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Insurer under fire over compensation for woman unable to work

08-20-2014

Insurance company Reaal was discriminatory when it based a compensation deal for a woman left unable to work after an accident on having children and a part-time job, the Dutch human rights board has ruled.

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Dutch doctors warned to look out for Ebola symptoms

08-20-2014

The Dutch public health institute RIVM has warned family doctors to be on the look-out for symptoms of the deadly Ebola disease but says the chance of it arriving in the Netherlands is ‘extremely small’.

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More Dutch universities open campus-based colleges

08-20-2014

Some 3,000 students in the Netherlands are now attending university colleges – which offer a campus-based education for fees double that of traditional universities, the Volkskrant reports on Wednesday.

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State pays €460,000 to use land for king's Greek villa security fence

08-20-2014

The Dutch government has paid €461,000 in land rights to place a security fence around the royal family’s Greek holiday home but the land itself is only worth €35,000, RTL news says on Tuesday.

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Change your lectures to avoid rush hour travel, universities told

08-20-2014

Universities and colleges which do not stimulate students to use public transport outside rush hour could get less government money in the future, says education minister Jet Bussemaker.

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Minister urges firms to bring manufacturing back to the Netherlands

08-20-2014

Ministers are urging Dutch companies to bring manufacturing back to the Netherlands, social affairs minister Lodewijk Asscher has told MPs in a briefing.

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Economic recovery and jobs top cabinet priority list

08-19-2014

The government’s priorities for 2015 are to ensure the economy continues to recover and to create jobs, prime minister Mark Rutte said on Tuesday.

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Tax office wins right to know where you parked and for how long

08-19-2014

A company which enables people to pay for car parking by mobile phone must hand over client details to the tax office, the appeal court in Den Bosch said on Tuesday.

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Is this summer? This August is one of the coldest since 1980

08-19-2014

This August is the second coldest in 34 years with an average afternoon temperature of 17 Celsius at the De Bilt weather station.

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Russian boycott set to cost Dutch €300m and affect 5,000 jobs

08-19-2014

Russia’s boycott of Dutch goods will have an impact on thousands of jobs and will cost the economy millions of euros, the national statistics office CBS said on Tuesday.

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Seven groups plan demos in The Hague on September 20

08-19-2014

So far seven different organisations have announced plans to demonstrate in The Hague on September 20, according to the Telegraaf.

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Dutch will not send heavy weapons to help Kurds combat IS

08-19-2014

The Netherlands will not send heavy weapons or ground troops to help Kurdish fighters in their battle against the fundamentalist Muslim IS group, the Volkskrant reports on Tuesday.

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Council of State to try to speed up Zwarte Piet ruling

08-19-2014

The Netherlands’ highest legal body is to decide this week if it can reach a decision on the future of Zwarte Piet before the December 5 Sinterklaas festivities.

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Dutch teenager set to become world's youngest Formula One racer

08-19-2014

Dutch teenager Max Verstappen is set to become the youngest Formula One racing driver ever at the age of just 17 when he takes part in the Australian Grand Prix next season.

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Doutzen Kroes is world's second highest earning model: Forbes

08-19-2014

Dutch woman Doutzen Kroes is the second highest earning model in the world, according to business magazine Forbes.

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Six men jailed for international banking swindle

08-18-2014

Six men have been jailed for up to four years for their role in the ‘digital theft’ of some €45m from ABN Amro and Rabobank, the Telegraaf says on Monday.

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Dutch farmers welcome EU cash to head off Russian boycott impact

08-18-2014

Dutch fruit and vegetable growers are set to benefit from a €125m compensation package set up by the EU following the imposition of an import ban by Russia.

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Pro-Gaza, anti-extremism demos planned in The Hague

08-18-2014

Officials in The Hague expect some form of demonstration will take place outside the defence ministry on Tuesday in support of the people of Gaza, the Telegraaf reports on Monday.

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Dutch car sales poised to hit 45-year low

08-18-2014

The Dutch car sector is heading for its worst year since 1969, according to automotive industry consultancy group Aumacon on Monday.

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Defence spending, income tax cuts at centre of budget talks

08-18-2014

Negotiations to finalise the government’s 2015 spending plans are focusing on boosting defence spending and cutting income tax, Dutch media report on Monday afternoon.

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The Netherlands is Europe's leading exporter of frozen French fries

08-18-2014

The Netherlands is responsible for almost one-third of Europe’s total production of French fries and other frozen potato dishes, according to the national statistics office CBS.

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Meat industry cleaners face serious health risks

08-18-2014

Government inspectors stopped production at 10 abattoirs and meat processing plants for a time last year because conditions for staff who clean the machines were so unsafe.

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Dutchman missing after Indonesia ferry sinks, five Dutch rescued

08-18-2014

One Dutchman and one Italian woman are still missing after Sunday’s ferry disaster in Indonesia, according to the Telegraaf.

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Daycare group Estro paid directors bonuses prior to bankruptcy

08-18-2014

Bankrupt daycare company Estro paid its executives bonuses just months before the company went bust, the NRC reported at the weekend.

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Coalition parties continue to recover in new opinion poll

08-18-2014

The ruling right-wing Liberal VVD continues to improve its performance in the latest Maurice de Hond opinion poll and has stretched its lead over the opposition D66.

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