Trains to Schiphol must run during Tuesday public transit strike

Trains must continue to take passengers to and from Schiphol Airport during a national public transit strike scheduled for Tuesday, a court in the Netherlands ruled on Sunday. Though buses, subways and trams will grind to a halt, the transportation unions were ordered to ensure that at least four trains per hour will run each … Continue reading “Trains to Schiphol must run during Tuesday public transit strike”

Weekend to be cloudy and cool in Netherlands

While the Netherlands is enjoying warm sunny weather on Friday, the weekend will not be quite as pleasant. Saturday and Sunday will be cloudy and cooler, with some rain showers expected, according to Weeronline. Friday’s afternoon temperatures of up to 25 degrees will start to cool down as afternoon turns into evening, thanks to a northwesterly … Continue reading “Weekend to be cloudy and cool in Netherlands”

Sinterklaas to arrive in Apeldoorn on Nov. 16 for national party

Sinterklaas will make his national arrival to the Netherlands in Apeldoorn this year, NTR and Apeldoorn mayor Petra van Wingerden-Boers announced on Friday. The national arrival will happen on Saturday, November 16th. ​Sinterklaasjournaal, the kids’ show that follows Sinterklaas’ travels to the Netherlands, will start on Monday, November 11th. Submitted by Janene Pieters on May 24, 2019 … Continue reading “Sinterklaas to arrive in Apeldoorn on Nov. 16 for national party”

Refugees still struggling to find work in NL; incubator helping them start businesses

Refugees in the Netherlands are still struggling to find work. Only a quarter of asylum seekers who came to the Netherlands in 2014 now have a job, according to a new report by social-economic council SER. Business incubator Refugees Forward is trying to help by giving refugees the training they need to launch their own … Continue reading “Refugees still struggling to find work in NL; incubator helping them start businesses”

Anti-Zwarte Piet group lawful activists and not terrorists: Intelligence agency

Action group Kick Out Zwarte Piet filed a complaint for being listed as a terrorist group in the Netherlands’ Terrorism Threat Assessment for the year 2017. But according to the national coordinator for counter-terrorism and security NCTV, this is a “misunderstanding” and the group is not seen as a terrorist organization, NU.nl reports.Submitted by Janene … Continue reading “Anti-Zwarte Piet group lawful activists and not terrorists: Intelligence agency”

Ce qu’aurait pu être l’Algérie post-indépendance

« L’Angleterre n’a pas d’amis, elle n’a pas d’ennemis elle n’a que des intérêts permanents » Winston Churchill Ce qui se passe depuis le 22 février est à la fois porteur d’espérance mais aussi d’inquiétude Le peuple s’exprime de fort belle manière chaque vendredi. Cependant cette situation donne l’impression que jouer la montre en misant … Continue reading “Ce qu’aurait pu être l’Algérie post-indépendance”

Nexit, Nationalist issues lose favorability in the Netherlands

There was faltering support for the Netherlands to withdraw from the European Union, according to a survey of voters and non-voters in the Netherlands during the 2019 European Parliamentary elections. The poll, conducted by Ipsos for broadcaster NOS, also showed several nationalist issues falling out of favor with the Dutch public.Submitted by Zack Newmark on May … Continue reading “Nexit, Nationalist issues lose favorability in the Netherlands”

EU voter turnout in Netherlands somewhat higher than 2014

Voter turnout in the Netherlands was trending higher for the 2019 European Parliamentary elections in comparison to five years ago, with 41.2 percent of eligible voters casting a ballot on Thursday. In the last European elections, some 37.3 percent of voters went to the polls, according to exit polling by Ipsos and NOS. This is still below … Continue reading “EU voter turnout in Netherlands somewhat higher than 2014”

EU elections: Six countries seen by six experts

In advance of the 2019 elections for the European Parliament, The Conversation France asked experts from six European countries to weigh in : The Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden, as well as Norway, home to a large number of EU citizens and also a member European Economic Area. They look at how … Continue reading “EU elections: Six countries seen by six experts”

Dutch Labour big winner in EU exit polling

The PvdA, Labour party in the Netherlands, was the big winner in the elections held in the Netherlands to determine the country’s representation in the European Parliament, according to an exit poll by Ipsos. The party is expected to hold five seats of the 26 up for grabs on Thursday night, an increase of two, with … Continue reading “Dutch Labour big winner in EU exit polling”

Prosecutor to push fake bomb case against Dutch journo

The Public Prosecutor (OM) in the Netherlands plans to move forward with a case against RTL Boulevard presenter Alberto Stegeman, who is accused of sneaking past security on a military site and leaving a fake bomb in its mess hall. Stegeman defended the action, for his show Undercover in Nederland, saying that the entire act … Continue reading “Prosecutor to push fake bomb case against Dutch journo”

