Dec 20 '16 08:16

Athletic events played on artificial turf mixed with rubber granules in the Netherlands does not significantly increase exposure to carcinogenic chemicals, states an unreleased report by Dutch health authority RIVM, according to the Telegraaf. Still, the agency recommends a wider scale international study of the rubber granules, often made by recycling automotive tires, as regulations governing the practice are inconsistent from country to country.

European Union
Dec 15 '16 08:59

The European Summit in Brussels today is expected to be a tense one. One of the main items on the agenda is the fact that the Netherlands still has not ratified the association agreement with the Ukraine, the only EU country not to do so. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will try get his fellow EU leaders to accept a set of amendments to the deal, with which he hopes he can convince Dutch parliament to ratify the agreement.

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Dec 14 '16 15:55

Dutch workers can count on an average 2.5 percent wage increase next year according to international consultancy firm Korn Ferry Hay Group. At 2.5 percent, the Netherlands' workers is getting a bigger increase than the 2.1 percent average for Western Europe, ANP reports.

Korn Ferry hay Group annually studies salary expectations as predicted by personnel departments world wide. This study is based on a massive database containing data on more than 20 million people spread over 25 thousand organizations in 110 countries. 

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Dec 13 '16 09:56

Over the past 10 years the number of new fathers in the Netherlands who take paternity leave doubled. Despite this, it is still only 11 percent of new dads that take time off work to care for their kids, according to the Emancipation Monitor 2016 published by Statistics Netherlands and social and cultural planning office SCP on Tuesday, the Volkskrant reports.

According to the researchers, this increase in fathers taking paternity lave can be mostly attributed to the younger generation. Young mothers now less often work less after the birth of a child than before. 

Dec 12 '16 10:02

The Netherlands is the biggest tax haven in the European Union and the third biggest in the world, according to Oxfam Novib's list of the 15 biggest tax havens in the world. Worldwide, only Bermuda and the Cayman Islands are ranked higher on the development organization's list, NOS reports.

Other EU countries in the top 15 list include Switzerland on 4th place, Ireland in 6th and Luxembourg on 7th position. Curacao is the 8th biggest tax haven in the world. And the British Virgin Islands made it to 15th place.

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Dec 9 '16 11:41

Anti-Islam party leader Geert Wilders was found guilty of inciting discrimination and insulting a race of people . In issuing its ruling, judges at the maximum security court near Schiphol Airport said the populist politician's rhetoric did not fall within his rights to free speech.

Russia's Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Viktor Yanukovich
Dec 8 '16 11:58

The Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV) called upon Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte to push through ratification of a European Union agreement with the Ukraine. The deal, rejected by Dutch voters in a non-binding referendum, includes policy on energy, economics, labour rights and free travel across borders.

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Dec 8 '16 10:18

The number of adults held in custody by order of Dutch courts fell in 2015 by 3,450 to 39,790. It represents a decline of nearly eight percent on the 2014 prison population, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), a reversal after two straight years of slight increases.

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Dec 7 '16 15:20

The Netherlands is still making secret tax deals with multinational companies, according to an European report on which Dutch research foundation SOMO worked. The Netherlands remains one of the ost important countries in Europe when it comes to tax evasion, the report states according to ANP.

Last year the Netherlands made 236 secret tax deals. That means that the country is 3rd in Europe in the number of secret tax deals made with multinationals last year. Only Belgium and Luxembourg made more.

Jihadist
Dec 2 '16 12:15

Terrorist organization Islamic State is planning more attacks in Europe and the Netherlands may be a target, according to a warning report Europol released on Friday. The European policing force thinks that ISIS will likely keep to attack tacticts currently used in Syria and Iraq - car bombs, kidnappings, extortion and suicide bombings, AD reports.

Ibrahim El Bakraoui, a suicide bomber in terrorist attacks on Brussels, 22 Mar 2016
Nov 30 '16 08:45

Ibrahim El Bakraoui, one of the bombers that committed a suicide attack at the Zaventem airport in Brussels in March, payd bribes to be deported to the Netherlands instead of Belgium, the Belgian judicial authorities believe, according to RTL Nieuws.

Woman wearing a burqa
Nov 29 '16 19:57

A controversial , veils, and other “face-covering clothing” from some Dutch public institutions was approved by a majority of parliament on Tuesday. The motion passed by a show of hands, the lower house of parliament confirmed, and will head to the senate for approval.

