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.
The latest Global Wealth report from insurer Allianz revealed on Tuesday that the Netherlands placed sixth among the top 20 richest countries in the world according to their assessment of household equity versus debt conducted in more than fifty countries.
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.
The Netherlands has signed on to provide training to the civilian and military leaders of UN missions in Africa. Both Africans and Europeans will be selected for the program, meant to better protect African civilians in conflict zones.
The Anglo-Dutch oil company, Shell, announced it will be closing down its operations in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea due to the high costs and strict regulations that govern the exploration for oil. Director of Shell Upstream Americas, Marvin Odum reported that the company is disappointed at the exploration results that came from the Burger J exploration well in the region, and will now cease further exploration activity off Alaska's coastline for the foreseeable future.
The CEO of American electric car manufacturer, Tesla, officially opens a second Tesla factory in the Netherlands on Friday evening, alongside the Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp. The nearly 50,000-square meter factory hires 180 workers, and stands alongside an assembly line and test track for the electric cars.
The Netherlands’ economic contribution for development cooperation has been labelled an embarrassment by Oxfam Novib according to a calculation done by the organization. The calculation has revealed that the Netherlands is no longer meeting the UN’s spending target, 0.7 percent of the country’s GDP, for poverty reduction, the Volkskrant reported on Thursday.
A collaboration between University Medical Center and Harvard University in the States has resulted in a very promising new treatment for multiple myeloma, the most critical form of bone marrow cancer. After treatment with this new drug, called daratumumab, the cancer cells in the bone marrow of 40 percent of the patients in the test group largely disappeared, UMC Utrecht announced on Thursday.
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.
Supermarket group Ahold saw an increase in both turnover and profits in what CEO Dick Boer calls "a strong second quarter".
The Dutch government has promised the international community that Zwarte Piet will be changed int a figure that is acceptable to everyone. He will not be banned however.
Greenpeace has launched a boycotting action against Shell in response to the oil company receiving the final go-ahead from the American government for drilling in Alaska
A 71 year old Dutchman may have been unjustly imprisoned in the United States for the past 31 years. The Ministry of Security and Justice does not want to help with arranging early release or transfer for he man.
International experts are meeting in the Netherlands on Monday and Tuesday to discuss the draft of the Dutch Safety Board's final report on the disaster with flight MH17 over Eastern Ukraine on July 17th last year.
Minister Bert Koenders will be discussing the establishment of an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for the downing of flight MH17 at the United Nations in New York on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Monday night. He will consult with New-Zealand, the chairman of the UN Security Council, who will decide whether the establishment of the tribunal will be put to a vote on Wednesday
A neighborhood in the American city Miami has plans to follow the Dutch lead in creating a "woonwerf" or slow road - a pedestrian-friendly, low speed street that can be closed down to traffic - in three locations in the neighborhood, the Miami News Times reported on Tuesday.
Dutch company Startup Bootcamp is opening two new branches in the United States - one in New York and one in San Francisco. The company is also opening new offices in Mexico and South Africa.
Former Dutchbat soldiers are stunned by the new information about the fall of Srebrenica that was revealed in a documentary about the enclave that was aired on Monday. They are demanding answers.
In the summer of 1995 Britain, France and the United States secretly decided to no longer carry out air strikes on Serb targets. If this had not happened, the fall of Srebrenica and the subsequent massacre may have been prevented.
A Joint Investigation Team comprising of authorities in the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Great Britain and Norway, recently broke up a large network of cyber criminals who used malware to attack banking systems world wide.
Retailers Ahold and Delhaize announced that they have entered into a merging agreement on Wednesday. The combined company will be named Ahold Delhaize.
Queen Maxima did not return to the Netherlands after her and King Willem Alexander's official trip to the United States ended on Wednesday. She stayed in America for work on inclusive finance for development in her role as special advocate for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
An astronaut on the International Space Station made history yesterday when he "shook hands" with a European Space Agency team member on the ground in Noordwijk, Zuid-Holland through joysticks installed both on the ISS and in the space center. Terry Virts, an astronaut with NASA, used a haptic-feedback joystick while in orbit to share the handshake with Dr. André Schiele, an engineer working with the European Space Agency and TU Delft in the Netherlands.
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.