Amsterdam could open IJ Tunnel to bike traffic during transit strike

The city of Amsterdam could open the IJ Tunnel to bicycle traffic on Tuesday as a measure to combat the impact in the capital city of the national public transit strike. The tunnel is normally used as a throughway exclusively for motor vehicle traffic between Amsterdam Noord and Centrum.Submitted by Zack Newmark on May 23, … Continue reading “Amsterdam could open IJ Tunnel to bike traffic during transit strike”

Fewer crimes in Netherlands last year; more criminal assets seized

Like in previous years, the number of crimes registered in the Netherlands decreased last year. In 2018, 6 percent fewer crimes were registered than in 2017, the Public Prosecutor said in its annual report on Thursday. The Dutch authorities also seized over 171 million euros in criminal assets. But while the total number of registered … Continue reading “Fewer crimes in Netherlands last year; more criminal assets seized”

Photos: Dutch politicians vote in the European Parliament elections

Many Dutch politicians showed up to cast their votes in the European Parliament elections at polling stations throughout the Netherlands on Thursday. Prime Minister Mark Rutte voted at a primary school in The Hague that he used to attend. GroenLinks leader Jesse Klaver showed up to vote with his newborn strapped to his chest. FvD leader … Continue reading “Photos: Dutch politicians vote in the European Parliament elections”

Early turnout for European elections only 7 percent

At 10:30 a.m. the turnout for the European Parliament elections in the Netherlands stood at 7 percent. That is just under the initial turnouts for the previous two European Parliament elections – in 2014 the first turnout was 8 percent, and in 2009 it was 9 percent, NOS reports.Submitted by Janene Pieters on May 23, … Continue reading “Early turnout for European elections only 7 percent”

Photo released of suspect wanted in fatal Amsterdam garage shooting

The police are looking for 20-year-old Erxinio Luntungan in connection with a fatal shooting in an Amsterdam parking garage over the weekend. The police believe Luntungan was the one who fired the gunshots that killed Orpheo Gefferie, a 25-year-old father from Almere, in a parking garage on Amstelstraat on Saturday morning.Submitted by Janene Pieters on May 23, … Continue reading “Photo released of suspect wanted in fatal Amsterdam garage shooting”

“Fear mongering” and “Russia lover”: insults fly in debate between right, far right

The leaders of right-wing VVD and far-right FvD debated each other in the Rode Hoed in Amsterdam on Wednesday evening, the eve of the European Parliament elections in the Netherlands on Thursday. The sometimes fierce debate ranged from topics like leaving the euro to FvD leader Thierry Baudet’s stance on women and the last time … Continue reading ““Fear mongering” and “Russia lover”: insults fly in debate between right, far right”

Big Blow for Huawei as Japanese, Korean, British Firms Reconsider or Suspend Cooperation as Well

Huaweis’s suppliers in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan (ROC), and Britain are examining if they can continue to make business with Huawei, while some have already declared a suspension in cooperation. The issue is that these non-American companies nonetheless use some American components of technology, and if they proceed they will be sanctioned by the US … Continue reading “Big Blow for Huawei as Japanese, Korean, British Firms Reconsider or Suspend Cooperation as Well”

NIPPON Platform Has Established the Ninth Overseas Branch “NIPPON Platform OÜ” in Estonia

May 22, 2019 TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NIPPON Platform Co., Ltd. (CEO: Jun Takagi, Tokyo, Japan) established the subsidiary “NIPPON Platform OÜ” in Estonia on 8 May 2019. This is the ninth overseas branch for NIPPON Platform. “Making Japan into a cashless society” and “Revitalizing local societies and rural development with small and medium-sized retailers” are the motto … Continue reading “NIPPON Platform Has Established the Ninth Overseas Branch “NIPPON Platform OÜ” in Estonia”

Amsterdam police gives parking garage shooting suspect an ultimatum

The police in Amsterdam managed to identify the suspected gunman in a fatal shooting at a parking garage in Amsterdam over the weekend. They call on the suspect to turn himself in. If he doesn’t do so by the end of Wednesday, the police will make his identity public.Submitted by Janene Pieters on May 22, … Continue reading “Amsterdam police gives parking garage shooting suspect an ultimatum”

Jihadist spotted in A’dam debate center was intelligence service informant: report

Syrian man Abdelaziz A., who was recognized as a jihad combatant in the Amsterdam debate center De Balie in 2017, worked as an informant for Dutch intelligence and security service AIVD between 2016 and 2018, Nieuwsuur reports based on information from sources.Submitted by Janene Pieters on May 22, 2019 – 10:10

