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The director of the American chamber of commerce in the Netherlands says the relocation of coffee chain Starbucks' European headquarters from Amsterdam to London is a wake-up call for Dutch politicians.
Dutch pharmacists sometimes refuse to provide the drugs needed by people who have chosen to end their lives through euthanasia, the NRC reports on Wednesday.
The Netherlands should do more to keep older workers in employment and to encourage companies to take on older members of staff, according to a new report by the Paris-based OECD.

Report: Dutch students 'unmotivated'
Dutch school pupils are less motivated and enjoy school to a lesser extent than their European peers, news agency ANP reports on Wednesday, quoting the school inspectors' 2013 report.

Paul Witteman leaves Pauw & Witteman late night tv talk show
One of the Netherlands’ most popular television programmes, the daily talk show Pauw & Witteman, will go off air at the end of the current season after eight years.

Lucky kids: thousands get €100,0000 tax free gift from parents
Some 34,000 people have so far taken advantage of a temporary measure to give up to €100,000 tax free to their children, the AD says on Wednesday.

Learn Dutch or lose welfare benefits, new draft law says
People who do not speak sufficient Dutch will lose their rights to welfare benefits after one year, if draft legislation now sent out to consultation becomes law, broadcaster Nos reports.

Hourly rates fell 6% last year, survey of nearly 200,000 workers shows
Wages in the Netherlands dropped by 6% last year, as hourly rates fell, according to the latest Wage Index compiled by salary check foundation Stichting Loonwijzer and jobs website Monsterboard.

Starbucks to shift European HQ to London in wake of tax row: FD
American coffee house chain Starbucks is moving its European headquarters from Amsterdam to London at the end of this year, in the wake of a row over its low tax bill, the Financieele Dagblad says on Wednesday.

The Netherlands considers F16s as Ukraine crisis air support
The Netherlands is looking into the deployment of F16 fighter jets to try and ease the conflict around Ukraine, defence minister Jeanine Hennis told a television talk show on Tuesday night.

Minister firm on child refugee amnesty despite calls for flexibility
Junior justice minister Fred Teeven said on Tuesday he has no intention of widening the terms of an amnesty for child refugees to include those who lived in the Netherlands outside national government supervision.

Wolf caught on camera, just a few kilometres from the Dutch border
At least one wolf has been spotted close to the German border with the Netherlands and was captured on two separate automatic cameras.

More children are morbidly obese
Around 18,500 children in the Netherlands between the ages of two and 18 are morbidly obese, research published on Tuesday shows.

Resistance sisters honoured almost 70 years after the end of WWII
Two sisters who as teenagers worked as couriers for the Dutch resistance during World War II have been recognised for their heroism, 70 years later.

Hotel stays increase but get shorter
The Netherlands saw an increase in hotel guests of 2.4% to 21.5 million in 2013, according to figures published on Tuesday by the central statistics agency CBS.

Minister refuses to postpone long-term care changes
Junior health minister Martin van Rijn told health insurers on Tuesday he will not postpone changes to the long-term care system.

Odfjell scraps half its jobs
Bulk chemicals storage group Odfjell is scrapping 112 of the 265 jobs at its Rotterdam terminal in a restructuring aimed at creating a 'sustainable future'.

The Dutch will eat 35 million eggs over the Easter weekend
The Dutch are set to eat 35 million eggs this coming Easter weekend, the equivalent of just over two eggs each and twice the normal consumption, RTL news says on Tuesday.

Benefit system overhaul too complex and will cost money: ministers
Plans to replace three separate low-income family benefits for housing, healthcare and children by a single household payment are ‘too complex’ and have been put on hold.

Broad agreement on healthcare spending boost
The two-party coalition and three opposition parties have reached agreement on the ‘contours’ of a new plan to increase spending on healthcare.

Amsterdam police to be supported by Romanian colleagues on King's Day
Dutch police will be supported by colleagues from Romania in the fight against pickpockets on King's Day, Amsterdam's police commissioner Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg told local tv broadcaster AT5.

A handful of households to get special help because of quake fears
So far 35 households in Groningen have signed up for specialist psychiatric help because of the earthquakes in Groningen, caused by the ground settling after natural gas extraction from deep under the province.  

Most nicotine refills for e-cigarettes break poison labelling laws
Almost 70% of nicotine-based refills for electronic cigarettes fail to state the contents are poisonous, despite this being required by law, according to research by the Dutch food safety body NVWA.

Election council scraps non-Europeans from pro-animal party list
The election council has removed the names of three non-Europeans from the list of European election candidates drawn up by the pro-animal PvdD.

Dutch girl, 14, arrested for American Airlines 'joke' tweet threat
A 14-year-old girl from Rotterdam has been arrested after tweeting a joke bomb threat to American Airlines, Rotterdam police said on Monday afternoon.

Eindhoven and Amsterdam among top European ICT hubs
Eindhoven and Amsterdam are in ninth and 10th place on a European Commission atlas of Europe’s top IT hotspots.




 
 
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