Eindhoven mayor Rob van Gijzel joined up with his counterpart in Düsseldorf, Germany, Thomas Geisel, for a new high-speed rail line that would connect the two cities. They are calling on their national governments to consider the ten billion euro proposal in light of the expanding economic links between the two countries.
Dutch parliamentarian Stientje van Veldhoven called for an end to the phrase “by the grace of God,” used when bills are signed into law by King Willem-Alexander. The D66 MP calls it a clear violation of separation of church and state, and she thinks a majority of MPs agree with her.
The average person living in the Netherlands viewed 190 minutes of television every day, down 4.8 percent from a year earlier. In 2014, the Netherlands put on a strong showing in both the Winter Olympics and the World Cup, but no such events took place in 2015.
In a year that saw several crimes related to anti-Semitism occur in the Netherlands and a vicious assault on a kosher supermarket in Paris, about 85 Jewish people emigrated out of the Netherlands for Israel, an increase from about 61 a year earlier. The violence prompted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to call for Jews living in Europe to flee for Israel.
The Spanish police arrested three Dutch, seven Brits and two Spaniards in a major drug trafficking bust. Cars, weapons, 3 thousand kilograms of cocaine and 1.2 million euros were seized
It's been an incredibly interesting year in the Netherlands, and we hope it was a good one for all of you. The country had many things to focus on, from terrorist attacks in Europe to an influx of refugee seeking people fleeing war zones. The economy seems to be improving, even though the government is having trouble coping with unemployment, but optimism is high across the country for 2016.
So let's take a look back, and see what the most popular stories were both to our Netherlands-based audience, and to our audience around the world.
Compared to the United States, Europe is always ahead in terms of adopting the latest payment and financial technologies. In 2014, The Guardian reported that America is ‘a decade behind Europe’ in terms of adopting the chip and pin cards that have reduced data theft, due to the former’s strict regulatory rules. Today, European countries, especially the Netherlands, are keen to adopt the latest fintech.
Football hooligans supporting Amsterdam club Ajax are expected to instigate multiple violent clashes in Scotland on Wednesday night, police in Glasgow told local newspaper Evening Times. Officers are concerned about Ajax fans arriving in Glasgow in advance of the Dutch team’s Europa League match against Celtic.
Thalys passengers may soon be facing extra security screenings on the cross-border trains after the terrorist attacks in Paris.
Reports of a suspicious package at the football stadium where Germany was to host the Netherlands Tuesday evening led to the football match’s cancellation. "We have had concrete evidence that someone wanted to detonate an explosive device at the stadium," Hannover police chief Volker Kluwe told German newswire Deutschen Presse-Agentur.
Authorities on the Italian island of Sardinia were actively looking for a Dutch family that went missing on a hike near their holiday rental. A search and rescue mission for the father, mother and children of ages two and six months began at 10 p.m. Monday night.
A university student studying medicine was reported missing over two days ago in Uganda. The 21-year-old reportedly went missing in Murchison Falls National Park while near the bank of the Nile River.
Google Netherlands will be introducing a campaign that is aimed at teaching entrepreneurs digital skills and how to do better business online. The aim for this campaign is to help them with the ultimate achievement of growing their businesses. The Digital Workshop will use a practical, accessible, and free handle for Dutch self-employed and small business owners
Netherlands goalkeeper Tim Krul will not be playing for the rest of the season due to a severe knee injury. Krul ruptured a knee cruciate during the Dutch team's 2-1 win against Kazakhstan on Saturday. With first choice keeper Jasper Cillessen also injured during the warm up before the match, coach Danny Blind has decided to add Maarten Stekelenburg and Kenneth Vermeer to his selection.
Those seeking asylum in the Netherlands should have no access to the current collection of rent-controlled social housing on the market, VVD parliamentarian Roald van der Linde told the AD. “Refugees that come from a warzone must be happy with whatever they get,” he firmly stated.
Senate has pushed for an amendment to the bill regulating the recognition of foreign marriages to young girls in the Netherlands as a priority this past Tuesday. The new law not only regulates the prevention of child brides from abroad, it also aims to limit marriages between first cousins.
Dutch labour union CNV is concerned that layoff plans announced this week at Air France could indicate dark clouds on the horizon at sister airline KLM. The French airline wants to eliminate 2,900 jobs and end some long-haul flights to Asia, which sent unruly employees to the company's headquarters in a flash protest that including ripping the clothes off two executives.
With seven goals from six games, the call came as a surprise to Ajax striker Anwar El Ghazi when Dutch coach Danny Blind announced him in the Dutch squad for the last two European Championship qualifiers on Friday. Parool reported that El Ghazi said he was not even thinking about it when he read it on the internet, and was really happy about his selection.
The anti-refugee PVV party has, over the past week, climbed more than three seats now sitting on 33 in the weekly Maurice de Hond poll, as the party continues to gain popularity. Party president Geert Wilders has distributed flyers calling against the extension of Almere’s refugee centre and especially against the tsunami of refugees from Islamic countries that is threatening the Netherlands.
Large Dutch municipalities are going to face higher deficits from next year as the national government begins cutting welfare budgets to municipalities. While some experts argue the new budget will encourage cities to get people off benefits, it also means a 25 million euro cut in money disbursed to Amsterdam, equivalent to a 4.6-percent budget slash, the Volkskrant reported on Monday.
The Netherlands must take urgent action to make sure that refugees in the country do not dramatically increase the unemployment rate in the nation, said Harry van de Kraats, director of employers' association AWVN. This group could wind up as long-term unemployed if the country does not help refugees quickly find work, he said in an interview with BNR.
Fans of mixed martial arts in the Netherlands will likely rejoice next year as one of the leading MMA promotion companies, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) plans to promote their events heavily in the Netherlands. “Holland is a key market for us and it’s somewhere we want to be,” new UFC vice-president and EMEA general manager James Elliot told MMAfighting.com.
The Netherlands and France will jointly purchase two Rembrandt portraits for a combined total of 160 million euros, Dutch cultural minister Jet Bussemaker informed parliament on Wednesday. The two countries came to terms during a meeting between Prime Minister Mark Rutte and French President Francois Holland at the UN summit in New York this week.
The Netherlands has risen three places to once again sit in fifth place on a list of 140 countries that were part of the annual measure of global competitiveness, according to figures released by The Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016, conducted by the World Economic Forum.