Sexual assault, harassment laws to get stricter: Justice Min

The Netherlands is implementing stricter laws around sex crimes, according to a new legislative proposal Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security announced. Under the new law you can be punished both if you know the other person did not want to have sex, and if you could have known that. When in doubt, the … Continue reading “Sexual assault, harassment laws to get stricter: Justice Min”

Thousands of kids given wrong secondary school advice after final exam

11 percent of all group 8 pupils in the Netherlands received the wrong secondary school advice after their final exams. A calculation error resulted in the final exam advice being too high, the Ministry of Education said on Tuesday. Dutch kids in group 8 get advised on what level of secondary education to follow. This … Continue reading “Thousands of kids given wrong secondary school advice after final exam”

Attack on Dutch newspaper ordered from within prison: report

Criminal Iliass K. ordered a group of criminals from within his prison cell to commit an attack on the editorial office of De Telegraaf in Amsterdam last year. He did this with the help of phones smuggled into the prison, De Telegraaf writes based on confidential documents from an investigation file around what seems to … Continue reading “Attack on Dutch newspaper ordered from within prison: report”

Domestic tourism in large Dutch cities up 54 percent since 2012

Domestic tourism in the large Dutch cities of Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht increased by 54 percent since 2012. This seems to show that Dutch are not very sensitive to the consequences of mass tourism and therefore avoiding the large cities, ABN Amro’s economic office reported on Tuesday, NU.nl reports.Submitted by Janene Pieters on … Continue reading “Domestic tourism in large Dutch cities up 54 percent since 2012”

Keukenhof attracts record 1.5 million visitors

Flower park Keukenhof in Lisse closed its doors for the year this weekend. In the 60 days it was open this year, the Netherlands’ biggest flower park attracted a record number of 1.5 million visitors, almost double the 800 thousand tickets the park sold in 2013, the Telegraaf reports.Submitted by Janene Pieters on May 21, … Continue reading “Keukenhof attracts record 1.5 million visitors”

Le 21 mai 1871 débutait la Semaine sanglante

Retour de l’ordre bourgeois dans le sang, la Semaine sanglante reste l’un des évènements les plus sombres du mouvement révolutionnaire français. Pas moins de 30 000 communard.es seront tué·e·s dans les combats et 46 835 seront fait prisonnier·e·s. En une semaine Adolphe Thiers et ses sabre-peuple décapitent Paris la Rouge. Mais si la Commune tombe, sa mémoire … Continue reading “Le 21 mai 1871 débutait la Semaine sanglante”

The Jahmek and Copperfield galleries win the 2nd Opening Award in ARCOlisboa 2019

May 20, 2019 The jury unanimous agreed to issue the award jointly to both Lisbon, 20 May 2019 –( ASIA TODAY )– The galleries Jahmek Contemporary Art, based out of Luanda, and Copperfield, from London, were the winners of the 2nd Opening Award. This prize is awarded to the best stand in the section with … Continue reading “The Jahmek and Copperfield galleries win the 2nd Opening Award in ARCOlisboa 2019”

Partial confession in explosive attack on media outlet

One of the suspects in an attack on media outlet Panorama in Amsterdam last year, partially confessed to his role in the attack. During the trial against the three suspects on Monday, 26-year-old Mike van den B. told the court that he was there when a rocket launcher was fired at the building on Teleportboulevard in … Continue reading “Partial confession in explosive attack on media outlet”

Nearly all public transit to shut down May 28; Labour supports

Regional public transit companies announced that they will join employees of NS and the city transporters in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague in a strike for a better pension system on May 28th. That means that nearly all public transit in the Netherlands will be shut down next week Tuesday, union FNV announced. Labour party PvdA … Continue reading “Nearly all public transit to shut down May 28; Labour supports”

Video: Eurovision winner Duncan Laurence greeted at Schiphol

Duncan Laurence landed at Schiphol Airport at around 4:45 p.m. on Sunday, after winning the coveted Eurovision Song Contest title for the Netherlands for the first time in 44 years with his song Arcade. He was greeted by red, white and blue balloons at the sliding doors and a crowd of screaming fans waving Dutch flags, wearing … Continue reading “Video: Eurovision winner Duncan Laurence greeted at Schiphol”

EU Election debate between right, far-right angers other parties

VVD leader Mark Rutte and Forum voor Democratie leader Thierry Baudet will face off against each other in a debate on television program Pauw on NPO on Wednesday evening. No one else is invited to participate in the debate. Other parties, particularly left-wing GroenLinks and PvdA, are annoyed that only the right and far-right will be … Continue reading “EU Election debate between right, far-right angers other parties”

