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Sunday, August 31, 2014


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Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte has described Russia’s latest moves in Ukraine as ‘extremely worrying’ as claims emerge the Netherlands is to join a 10,000 strong Nato mission to halt Putin's expansionism.
Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem may lose his role as chairman of the influential Euro group after one term in office, Dutch media reported at the weekend.
Officials have cancelled the passports of two couples from Huizen in Noord-Holland and taken their children into care because of fears they were planning to head to Syria, officials said on Saturday.
Coalition MPs oppose foreign travel register in anti-jihad plan
MPs from the ruling VVD and Labour parties are opposed to the cabinet’s plans to keep records of the entire population’s travel movements as part of a package of measures to stop radical Muslims going abroad to fight.
Students welcome end of lotteries for popular university courses
Student unions have welcomed the government’s decision to phase out lotteries when deciding which students should be admitted to popular courses.
Chanel International buys Amsterdam office block
French fashion house Chanel has spent almost €45m on a new European headquarters in Amsterdam’s Zuidas business district.
Amsterdammers break Airbnb rules: long lets with too many people
Amsterdammers are flouting the city council’s rules for letting their homes via Airbnb, the Volkskrant reported at the weekend.
Daley Blind heads for Manchester United, €17.5m sale agreed
Amsterdam football club Ajax has reached agreement with Manchester United on the sale of 24-year old versatile midfielder and defender Daley Blind for €17.5m.
PSV, Feyenoord find out their Europa League opponents
PSV Eindhoven will face Greek club Panathinaikos, Portugal’s Estoril Praia and Dinamo Moscow in the group phase of the Europa League.
Dutch government outlines plans to tackle jihadis, radicalisation
Dutch ministers on Friday agreed a package of measures to combat the growth of Muslim radicalisation and stop youngsters travelling abroad to take part in jihad, or holy war.
Labour MP Mariëtte Hamer to chair SER advisory council
Labour parliamentarian Mariëtte Hamer has been named chairwoman of the government’s advisory body SER, replacing Wiebe Draijer who has gone to Rabobank.
PSV and Feyenoord progress to Europa League group phase
PSV Eindhoven and Rotterdam club Feyenoord will take part in the group phase of the Europa League after winning their final qualifying matches on Thursday evening.
Dutch supermarkets move to ban sweets from check-outs
Three big Dutch supermarket chains are working on plans to stop placing sweets and chocolate close to their cash registers in an effort to stimulate last-thought buys.
More people are claiming welfare benefits, despite recovery signs
The number of people claiming welfare benefits continues to rise, despite improvements in the jobs market, the national statistics office CBS said on Friday.
Volunteer firemen arrested for Limburg arson
Three members of the volunteer fire brigade in the Limburg village of Onderbanken have been arrested for arson, local broadcaster L1 said on Friday.
Incestuous fishermen, arrogant schmucks: Dutch stereotypes
A guide to Dutch stereotypes – in English and drawn up by a Dutchman – is proving a big internet draw even though designer VictorVan says himself ‘this is no hard science (or whatever form of science, for that matter)'.
More people have money troubles, 'worrying trend' says debt register
There has been a 19,000 increase in the number of people with problems paying their bills over the past six months, according to the credit registration agency BKR.
Dutch firms trials robot hawks to chase off gulls and protect crops
A Dutch company is developing robot birds to protect crops and chase away other birds, the Volkskrant reports on Thursday.
Three arrested for recruiting people to fight in Syria and Iraq
A 32-year-old man and 24-year-old woman from The Hague have been arrested for trying to recruit people to fight in Syria and Iraq, police said on Thursday.
Archbishop Tutu urges Dutch pension fund to pull out of Israeli banks
South Africa’s archbishop Desmond Tutu has urged civil service pension fund ABP to stop investing in three Israeli banks and ‘strike a powerful, non-violent blow for peace in the Middle East’.
Rijksmuseum puts up ticket prices almost 17%
Despite having a record number of visitors – 2.2 million in the eight months to end December following its reopening, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is putting up its ticket price by €2.50 to €17.50.
Dutch raise German road toll plan with Brussels, citing discrimination
Transport minister Melania Schultz has asked to European Commission to investigate if Germany’s plans to introduce road tolls for foreigners break EU rules.
Deadly bee larvae disease in Zuidlaren
A highly infectious disease has been found in a honey bee colony in the Drenthe village of Zuidlaren.
Tax cut on home renovations set to continue into 2015
The lower value added tax rate on home extensions and renovations, and garden maintenance will continue for a further six months, sources in The Hague have told current affairs show Nieuwsuur.
More empty shops in Dutch high streets, but big cities doing well
The number of empty shops in the Netherlands grew by 1,000 in the first six months of this year, taking the total to 16,300.
Free water a condition for festival licences: Amsterdam
Amsterdam city council will only grant licences to festival organisers if they guarantee festival goers will have unlimited access to free tap water to fill up their water bottles, the Parool reports on Wednesday.

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