Civic leaders in the Netherlands met in Amsterdam Sunday to commemorate the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps. An estimated 1.1 million people died at the site in Poland, ground which the Red Army took control of on January 27, 1945.
Even after calls from King Willem-Alexander, Dutch citizen Ang Kiem Soei was executed at roughly 12:30 a.m. Sunday (local time) in Indonesia. Soei, from Utrecht but born in Papua, was killed by a firing squad.
January 27 marks the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of prisoners from the Nazi’s Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and extermination facility. Dutch King Willem-Alexander, his wife, Queen Máxima and Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte will travel to Poland for a ceremony marking the anniversary, the government confirms in a statement.
The National Military Museum, designed by Rem Koolhaas, was opened by King William-Alexander on Thursday. The museum was erected in Soesterberg, Utrecht where the former Royal Netherlands Airbase stood since 1913. The museum unifies the collections of the Army Museum in Delft, which closed its doors for the last time two years ago, and the Military Aviation Museum.
The national memorial held in honour of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was viewed on television by 937,000 people, television ratings agency Kijkonderzoek said Tuesday. The memorial was held Monday afternoon in Amsterdam, and was attended by King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and Princess Beatrix.
Flags across the Netherlands will be lowered to half-staff on Monday morning in advance of the country’s national memorial ceremony for the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 later that afternoon. The commemoration at the RAI convention center in Amsterdam begins at 1 p.m., before Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte takes the stage to speak on behalf of the nation.
While visiting the company’s headquarters in Shenzhen, China, Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan signed a deal with telecom giant Huawei to bring them onboard the Amsterdam smart city project, a city spokesman told the NL Times. The visit also included Amsterdam ArenA chief Henk Markerink, who agreed to a five-year deal using Huawei LTE and WIFI for stadium connectivity, the company said.
King Willem-Alexander will knight Major Gijs Tuinman later this year, making him a member of the Military Order of Willem fourth class, the office of the Dutch king announced today. The country’s highest honour will be given to Major Tuinman in a December 4 ceremony at the Binnenhof government complex in the Hague.
A collection of a high-up political officials including the prime minister and finance minister make frequent use of the Dutch royal family's government-owned aircraft following a ban on politicians' use of private jets. Ministers and State Secretaries have used the flight, a Fokker 70 designated as PH-KBX, twice as often as members of the royal family, according to a report in AD.
The Dutch King and Queen visited Oranje in the locker room after their 3-2 victory against Australia. "They are so proud of us and they really enjoyed the game, even though the match against Australia was tougher than the one against Spain last week,” said Dutch right winger Arjen Robben after their visit.
Willem II's illustrious art collection will be opened today by his descendant, Willem-Alexander in Dordrecht.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday at Sochi, and used the opportunity to discuss gay rights in Russia.
NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen met with Prime-Minister Mark Rutte and King Willem-Alexander in The Hague, Thursday. Rasmussen urges the Netherlands to increase its defense budget again.
The round-up of some of this year’s most noteworthy events and news stories.
The round-up of some of this week's most noteworthy events and news stories features Sint Maarten battling mosquitos that spread the Chikungunya virus, the Dutch economy making a sharp fall, King Willem-Alexander's first Christmas speech, the sale of 100 Leopard tanks to Finland, the new record by "Serious Request" after being locked up in the Glass House, and a major storm that misses most of the Netherlands.
King William I, the first king Oranje, had a second illegitimate family with four children.
The government expects 58 world leaders, 5,000 officials and 3,000 journalists coming spring in The Hague. They will all partake in the Third Nuclear Security Summit (NSS): an international summit on combating nuclear terrorism.
The Argentine journalist, Camilo Martín Garcia, responded Thursday for the first time to his arrest in Aruba a day earlier when he tried to approach Queen Máxima during the music festival in honor of the royal visit.
King Willem-Alexander unexpectedly spoke to protesters during his introductory tour of Bonaire. Just outside the capital Kralendijk a group Bonaireans stood with banners, expressing the desire for a new referendum on the status of the island
In Russia, a Moscow district court sentenced to jail two protesters who threw tomatoes at King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.
Russian police have arrested two protesters who threw tomatoes at King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.
The round-up of some of this week’s most noteworthy events and news stories features: two mechanics killed in a fire in a wind turbine, the Filipino Sweety attracts a thousand child molesters, an F-16 damages a control tower, eight police officers injured by soccer fans, Labour support for F-35 purchases, and the permanent Body World's exhibition.
On the day of the visit of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima a spokesperson for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs blamed the Netherlands for the arrests of Greenpeace activists