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    • PM to set out departure plans today May 24, 2019
      Prime Minister Theresa May is expected today to set out her plans to step down as the leader of the Conservative party on the week of 10 June, according to the Financial Times and the BBC. May is due to meet Chairman of the 1922 Committee of Conservative backbenchers, Sir Graham Brady, at 9 am this […]
    • What to watch out for in the EU27 as Europe votes May 24, 2019
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    • Leader of the House of Commons resigns over PM’s ‘new Brexit deal’ May 23, 2019
      The Leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, yesterday resigned from the Government, saying she did not believe that "we will be a truly sovereign United Kingdom through the [Brexit] deal that is now proposed" and that the Prime Minister's 'new Brexit deal' approach "will deliver on the [2016] referendum result." In her resignation letter, […]
    • Divisions in Italian government become more visible ahead of European elections May 23, 2019
      Ahead of European Parliament elections, Open Europe's Anna Nadibaidze explores the recent tensions within the Italian coalition government, both over European and domestic issues. The post Divisions in Italian government become more visible ahead of European elections appeared first on Open Europe.
    • Theresa May: Withdrawal Agreement Bill is a ‘new Brexit deal’ May 22, 2019
      In a speech yesterday, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which MPs will vote on in June, will represent “a new Brexit deal,” which would make a “ten-point offer to everyone in Parliament who wants to deliver the result of the referendum.” The deal includes a commitment to seek to replace […]
    • The CDU after Merkel and Germany’s future in the EU May 21, 2019
      Appearing on TRT World's The Newsmakers programme on 17 May, Open Europe's Zoe Alipranti discusses the future of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party and the role of Germany in the EU. The post The CDU after Merkel and Germany’s future in the EU appeared first on Open Europe.
    • Cohesiveness between Eurosceptic parties is not guaranteed May 21, 2019
      Appearing on Al Jazeera English on 18 May, Open Europe's Anna Nadibaidze discusses the prospects for Eurosceptic parties in the 2019 European Parliamentary elections. The post Cohesiveness between Eurosceptic parties is not guaranteed appeared first on Open Europe.
    • Cabinet to discuss merits of “definitive votes” on Brexit options May 21, 2019
      The Prime Minister, Theresa May, will chair a meeting of the Cabinet this morning, where ministers are expected to consider the merits of holding “definitive votes” on different Brexit outcomes. The Cabinet is also expected to discuss details of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, and consider whether the Government should accept the Labour Party's demands on […]
    • May promises “new and improved” Brexit Bill next month May 20, 2019
      Prime Minister Theresa May has promised a “new and improved” Withdrawal Agreement Bill for next month, which is to include “proposals for alignment with EU standards on workers’ rights” and environmental protection. Writing for the Sunday Times she said, “When the Withdrawal Agreement Bill comes before MPs, it will represent a new, bold offer to […]
    • Migration dominates the general election in Denmark May 20, 2019
      Denmark is set for a general election on 5 June, and the current Government is estimated to lose its majority to the opposition by a landslide. Open Europe’s Marcus Cadier outlines the Danish political landscape, where the migration issue is as salient as ever. The post Migration dominates the general election in Denmark appeared first […]

Dutch News

DUTCH NATIONAL NEWS

(source: NLtimes)
Flyer for a protest against police brutality following the dath of Paul Selier in police custody, February 2018
FEB 21 ’18 08:28

Paul Selier, a 39-year-old man who died after being arrested in Waddinxveen early this month, had cocaine in his blood. What influence the drug had on his death, is not yet clear, a spokesperson for the Public Prosecution Service said to NU.nl.

Exactly how much cocaine Selier had in his system, and when he had taken the drugs, is . The cause of the Hague car dealer’s death is also still unclear.

Robert Mueller
FEB 21 ’18 08:09

Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwaan admitted to lying to the team investigating possible Russian interference in the United States presidential elections in 2016, led by American special prosecutor Robert Mueller. Mueller charged Van de Zwaan with lying to the FBI in the investigation, and he pled guilty on Tuesday, the Washington Post reports.

FEB 21 ’18 07:19

Multiple people were injured in a fire in an apartment building in Rotterdam during the early hours of Wednesday morning. A total of 13 people were treated for smoke inhalation, 11 of which were taken to hospital, AD reports.

The building in question is assisted living location Roobrughof. It houses young people with psychological problems.

The fire started in a meter cupboard on the third floor of the five story building. When fire fighters arrived, a container on the ground floor also turned out to be on fire.