[Radio] Rallier la Révolution, avec Maurizio Lazzarato

Entretien radiophonique avec Maurizio Lazzarato à propos de son livre Le Capital déteste tout le monde. Fascisme ou révolution. Re-nouer les luttes d’émancipation avec le dépassement du capitalisme, c’est l’appel de Maurizio Lazzarato dans son dernier ouvrage publié aux éditions Amsterdam, Le Capital déteste tout le monde. Fascisme ou révolution. Entretien avec Maurizio Lazzarato. Source … Continue reading “[Radio] Rallier la Révolution, avec Maurizio Lazzarato”

Donald Trump may visit Netherlands in August, Dutch PM says

American president Donald Trump will likely not visit the Netherlands next month around the international business congress in The Hague, according to Prime Minister Mark Rutte. “It looks like Trump has a full agenda then”, he said on television program WNL op Zondag. But there is a chance that Trump will come to the Netherlands for … Continue reading “Donald Trump may visit Netherlands in August, Dutch PM says”

Interest increase on study loans violates international treaty, student organizations say

Increasing the interest on student loans is contrary to an international treaty that the Netherlands signed, according to student organizations ISO and LSR. They call on Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven of Education to withdraw the legislative proposal that regulates this interest increase. If she does not, the organizations  will call on the Senate to stop it or … Continue reading “Interest increase on study loans violates international treaty, student organizations say”

Flooded streets, lightning strikes in east Netherlands

Stormy weather caused a lot of problems in the eastern parts of the Netherlands on Sunday. Streets in multiple towns flooded and a lightning strike brought train traffic between Zwolle and Olst to a halt. Lightning strikes also caused a number of small fires, RTL Nieuws reports. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for … Continue reading “Flooded streets, lightning strikes in east Netherlands”

Young father shot dead in Amsterdam garage after parking dispute

An argument at a pay terminal inside a parking garage erupted in gunfire, leaving one young man badly wounded. The man, identified by family as Orpheo Gefferie, died from his injuries at an area hospital, police said. The mother of his seven-year-old child called Gefferie “the best dad” their son could have had. “We will … Continue reading “Young father shot dead in Amsterdam garage after parking dispute”

Video: Duncan Laurence: “Dream come true” to return to Netherlands as Eurovision winner

Less than 24 hours after being crowned the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, Duncan Laurence is set to make his way back to the Netherlands on Sunday afternoon. “I cannot describe this in words. I am so happy. It is really a dream come true,” Laurence said in the press conference following his victory … Continue reading “Video: Duncan Laurence: “Dream come true” to return to Netherlands as Eurovision winner”

Man who stabbed Americans at Amsterdam train station reportedly uncooperative

Jawed S., the man suspected of stabbing two American tourists in a terrorist attack at Amsterdam Central Station last year, is only giving limited cooperation to the investigations ongoing against him, was revealed during a proforma hearing in his case on Friday, the Telegraaf reports. Submitted by Janene Pieters on May 17, 2019 – 17:40

Gangrène mafieuse et autres miasmes de l’E.U

La bête à 28 bras souffre de maladies mortelles ou transmissibles. La gangrène des mafias, la lèpre des paradis fiscaux, la tuberculose du dumping fiscal entre nations, la rougeole de l’immigration illégale, la silicose des travailleurs déplacés…On dirait Kali, la représentation terrifiante du panthéon des dieu hindou qui apparaît avec plusieurs bras, le cou ceint … Continue reading “Gangrène mafieuse et autres miasmes de l’E.U”

Netherlands, Russia resolve dispute over Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise arrests

Russia has agreed to pay 2.7 million euro to the Netherlands as part of a final settlement to end the dispute over a 2013 incident where Russian personnel boarded a Greenpeace ship. The amount is less than the 7 million originally sought by Greenpeace and the Netherlands, and half the amount awarded at arbitration.Submitted by … Continue reading “Netherlands, Russia resolve dispute over Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise arrests”

Queen Máxima works through her 48th birthday after Ethiopia visit

After a busy week that included a working trip to Africa, Queen Máxima celebrated her 48th birthday on Friday. She has been queen of the Netherlands for just over six years, after King Willem-Alexander’s mother Beatrix abdicated on April 30, 2013. The King and Queen were scheduled to attend an event on Friday commemorating 100 … Continue reading “Queen Máxima works through her 48th birthday after Ethiopia visit”

Dutch tighten breast implant policy amid cancer danger

The Netherlands will not ban breast implants with a rough surface amid concerns that they may increase the risk of a rare form of lymph node cancer. But the Dutch government will tighten the rules for the use of implants in breast reconstruction and breast enlargements in an effort to make sure that all women … Continue reading “Dutch tighten breast implant policy amid cancer danger”