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.
Dutch King Willem-Alexander addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New Yorkby highlighting seventy years of the Netherlands work with the UN on achievements that have helped shape and improve today's world. In a speech where he strongly advocated for the Netherlands to get a seat on the UN Security Council, he also called upon all the nations of the world to show solidarity in the face of the current refugee crisis, noting that the Netherlands has again increased its contribution to humanitarian assistance making it one of the world’s largest donors.
France has committed 80 million euros in a bid to buy one of the two Rembrandt paintings that were conditionally sold to the Rijksmuseum for a combined 160 million. The museum orchestrated the purchase with 80 million euros from the Dutch government with the goal of bringing the marriage portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit back to the Netherlands.
A 62-year-old Muslim woman from the Netherlands was killed in a stampede during the annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. Local authorities say that the incident took place on Thursday, and have reported at least 717 people dead with over 800 more injured.
The two Rembrandt paintings which the Rijksmuseum and the Dutch Government committed to buying for 160 million euros will first make an exhibition tour of all twelve provincial capitals around the Netherlands before reaching their new home at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum.
Unless the migrant crisis in Europe is addressed properly, there could be a surge of right-wing extremism across the continent, said Frans Timmermans, the First Vice-President of the European Commission. Speaking on BBC Radio, the former Dutch foreign affairs minister added that people who do not have a rightful claim to asylum should be swiftly deported.
After a decision by the national government to reduce subsidies to households with at least one undocumented resident, the city of Amsterdam says it will help bridge the gap for struggling families. The city says that as of July 1 the Netherlands no longer counts undocumented people as dependents, meaning their expenses do not count in the official calculation of a household's expenses.
Despite a contraction of 41,000 managerial jobs in the Netherlands, a higher percentage of women held supervisory roles in the second quarter of 2015, newly-released data from Statistics Netherlands (CBS) shows. Women now hold over 26 percent of managerial positions at Dutch companies, an increase of 1.6 percent over the same period in 2014.
There are too few rental properties in the centers of Dutch cities available on the private market for under 1,000 euros, according to a new joint report from property management firm Vastgoedmanagement Nederland (VGM) and the Netherlands Association of Estate Agents (NVM). Released on Tuesday, the report says that far too often people looking legitimate "middle-of-the-road" rental units are quickly diverted to the outskirts of these cities.
Existing home sale prices rose by 2.5 percent in August compared to a year earlier, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS). The growth remained relatively flat compared to last month.
Roughly 630 of the 2,400 municipalities across the Netherlands no longer have their own school, as a rapid decline in the number of pupils has led many small-town schools to shut their doors for good. The northern province of Friesland is seeing the most contraction, with 185 villages having no schools there, according to newspaper AD.
Despite holding possession for over 60 percent of the match, the Dutch men’s football team could not buy a goal in Sunday’s match which saw a coordinated Turkey handily beat Orange 3-0. Turkey jumped to an early lead in the eighth minute on a goal by Oguzhan Ozyakup en route to victory in front of a raucuous home crowd at the Konya Torku Arena.
Network problems continue to plague Dutch telecom Ziggo, as thousands of people took to social media Monday afternoon to complain about a loss of landline telephone service from the provider. Hospitals were among those most harshly hit by the outage, including the AMC, AVL and Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis medical centers in Amsterdam, and the Alrijne and LUMC hospitals in Leiden.
French authorities were working feverishly Saturday morning to determine why a 26-year-old Moroccan man allegedly opened fire with a Kalashnikov rifle on a train headed from Amsterdam to Paris. Officials called three Americans and a British man heroes for their stopping the attack shortly after it started Friday evening.
The United Nations Security Council will vote on the establishment of an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for the downing of flight MH17 on Wednesday night, a spokesperson for New Zealand, chairman of the Security Council, said to Russian news agency Sputnik.
The United Nations Security Council will vote on the establishment of an UN tribunal to prosecute those responsible for the disaster with flight MH17 on July 27th, NRC reports. The vote was initially scheduled for this Tuesday, but was postponed for unknown reasons.
Russia has officially announced that it will be voting against an UN tribunal to prosecute those responsible for the MH17 disaster. In a statement on the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, Russia calls the creation of a tribunal "untimely and counterproductive".
Eurostat estimates that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuel combustion fell by five percent in the European Union in 2014 compared to a year before. Emissions of CO2 account for 80 percent of all EU greenhouse gas emissions.
Three astronauts are traveling back to earth from the International Space Station on Thursday. Among them is Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, who holds the record of being the female astronaut to spend the most time in space. She also holds the same record for European astronauts, taking the record from Dutch astronaut André Kuipers last week.
The Netherlands is planning to give up its unused, extra greenhouse gas allocation, the allowable amount the country may release into the atmosphere. In doing so, the Dutch government hopes to set an example to other countries in the European Union and those onboard with the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, the Cabinet revealed in a statement on Tuesday.
Frans Muller, the Dutch CEO of Delhaize Group, is likely to lead the merger of Netherlands retailer Ahold and Belgian retailer Delhaize, according to Petercam analyst Fernand de Boer. The current CEO of Ahold, Dick Boer, will then resign to become the chairman of the supervisory board, De Boer told newspaper FD.
The OECD improved its forecast for the growth of the Dutch economy. The Netherlands is now expected to grow by two percent in 2015, and 2.2 percent the following year. Previously, the organization estimated the growth of 1.4 and 1.6 percent respectively.
The four countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands reached an agreement on combating cross-border infectious diseases, and the control of bacteriological, radiological and chemical incidents. The countries will cooperate to meet the requirements of the International Health Regulation (IHR), the Dutch cabinet announced this week.