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Wednesday July 23 has been designated an official day of mourning to remember those who died on flight MH17, prime minister Mark Rutte has announced.
The EU will widen its sanctions against Russia to include more individuals and may target the defence sector, Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans is quoted as saying following a meeting of EU ministers on Tuesday.
In total, 12,000 people have applied for asylum in the Netherlands in the first six months of this year, the highest figure since 2001, the national statistics office CBS said on Tuesday.

First Ukraine air crash victims expected in NL on Wednesday
The first plane carrying victims of the MH17 air disaster in Ukraine will hopefully arrive back in the Netherlands on Wednesday, prime minister Mark Rutte has told reporters.

Dick Advocaat to coach Serbia's national football team
Dutch football coach Dick Advocaat is joining Serbia from August 1 with the task of ensuring the Serbians qualify for the European Cup in France in 2016.

Court rejects ban on second hand e-book sales, refers to Europe
A court in Amsterdam has rejected calls from Dutch book publishers to stop the sale of second hand e-books via an injunction.

Dutch unions go to court over pre-packed shrimp firm bankruptcy
Trade unions are going to court over the bankruptcy and restart of shrimp company Heiploeg in an effort to preserve worker pay and conditions.

'A political game with bodies': Dutch foreign minister on MH17 at UN
Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans has made a very strongly worded statement to the United Nations Security Council in New York about the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine and the death of 298 people.

It is time for the Netherlands to man up to Russia: NRC
The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 marks the moment for the Dutch to finally stop ‘cuddling’ Russia, Bas Heijne writes in the NRC.

Air disaster has left a 'deep wound' in Dutch society, says king
King Willem-Alexander has spoken of his sorrow at the death of so many Dutch nationals in last week's air disaster in Ukraine.

Five firms fined €3m for illegally employing Romanians
Five companies have been fined a total of €3m by government inspectors for illegally employing Romanian nationals on two shipbuilding projects.

Ukraine crash: Dutch media call for sanctions against Russia
Five days have passed since Malaysian airline flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine, killing 193 Dutch nationals. Here is a round-up of the latest media comment.

House prices rise for third month in a row
House prices have risen for the third month in a row and are now back at 2003 levels, the national statistics office CBS said on Monday.

Amsterdam entrepreneurs call for return of bike tax
A group of Amsterdam employers are calling for the reintroduction of a bicycle tax to help pay for bike facilities such as new parking spaces, Metro reports on Monday.

Second quarter earnings, sales down at Philips
Electronics giant Philips booked a drop in net profit and sales in the second quarter of 2014, the company said on Monday.

'Zuidas link to Russian missile maker likely behind MH17 crash'
The maker of the missile which probably brought down Malaysian Airways flight MH17, killing 298 people, is based in Amsterdam’s Zuidas business district, according to investigators at business website 925.nl.

Public sector pays millions of euros to departing executives
Golden handshakes to top officials cost the public and semi-public sector millions of euros last year, the Volkskrant says on Monday.

Former finance minister De Jager to take over CFO's job at KPN
Former finance minister Jan Kees de Jager is to be the new chief financial officer at telecoms group KPN.

Dutch forensic experts arrive in Ukraine, parents plead for bodies return
Three Dutch forensic experts have arrived in Donetsk, in Ukraine and will travel later today to Torez to inspect the refrigerated trains where bodies from Malaysia Airways flight MH17 are being stored.

Dutch foreign minister lobbies UN for help to get crash bodies home
Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans is in New York on Monday to gather UN support for a united international approach to bringing the bodies of those killed in the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash back from Ukraine.

'We have one aim, to get our people back,' Dutch prime minister says
The Netherlands will take the lead in identifying victims of flight MH17, brought down over Ukraine with the loss of 298 lives, prime minister Mark Rutte told a news conference on Sunday.

Dutch MPs return from break to discuss MH17 crash, Russia's role
Emergency workers at the site of Thursday’s air crash in Ukraine in which 193 Dutch nationals died say they have recovered 196 bodies so far.

Furious Dutch prime minister tells Putin to exert his influence
Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte has described as 'disgusting' pictures of Ukraine rebels digging through the possessions of people killed in the Malaysia plane crash disaster.

Pro-Russia rebels destroying plane crash evidence, Ukraine claims
Ukraine is accusing pro-Russian rebels of trying to destroy evidence at the site of Thursday's plane crash, which left 298 people dead, including 192 Dutch nationals.

Ukraine crash: Dutch editorials divided on prime minister's approach
Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte has refused to point the finger of blame at anyone in the wake of Thursday's Ukraine plane crash. Newspaper leader writers have different ideas.

Independent, international crash probe essential, says Dutch PM
The Netherlands will not rest until those responsible for the Malaysian Airlines crash are brought to justice, Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte said on Friday.




 
 
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