Violent incidents involving automatic weapons are increasing in the Netherlands. As is the number of automatic weapons seized by the police - 225 last year, compared to 170 in 2013 and 215 in 2014
The Netherlands' presidency of the European Union has come to an end. From today Slovakia is the new president. On Thursday EU council president Donald Tusk thanked Prime Minister Mark Rutte for the term, which which was not the easiest time to be president, with the asylum crisis, the Ukraine referendum and the Brexit referendum to deal with.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte wants to impose financial penalty on the Eastern European EU member states which are frustrating the equal redistribution of asylum seekers across the European Union
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.
Denmark is the most bike-friendly country, edging out cycling rivals in the Netherlands, the European Cyclists' Federation (ECF) revealed in their their second-ever Cycling Barometer. Even though Denmark takes the first place in cycling advocacy, the Netherlands landed on top for cycling usage, ECF reported.
In November the police intercepted a large shipment of sub-machine guns arriving in the Netherlands from Slovakia, Metro Nieuws reports. Three suspects, two residents of Oss and a Pole, were arrested. One of the suspects turned out to be a Defense employee.
The abused lion Omar was allowed to explore his new home in Anna Paulowna in Noord-Holland for the first time on Tuesday. Omar was rescued by Stichting Leeuw early this month and brought to the Netherlands from Slovakia, where he lived under very miserable conditions.