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Invitation to special birthday dinner from Dutch king

20 February 2017 | 0 comments

Is your birthday on April 27? Do you celebrate a special birthday this year? Do you live in The Netherlands? If so, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander would like to invite you to dinner. The royal palace...

New salary ceiling for public tv presenters, healthcare staff

20 February 2017 | 0 comments

Presenters on Dutch public broadcasting channels are to face the same salary restrictions as other public sector workers and earn no more than €181,000 a year, ministers have decided.

Campaign trail: healthcare, GroenLinks under fire and Moroccan scum

20 February 2017 | 0 comments

The Dutch will elect a new government in 23 days time and campaigning is well under way. Here’s a round-up of the weekend’s election news.

Dutch adults pay €700 a year in extra healthcare costs

20 February 2017 | 0 comments

The average Dutch adult spent an additional €711 on healthcare in 2015, on top of the cost of his or her healthcare premiums of around €1,200, the national statistics office CBS said on Friday.

Heavy traffic on roads to the ski slopes forecast as half term begins

20 February 2017 | 0 comments

The half-term holidays begin in the north of the country on Friday and people heading for the ski slopes are being warned of heavy traffic on roads to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland.

Wilders calls Moroccans 'scum' at Dutch vote launch

18 February 2017 | 0 comments

Firebrand Dutch anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders launched his election campaign Saturday with a stinging attack on the country's Moroccan population, calling them "scum" and saying he wanted to make The Netherlands...

Dutch PM says country 'better off' ahead of crunch polls

17 February 2017 | 0 comments

Just weeks before elections, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Friday pressed his bid for a third term insisting The Netherlands is better off today than when his coalition took power in 2012. The Dutch...

Kraft to pursue Unilever after $143 bn bid spurned

17 February 2017 | 0 comments

Kraft Heinz signaled Friday it will press ahead with a campaign to acquire Dutch-British consumer products giant Unilever after an initial bid worth about $143 billion was spurned.A deal would create...

Dutch creator of Miffy the rabbit dies at 89

17 February 2017 | 0 comments

Dutch artist and illustrator Dick Bruna, creator of beloved children's character Miffy the white rabbit, has died aged 89, his publishing house said Friday.The author, who penned 124 picture books during...

Dutch paedophile jailed in Cambodia after years of abuse

17 February 2017 | 0 comments

A Dutch paedophile has been jailed in Cambodia for five years for sexually abusing children over a decade, after several police probes failed to stop his predatory crimes. Sebastian Reuyl, 44, was sentenced...

Kraft says Unilever rejected merger offer

17 February 2017 | 0 comments

Kraft Heinz said Friday it had made an offer to Dutch giant Unilever to merge both companies, creating a leading consumer goods company, but was rejected.Despite being turned down, the US company would...

Kraft merger bid 'fundamentally undervalues' firm: Unilever

17 February 2017 | 0 comments

An offer by giant US food and beverage company Kraft Heinz to merge with Unilever was snubbed because it "fundamentally undervalues" its Dutch rival, Unilever said Friday.The Rotterdam-based group said...

Amsterdam to centralise control of its seven borough councils

17 February 2017 | 0 comments

Amsterdam city council has voted in favour of abolishing the city’s seven administrative committees, the elected bodies which replaced the borough councils in 2014.

Mandatory Zwarte Piet blackface proposal rejected by MPs

17 February 2017 | 1 comment

Dutch MPs have rejected a proposal by the extreme-right PVV to mandate that Zwarte Piet has a completely blacked-up face, reports the Telegraaf.

Immigrants need better Dutch and a job to be officially integrated: VVD

17 February 2017 | 0 comments

The ruling VVD party wants to introduce tougher rules for new immigrants which would require them to speak Dutch and have a paid or unpaid job before they are considered to have passed their integration exams.



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