Arrest
FEB 21 ’18 09:55

A 30-year-old man from ‘s-Hertogenbosch was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of  on February 12th. He is also suspected of assaulting a 4-year-old boy in ‘s-Hertogenbosch two days earlier, the police said in a statement on Wednesday.

Kasja Ollongren
FEB 21 ’18 09:40

Despite fierce resistance from opposition parties, a narrow majority in the Tweede Kamer supports the government’s plan to abolish the advisory referendum. There will also be no referendum on this abolishment, AD reports.

CPR training
FEB 21 ’18 08:48

A massive 58 percent of Dutch people are unwilling to resuscitate someone they don’t know, the Red Cross announced based on a study by Kantar Public. The aid organization calls this worrying, NU.nl reports.

Less than a third of Dutch that don’t have first aid experience are willing to use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) to resuscitate someone. That percentage is much higher among Dutch with first aid experience – 75 percent.

Flyer for a protest against police brutality following the dath of Paul Selier in police custody, February 2018
FEB 21 ’18 08:28

Paul Selier, a 39-year-old man who died after being arrested in Waddinxveen early this month, had cocaine in his blood. What influence the drug had on his death, is not yet clear, a spokesperson for the Public Prosecution Service said to NU.nl.

Exactly how much cocaine Selier had in his system, and when he had taken the drugs, is . The cause of the Hague car dealer’s death is also still unclear.

Robert Mueller
FEB 21 ’18 08:09

Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwaan admitted to lying to the team investigating possible Russian interference in the United States presidential elections in 2016, led by American special prosecutor Robert Mueller. Mueller charged Van de Zwaan with lying to the FBI in the investigation, and he pled guilty on Tuesday, the Washington Post reports.

FEB 21 ’18 07:19

Multiple people were injured in a fire in an apartment building in Rotterdam during the early hours of Wednesday morning. A total of 13 people were treated for smoke inhalation, 11 of which were taken to hospital, AD reports.

The building in question is assisted living location Roobrughof. It houses young people with psychological problems.

The fire started in a meter cupboard on the third floor of the five story building. When fire fighters arrived, a container on the ground floor also turned out to be on fire.

Lady Justice in Antwerp; one of few statues in which the lady is not blindfolded
FEB 20 ’18 17:40

The Supreme Court upheld a 16 years prison sentence against Utrecht serial rapist Gerard T. This is the third ruling and final ruling in this case. There is sufficient evidence to convict the 55-year-old man for violently raping four young women in Utrecht, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday, NU.nl reports.

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FEB 20 ’18 17:00

The police arrested a 17-year-old girl from Ingen in Gelderland on suspicion of involvement in a violent home invasion and assault in Lienden last year.

On January 26th, 2017 two men and a woman forced their way into the home of an elderly couple on Hofstede in Lienden. One resident was attacked with pepper spray and badly beaten. The perpetrators left without stealing anything.

BlockShow Europe 2018
FEB 20 ’18 16:20

Amsterdam will be the host city of a blockchain meetup event in the run-up to the BlockShow Europe conference that will be held in Berlin in May. The Amsterdam BlockShow MeetUp will be held in the The Warehouse on Generaal Vetterstraat on March 29th.

man-wordt-geboeid-afgevoerd arrest
FEB 20 ’18 15:40

Three men from Amsterdam were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the assassination of Ali Motamed in Almere in December 2015, the police announced in a statement.

Tesla Roadster
FEB 20 ’18 15:10

Tesla opened deposit payments for the Netherlands for the new Tesla Roadster. The Roadster II comes in two edition, the normal Roadster II or the Founders edition. The Founders edition carries a price tag of 215 thousand euros, the basic series costs 43 thousand euros, Autobahn reports.

The Roadster II can go from zero to 100 kilometers per hour in 2.1 seconds, and has a top speed of above 400 kilometers per hour. Tesla also claims that the Roadster II can travel 1 thousand kilometers on one charge and has a torque of 10 thousand Newton meters.

Ruud Lubbers
FEB 20 ’18 14:30

A few hundred Dutch flooded to the Laurentius- and Elisabeth cathedral in Rotterdam on Monday to say goodbye to former Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers, who , NOS reports.

Lubbers’ coffin was placed in a sea of flowers and some candles. Hundreds of people walked past the coffin to say farewell, and signed the condolence register.

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FEB 20 ’18 13:50

After a large, pilots working for KLM are also considering labor actions. Pilots’ union VNV expects to make a decision on this matter by the end of next month, union chairman Arthur van den Hudding said to ANP.

