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Global Europe 30-03-2022

Belgium expels 21 Russian diplomats, Netherlands another 17

Several European Union countries including Belgium, the Netherlands and Ireland on Tuesday (29 March) expelled dozens of Russian diplomats, some for alleged spying, in what the Irish prime minister said was a coordinated move.
Energy 24-03-2022

Support grows for reopening Dutch gas taps amid supply crisis

An increasing number of people and industry experts in the Netherlands are in favour of producing more gas from the country’s huge but depleting Groningen gas field amid growing concerns about a Europe-wide energy supply crunch

Dutch government sworn in with focus on climate

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's fourth successive coalition government will be sworn in Monday a record 10 months after elections, with pledges to spend big on climate change and coronavirus.
Politics 03-01-2022

Dutch police disperse anti-lockdown protesters in Amsterdam

Riot police with batons and shields broke up a crowd of several thousand who had gathered in Amsterdam on Sunday (2 January) to protest against COVID-19 lockdown measures and vaccinations.
Technology 24-12-2021

Apple’s App Store broke competition laws, Dutch watchdog says

The Netherlands' top competition regulator on Friday said Apple Inc broke the country's competition laws and ordered changes to the iPhone maker's App Store payment policies.
Global Europe 22-12-2021

Prosecutors seek life sentences in Dutch murder trial over flight MH17

Dutch prosecutors on Wednesday (22 December) demanded life sentences for three Russians and a Ukrainian charged with shooting down a passenger jet over Ukraine in 2014, killing 298 people.
Health 23-11-2021

‘Jabbed, cured or dead’, Germany warns as Europe battles COVID surge

Germans faced the stark warning Monday (22 November) that they would be either "vaccinated, cured or dead" from Covid by the end of winter, while Austria returned to a partial lockdown as Europe battles a fourth wave of the pandemic.
Health 12-11-2021

Dutch consider new partial lockdown as coronavirus cases hit record

The Dutch government on Thursday (11 November) was considering whether to impose Western Europe's first partial lockdown since the summer, as new coronavirus cases jumped to the highest level since the start of the pandemic.
Global Europe 08-10-2021

UN ends Yemen war crimes probe in defeat for Western states

Bahrain, Russia and other members of the UN Human Rights Council pushed through a vote to shut down the body's war crimes investigations in Yemen, in a stinging defeat for Western states who sought to keep the mission going.
Economy & Jobs 20-09-2021

MEP Freund: Von der Leyen, EPP still shielding Bulgaria’s ex-PM Borissov

In an exclusive interview, MEP Daniel Freund tells about his recent visit to Bulgaria, revealing the frustrations of the caretaker government which did not receive support from the EU Commission in its efforts to tackle money-laundering.
Global Europe 08-09-2021

Belgium, Netherlands major cocaine hubs: Europol

Belgium and the Netherlands have become major hubs for cocaine trafficking into Europe, overtaking Spain as the primary smuggling route, the EU's policing agency said Tuesday (7 September).
Energy 18-08-2021

EU solar power generation hits record high

Solar power supply in the European Union during June and July rose to a record high in 2021, accounting for 10% of total electricity produced in the region, a report by independent climate think-tank Ember said on Wednesday (18 August).
Media 15-07-2021

Dutch crime reporter De Vries dies after being shot in street

Celebrity Dutch crime reporter Peter R. de Vries has died after being shot in a busy Amsterdam street, his family and his employer RTL Netherlands said, prompting an outpouring of grief and anger at home and abroad.
Economy & Jobs 02-06-2021

EU reaches deal on tax transparency for multinational firms

European Union government and parliament negotiators reached a deal on rules that will force large multinational companies to disclose how much revenue and tax they pay and how much in countries considered tax havens by the EU.

Dutch government grants €2 billion in subsidies to huge carbon storage project

The Dutch government has granted a consortium that includes oil majors Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil around €2 billion in subsidies for what is set to become one of the largest carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects in the world.
Economy & Jobs 27-04-2021

Dutch surprise rivals in race for Brexit stock market spoils

In the race for business lost by the City of London because of Brexit, Amsterdam's stock market has surprised European rivals by carving out the biggest slice so far.
Economy & Jobs 24-03-2021

EU to tighten export rules to stop one-way flow of vaccines

The European Commission will tighten its export guidelines on Wednesday (24 March) to prevent what it sees as an unfair one-way flow of vaccines, according to a draft seen by AFP.
Health 15-03-2021

Problems pile up on AstraZeneca as Irish, Dutch halt shots

Ireland and the Netherlands on Sunday (14 March) became the latest countries to suspend their rollouts of the AstraZeneca vaccine over concerns about post-jab blood clots despite the firm insisting there was no risk.

European police pounce after cracking encrypted phone network

Police said Wednesday (10 March) they had arrested at least 80 people and carried out hundreds of raids in two European countries after shutting down an encrypted phone network used by organised crime groups.

UAE now among world’s top ten tax havens

The UAE has entered the world's top ten tax havens for the first time, research showed Tuesday (9 March), in a report flagging OECD nations and their dependencies for more than two-thirds of "global corporate tax abuse".
China 26-02-2021

Dutch parliament: China’s treatment of Uighurs is genocide

The Dutch parliament on Thursday (25 February) passed a non-binding motion saying the treatment of the Uighur Muslim minority in China amounts to genocide, the first such move by a European country.
The Digital Markets Act proposals will see so-called certain large platforms prohibited from engaging in practices deemed to be of the detriment to “contestability and fairness” in online markets.
Technology 17-02-2021

Don’t ignore platforms ‘combining services’ in Digital Markets Act, Netherlands says

More attention should be paid to whether platforms offer an 'ecosystem' of many different services, in terms of designating them as so-called 'gatekeeper platforms' and therefore coming under the scope of the proposed Digital Markets Act (DMA) rules, says a position paper published by the Dutch government.
Politics 17-02-2021

Dutch coronavirus curfew upheld temporarily after legal setback

Appellate judges ruled on Tuesday (16 February) that a night-time curfew would remain in place in the Netherlands pending a government appeal of a lower-court ruling that found the measure lacked legal justification.
Coronavirus 26-01-2021

Global pandemic: Second night of Netherlands violence, Biden touts herd immunity

The Netherlands has been hit by a second night of riots, as coronavirus curfew frustrations boiled over, even as President Joe Biden said herd immunity could be achieved this year.