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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.

Amsterdam or Naples?
Nov 25 '16 13:50

It seems that Naples wants to take some of the tourists Amsterdam is often complaining about off the Dutch capital's hands. Visitnaples.eu playfully launched an attack on Amsterdam with a video comparing the two cities.

In the video, posted on various social media platforms, the Italians compare the food, entertainment and museums in the two cities, and their prices. For example, visit to Caravaggio will cost 8 euros,compared to18 euros to visit the Van Gogh in Amsterdam. 

Media Martk Black Friday ad
Nov 25 '16 10:45

The American shopping phenomenons of Black Friday and Cyber Monday are slowly gaining ground in the Netherlands, with more and more Dutch stores and online stores participating in the discount days each year.

In the United States Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving, so the third Friday in November. On that day almost all American stores offer massive discounts for shoppers aiming to get a head start on Christmas shopping. It also annually results in videos of crowds of people busting into stores the moment they open or fighting over the last television, for example. 

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte visiting Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Jakarta, 23 Nov 2016
Nov 24 '16 11:45

The Netherlands will return thousands of Indonesian cultural artifacts kept by the Netherlands since colonial times, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte promised while meeting with Indonesian president Joko Widodo in Jakarta, local news agency Jakarta Globe reports.

European Union
Nov 23 '16 11:55

In the first nine months of 2016 Dutch companies exported more to the Ukraine than in the same period last year, according to figures from the European Commission (EC). The total trade between the Netherlands increased by 4 percent to 1.17 billion euros. According to the Commission, this can be attributed to the , the trade part of which took effect on January 1st, ANP reports. 

Femke Lucas and Sam Bruijs, missing from Bergen op Zoom since 15 Nov 2016. Believed to be in Malaga, Spain
Nov 18 '16 11:15

The fathers of are in Spain helping the local authorties look for their daughters. There are now indications that the two 16-year-old girls are no longer in Malaga, but in Marbella, some 60 km away, Omroep Brabant reports based on information from a spokesperson for the famiies.

Femke Lucas and Sam Bruijs, missing from Bergen op Zoom since 15 Nov 2016. Believed to be in Malaga, Spain
Nov 18 '16 07:45

Two 16-year-old Dutch girls have been missing since Tuesday. The authorities believe that Femke Lucas and Sam Bruijs from Bergen op Zoom took a bus to Eindhoven Airport on Tuesday and then flew to Malaga in southern Spain. They were last seen there on surveillance camera footage, Omroep Brabant reports.

Why the two girls suddenly decided to go to Spain remains a mystery, for the police and their families. At this stage the police believe that the two aren't in any trouble, but they are taking the matter seriously.

Mark Rutte in his office (Source: Wikimedia/ATX-NL)
Nov 17 '16 07:33

American President-elect Donald Trump released a list of all the world leaders he's spoken to since winning the U.S. election with the most electoral votes last week, to show how hard he's been working. But he forgot to add Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to the list.

Khalid K. as the scrupulous jihadist
Nov 14 '16 14:15

With European citizens becoming more polarized when it comes to integration, Islam and asylum, the Netherlands must prepare for a possible attack during the parliamentary elections in March, cautions Dick Schoof, the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security. Radicalized loners, both ultra nationalists and religious fanatics, could be particularly dangerous, he told radio station BNR.

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Nov 14 '16 13:59

A joint purchase by the Netherlands and Belgium will give the navies of those two countries access to twelve minesweepers and four frigates, according to Belgian media outlet De Redactie. An estimated four-billion euro purchase price will be split by the neighboring nations, presuming Dutch defense minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and her Belgian counterpart, Steven Vandeput, sign the deal later in November.

Nov 11 '16 15:09

The Dutch cabinet has given its approval to decrease the age someone in the Netherlands is allowed to get behind the wheel of a car from 18 years of age down to 17. The 17 year olds who pass their written exams are then allowed to get on-the-road training from an instructor, with the goal of passing their practical exams when they turn 18.

107,000 British pounds found in the car of a money laundering suspect on A16 near Zevenbergschen Hoek, 8 Nov 2016
Nov 10 '16 09:21

The police arrested a 44-year-old man on the A16 near Zevenbergschen Hoek on Tuesday night after stopping him for a broken taillight. He is internationally wanted for money laundering and had 107 thousand British pounds in his car, the police said in a statement.

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