Thursday 31 July 2014
Investigators reach MH17 crash site

The OSCE representatives and a number of Dutch and Australian experts who left Donetsk this morning have now reached the area where flight MH17 crashed two weeks ago. The team will explore the site, to facilitate the recovery work to be carried out on subsequent visits.

Wednesday 30 July 2014
The Gay Pride canal parade Amsterdam

Gay Pride Amsterdam is one of the best and most fun prides in the world. This year it's from 26 July till 3 August 2014, with all major events taking place 1 - 3 August. The Canal Parade, on Saturday August 2, is the highlight of the Amsterdam Gay Pride weekend! 80 decorated boats sail along the Prinsengracht. The event is the second biggest of Amsterdam.

Tuesday 29 July 2014
Yukos case: Netherlands not only a tax heaven, but also a treaty paradise

Monday the arbitration court in The Hague has ordered Russia to pay €. 50 billion in damages to shareholders for seizing the former largest Russian oil company Yukos. The judgement was not the first in this case. Russian multinationals do not only like to establish their companies in Amsterdam for tax reasons, but also for juridical reasons.

Tuesday 29 July 2014
Experts still cannot reach the MH17 crash site

Also today it will not be possible for the Dutch and Australian experts to reach the crash site in the East of Ukraine. Due to fighting along the route to the site between seperatists and the army, it is far too dangerous in the area. Also the OVSE observers will not travel to the crash site today. Both organisations will give a press briefing later today. The Dutch Safety Board will publish a temorary MH17 crash report about the cause of the crash within a week.

Monday 28 July 2014

This morning there is no safe passage available to the site in Eastern Ukraine where flight MH17 has crashed. The motorcade with Dutch and Australian experts came to a halt near Monopepke because of explosions and a warning of fighting. Press statement by Pieter Jaap Aalbersberg, head of the repatriation mission.

Sunday 27 July 2014
 No military repatriation mission to Ukraine

On Sunday 27 July at 17.30 Prime Minister Mark Rutte gave a press conference on the Ukraine air disaster. This followed an extra cabinet meeting in the Catshuis. ‘Over the past few days we have thoroughly examined all options for bringing the victims’ remains back to the Netherlands from the crash site as quickly and safely as possible. We have come to the conclusion that gaining the military upper hand by means of an international mission in this region is unrealistic.’

Thursday 24 July 2014

Yesterday thousands were standing along the highways and on bridges to pay the last respect to the bodies arriving in the Netherlands. Today another 74 coffins will be transported from Charkov to the Netherlands. The Dutch government started a lobby to send hundreds of international soldiers and forensic experts to the crash site in Ukraine.

Wednesday 23 July 2014
Dutch Safety Board: investigation effort in full swing, black boxes currently being read out

The Dutch Safety Board took over formal responsibility for the air crash investigation from Ukraine yesterday evening. The two black boxes have since arrived in the United Kingdom, where they are currently being read out and analysed by a team of international specialists. The on-site investigation in Ukraine is currently in full swing. Although investigators still do not have safe access to the crash site, work to gather and analyse data from various sources is underway in both Kiev and the Netherlands.

Wednesday 23 July 2014
Black Boxes Flight MH17 passed to UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch forensic analysis

Statement by Liow Tiong Lai, Minister of Transport, Malaysia: 'Following the agreement Prime Minister Najib Razak brokered with rebel leaders, Malaysia has taken custody of flight MH17's black boxes. As the Prime Minister said, they will be passed to the international investigation team for analysis.

Wednesday 23 July 2014

The first bodies of the victims of the MH17 air disaster will arrive at Eindhoven airbase at around 16.00 on Wednesday 23 July. This will take place in the presence of their next of kin. Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher will also be present, as will representatives of countries whose nationals were among the victims, and other dignitaries.

