US-based taxi application Uber is now making their services available in Utrecht despite a ban put in place against one of the company's schemes in the Netherlands. The company does not only offer the regular UberBLACK service but the forbidden UberPOP as well, Uber stated on Tuesday. The application is now available in the four largest cities in the Randstad area.
Mortgages will likely be much more expensive in the near future, warns Dutch retail bank Rabobank. The rates are expected to increase because of stricter government regulations, the firm's representative told Financieele Dagblad.
The Dutch intelligence services AIVD and MIVD are not the whipping boys of the American intelligence community, in particular the NSA, states the Dutch Minister of Interior, Ronald Plasterk. The statement is a response to an accusation made by former NSA employee and US whistleblower Edward Snowden, who said Dutch intelligence services walk on an American leash and are "extremely docile."
In a surprise decision by the Concil of Ministers, the Netherlands has committed military personnel to the international fight against Islamic State (ISIS). In a press conference early Wednesday evening, Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher and Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis announced that the Netherlands will deploy six F-16s for air strikes only in Iraq, another two F-16s to be used as backups, in addition to sending a military defence team of 250 soldiers. The Netherlands will not take part in military missions in Syria.
On Wednesday, the Council of Ministers will meet to discuss the Dutch contribution to the international struggle against ISIS.
Minister Frans Timmermans has announced that The Netherlands will be prepared to offer heavy military equipment to America's fight against IS. Timmermans emphasizes that there needs to be a direct request for this from the Americans, as well as a concrete plan, de Volkskrant reports.
The United State has deemed The Netherlands unfit to address the threat of the Islamic State (IS) in a powerful enough manner. Because of the country's hesitation to contribute heavy weaponry, The Netherlands will not be part of the so-called coalition of the willing, in which nine allies are joining forces in the fight against IS, De Volkskrant reports.
The Netherlands wants the European Union to come to stand unanimously against Russia's negligence in taking distance from pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine which is keeping tensions high in that area.
The new American ambassador in The Hague, Timothy Broas, has voiced his disapproval of Wilders and his anti-Moroccan rants.
American president Barack Obama has ordered a renewal of military action in Uganda, to try and put an end to the ongoing hunt for warlord Joseph Kony. He is wanted for trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
Geert Wilders' party doesn't seem to entirely agree with everything he has said over the last week, as several PVV members have left the party.
A British terrorism informant claims that his parents convinced him to back out of a shoe-bomb plot he was instructed to do by Al-Qaeda, Sky News reports.
Schiphol is one of the airports that has received warnings about 'shoe bombs' to flights heading for America.
Rabobank denies claims that the bank is exploring the possibility to sell a part of their American business.
The PVV wants Desi Bouterse, President of Suriname, to be placed under arrest if he attends Nelson Mandela's funeral in South Africa. The Dutch government will need the cooperation of South Africa for his arrest and extradition.
A Dutch court obstructed the extradition of a Dutch-Pakistani al-Qaeda suspect to the United States since it is uncertain if US authorities were involved in tormenting him following his arrest in 2010.