Prime Minister Mark Rutte met with United States president Donald Trump in Washington on Monday. During his welcome speech Trump spoke about the U.S. and the European Union meeting soon to discuss trade agreements. "If we do work it out that will be positive. And if we don't work it out, that will be positive also", Trump said. Rutte could not agree with that. "No", he interrupted. "That's not positive. We have to work something out."
The United States decided to step out of the United Nations' Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs responded that he regrets the decision. Prime Minister Mark Rutte called it "unwise", the Telegraaf reports.
It is expected that later this year a decision will be made about the early release of Dutch-Surinamese man Jaitsen Singh, who has been in prison in the United States for 34 years. There is a chance that he was unjustly convicted of the murders of his wife and daughter, ANP reports.
Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs said that the Netherlands expressed its support for an early release on humanitarian grounds. Singh is getting consular assistance from the Netherlands.
According to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, unity within the European Union is more important than ever in this time when international relations and alliances can no longer be counted on. The EU countries must remain united and not let themselves be played against each other, was Rutte's main message in his speech in the European Parliament on Wednesday. "Unity is the basis of our strength", Rutte said, NU.nl reports.
Technology company ASML in Veldhoven, Noord-Brabant, lost three of its employees in a fatal car crash in the United States. The victims are 38-year-old Tim Alberts, 25-year-old Ronald Wall from Deil and 22-year-old James Shennan, who had a New Zealand background, the Telegraaf reports.
Two Dutch people were killed in a traffic accident in the United States state of Oregon, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed. A third person in the car with them also died. His nationality has not yet been confirmed, NOS reports.
The three people were driving near the town of Salem when their car was hit from behind by a pick-up truck. They then crashed into another car.
According to KATU News, the accident happened on Thursday. The victims died from their injuries over the weekend.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte will pay a visit to United States president Donald Trump early next month at the invitation of the White House, sources told the Telegraaf.
After some time looking for a gap in the agenda for Rutte and Trump to meet, the meeting was tentatively scheduled for July 2nd, according to the newspaper. Rutte and Trump have spoken before, over the telephone and in the margins of a NATO summit in Hamburg, but this will be their first official meeting.
Alex van der Zwaan, the Dutch lawyer who was sentenced to jail for lying to the FBI in Robert Mueller's investigation into possible Russian interference in the United States presidential elections in 2016, has been released from prison, NOS reports.
The Dutch lawyer was sentenced to 30 days in prison and a fine of over 16 thousand euros. He reported to a low-security facility in Pennsylvania to serve his sentence last month.
The United States implemented import duties on steel and aluminum from the European Union, Mexico and Canada. From 6:00 a.m. on Friday, Dutch time, a rate of 25 percent applies for steel and 10 percent for aluminum from these countries. The Dutch government called the decision unwise and regrettable, NOS and NU.nl report.
On Monday Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs will explain the Netherlands and Australia's decision to formally hold Russia accountable for its role in the downing of flight MH17 to a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels. He is counting on unanimous support from the European Union on this decision, sources told newspaper AD.
"The disaster with MH17 is a black page in our history", Prime Minister Mark Rutte said after the Council of Ministers on Friday. He cut a trade mission to India short to discuss the interim results of the investigation into the disaster with the Council of Ministers. "We won't exclude any legal steps", the Dutch Prime Minster said, NU.nl reports.
American companies settling in Europe are increasingly opting for a country other than the Netherlands. "The Netherlands is not automatically the first choice anymore", Patrick Mikkelsen, director of AmCham, the American Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands, said to newspaper AD.
The Americans are critical of the Dutch business climate and believe that the Netherlands should implement changes quickly. Criticisms include high corporate tax in the Netherlands, and planned changes to a favorable tax regulation for expats.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte called the decision of United States president Donald Trump to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal "clumsy". The European Union leaders discussed this issue at an EU summit in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia on Wednesday, NOS reports.
Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwaan turned himself in on Monday to serve a 30 day long prison sentence he got for lying to the FBI in Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia. Van der Zwaan is the first person to be sentenced in this investigation, Politico reports.
Van der Zwaan reported to a low-security facility in Pennsylvania. He is set to be released on June 4th, according to the newspaper.
Donald Trump withdrew the United States from an agreement with Iran that limits the Middle Eastern country's nuclear program in exchange for sanction relief. Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs calls this decision bad news for Dutch and European safety.
Over the past two days there was an international police action against the propaganda apparatus of terrorist organization Islamic State. Servers belonging to Amaq, a press agency affiliated with the terrorist organization, were seized in the Netherlands, NOS reports.
The National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) made sure all Dutch government organizations are aware of a warning issued by the American and British security services about Russian state hackers targeting network equipment. The NCSC, which falls under the Ministry of Justice and Security, takes this warning seriously and advises all Dutch organizations to check their network equipment for erroneous configurations, NU.nl reports.
The Netherlands sees no sense in implementing more sanctions against Russia for its role in the situation in Syria, Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs said. "The only real solution for the Syrian conflict lies at the negotiating table", the Dutch Minister said, NOS reports.
The prosecution of those responsible for the MH17 disaster is the first subject Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs will discuss with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov during his visit to Moscow on Friday. The Dutch Minister will also ask Russia to contribute to stopping the conflict in Syria, first of all by making a cease fire possible so that humanitarian aid can get to the people in the war-torn country, NOS reports.
Minister Ank Bijleveld of Defense understands why the United States is threatening military action in Syria following what is believed to be a poison gas attack in Douma. "If diplomatic, economical and political measures are insufficient, the Netherlands understands a proportional military action in Syria", she said to Nieuwsuur.
John Christopher Ludwick, who claimed that he helped Joran van der Sloot dispose of missing teen Natalee Holloway's body, was stabbed to death on Tuesday as he tried to abduct a woman in Port Charlotte, Florida, CBS News reports.
A spokesperson for the local police told CBS that 32-year-old Ludwick was roommates with the woman in the past and wanted a romantic relationship with her, but she refused. "He essentially ambushed her getting out of her car, going into her home", the spokesperson said.
Dutch presenter Eva Jinek interviewed American presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on a special episode of Brandpunt+ on Tuesday night. Some 611 thousand viewers tuned in to watch, according to figures from Stichting Kijkonderzoek.
The interview was recorded last week Thursday and broadcast on Tuesday, according to NOS. Jinek and Clinton discussed Clinton's campaign to become president of the United States, her reaction when Donald Trump won instead, and Trump as an opponent for whom rules don't seem to apply.
The Dutch and American authorities want ING to provide insight into future corruption risks as part of a settlement on four money laundering and fraud cases against the Dutch bank. The authorities hope that additional monitoring will reduce the risk of ING getting involved in such corruption cases again, the Financieele Dagblad reports.
Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwaan admitted to lying to the team investigating possible Russian interference in the United States presidential elections in 2016, led by American special prosecutor Robert Mueller. Mueller charged Van de Zwaan with lying to the FBI in the investigation, and he pled guilty on Tuesday, the Washington Post reports.