2018 Winter Olympics medal
FEB 20 ’18 13:10

The Netherlands’ women short track skating team won bronze in the relay at the Winter Olympics in South Korea on Tuesday. The Dutch team won the B-final, but still managed to snatch bronze in the A-final due to Canada and China being disqualified, NOS reports.

The team consisted of Jorien ter Mors, Yara van Kerkhof, Suzanne Shculting and Lara van Ruijven. They broke a world record in the B-final wit a time of 4:03:471, according to the broadcaster.

FEB 20 ’18 12:30

The Dutch police identified 93 suspects using facial recognition system Catch last year, tech site Tweakers reports.

Eurostar train along a field of tulips
FEB 20 ’18 11:50

The first high-speed Eurostar train carrying passengers will travel from London to Amsterdam Central Station on Tuesday. These passengers involve people specially invited to herald the official start of the high speed train between London, Amsterdam and Rotterdam on April 4th, the Telegraaf reports.

FEB 20 ’18 11:10

Several children in the Gelderland village of Kootwijkerbroek were confronted by a killer clown, who is sometimes naked, over the past days. A number of schools in the neighborhood warned parents not to let their children walk to school or home alone, according to Omroep Gelderland.

The police are aware of the clown, a spokesperson told Barneveldse Krant. “We are taking it seriously and will therefore also investigate it”, the spokesperson said on Monday. “I can not yet say what the state of affairs is at the moment.”

Ice skating on the Haterse Vennen, 22 Jan 2017
FEB 20 ’18 10:30

The Netherlands is in for icy cold weather from the weekend, Weeronline expects. From Friday night, minimum temperatures will drop to between -5 and -8 degrees Celsius in large parts of the country. After the weekend some places may even see nighttime temperatures below -10.

Freezing air blown in from Siberia by a fairly strong east to northeasterly wind will turn the current cold nighttime temperatures to freezing by the weekend, according to the weather servuce. This can cause minimums as low as -12 degrees on Monday and Tuesday, with windchill dropping that to -15 degrees.

Hologram of Lilian Marijnissen at the start of the SP municipal elections campaign in Nijmegen, Zwolle, Breda and Haarlem, 19 Feb 2018
FEB 20 ’18 09:51

Socialist party SP kicked off their campaign for the municipal elections on Monday with party leader Lilian Marijnissen appearing as a hologram at gatherings in Haarlem, Breda, Nijmegen and Zwolle at the same time.

Bundled up bikers entering the Rijksmuseum tunnel under their billboard celebrating the winter season, Amsterdam 7 February 2018
FEB 20 ’18 09:16

Dutch municipalities should pay more attention to the safety of cyclists, according to travelers’ association ANWB. Cyclists’ safety can be improved by, among other things, implementing more restrictive measures on car traffic in the big cities, ANWB director Frits van Bruggen said to newspaper AD.

A recent survey among 22 thousand ANWB members showed that 27 percent feel unsafe on the bicycle. In Amsterdam that is even 44 percent. That’s very high, according to Van Bruggen.

C&A
FEB 20 ’18 08:59

Prisoners in China are used to make clothes for famous clothing brands like C&A and H&M, British former journalist and business researcher Peter Humphrey wrote in the Financial Times over the weekend. C&A launched an investigation to find out whether this is true, the company said to NOS.

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FEB 20 ’18 08:39

Amsterdam’s approach to radicalization and the city’s radicalization department are failing, and that can partly be attributed to the attitude of late mayor Eberhard van der Laan, is shown in two investigations launched after the .

Crime scene tape
FEB 20 ’18 07:55

The body of a woman was found in a home on Kraaijenbergstraat in Hattem on Monday evening. The police believe she was killed in a crime. A man was arrested in the home on suspicion of involvement in the woman’s death, the Gelderland police said on Twitter.

No details were released about the identity of the victim or the suspect. The police also didn’t say how the woman died, or whether she and the man knew each other.

The police closed down the home for forensic investigation. According to NOS, police officers also spoke to local residents.

gele-politiejas
FEB 20 ’18 07:42

Dutch detectives are struggling under a massive workload and as a result can only get to a fraction of their tasks, police union NPB says in a new report that will be sent to the Tweede Kamer on Tuesday. The Netherlands is turning into a “narco state” where drug trafficking thrives and most criminal groups are left undisturbed, the union warns in the report that NOS has in its position.

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