Thursday 17 July 2014
The Dutch Safety Board is shocked by the air disaster in Ukraine and thoughts are with the next of kin of those on board. The Board will be doing all it can to provide next of kin with as much information as possible about the disaster. Therefore the Board will be travelling to Ukraine at the earliest opportunity to take part in the international investigation into the disaster, which occurred in the Donetsk region.
Wednesday 16 July 2014
Dutch Court rules state liable over 300 Srebrenica victims

Today the court in The Hague decided that the Dutch state is responsible for the deportation of more than 300 Muslim men after the fall of Srebrenica on Jul 13, 1995. The court states that the Dutchbat, the Dutch UN peacekeeping force, should have known that the men were in danger. The state is liable for the suffered damage of the relatives.

Tuesday 15 July 2014
Dutch Senate: ministers have to take problems cannabis cultivation serious

The Justice commission of the Dutch Senate demands the ministers of Justice and Internal Affairs to stop ignoring mayors that want to start experiments with cannabis cultivation. By regulating cannabis cultivation the mayors want to keep the growers out of the hands of organised crime.  On the 9th of September the commission wants to hear what the ministers have done to solve the soft drugs policy problems.

Thursday 10 July 2014
Dutch research shows pesticides cause fast disappearance insects and birds in EU

It seems that agricultural pesticides are responsible for the collapse of the insect world in Europe. Now Dutch researchers found proof that also insect eating birds are disappearing rapidly in area's where these insecticide are used.

Wednesday 9 July 2014
Dutch charging station company for electric cars goes public

Today Fastned, a company that builds a nationwide network of fast-charging stations for electric cars in the Netherlands, is going public – and has chosen NPEX for its listing. Fastned aims to raise €. Million 40 to finance 200 fast-charging stations along the Dutch highways. At the moment Fastned only has 9 charging stations, but the number will  soon increase at the rate of two stations a week.

Tuesday 8 July 2014
The world’s most important church organ festival exists 50 years

The Dutch are forerunners in the centuries old tradition of improvisation on the church organ. From 12-26 July the world’s most important organ festivals will take place for the 50iest time in the Dutch city of Haarlem. In this anniversary year, prominent organ specialists, students from more than 30 countries and many music lovers from Holland and abroad will gather to share their passion for the King of Instruments.

Monday 7 July 2014
Why is the Dutch football team so successful?

The Dutch are still very busy getting used to the success the national football team has in the world cup football in Brazil. Besides this there is still critics on the new defensive style of playing. The old 'Dutch school' style of the football team was attractive, dominant and attacking. Instead now the Dutch wait for the opponent and play on the counter attack. What are the reasons behind the success of the Dutch football team?

Monday 7 July 2014
Dutch can overcome world cup trauma’s

Although the Dutch hopes were not very high before the world cup football started, they now play Argentina in the semi-final this coming Wednesday. The tournament can become one of the most amazing scenario’s ever if the Dutch would win the final. In that case they would have won from the previous winner Spain, from opponent Argentina in 1978 and the most sensitive opponent Germany, that won from the talented Dutch in 1974.

Sunday 6 July 2014

One of the mayors that want to regulate cannabis cultivation in the Netherlands is criticising the Dutch State Secretary Martin van Rijn of the ministry of public health for his inactivity in the debate. Van Rijn leaves everything to the conservative and repressive ministry of justice. One of the mayors: ‘We created a criminal monster which undermines the constitutional state’.

Saturday 5 July 2014

The Dutch association of Child care want a discussion about euthanasia for children. In the Netherlands euthanasia for newly born and for children from the age of twelve is permitted, but for the age group in between there is a vague gap. In extreme exceptions Dutch child doctors want to give the parents a possibility to let their child die in a dignified way. In September a collective proposal will be formulated after debates.

Wednesday 2 July 2014
Court corrects strict general pardon policy refugee children

The court in the Hague decided yesterday that the general pardon for refugee children cannot be implemented as strict as the Dutch government wants. The judge in charge stated that it is unjust to reject an asylum seeker because there was only registration on local level, but no contact with the national government.

Tuesday 1 July 2014
Dutch believe in world cup title is back

Because of the ongoing victory march of the orange football team in World Cup tournament in Brazil more and more Dutch start to believe in the chances to finally win the world cup football. In early June around 13% of the Dutch thought that their team would leave Brazil with the world cup, now 42% is convinced they will win.