Investigation Into Apple’s Payment System in Netherlands Nears Decision

  According to a report Dutch competition authorities are nearing a draft decision in a years-long investigation into Apple over rules requiring software developers to use its in-app payment system, according to a letter sent this month to developers involved in the case. The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets, or ACM, said in 2019 […]

Dutch parliament says China’s treatment of Uighurs is genocide

The Dutch motion says China’s actions in Xinjiang, including birth control measures, fall under UN genocide convention. The Dutch parliament on Thursday passed a non-binding motion saying the treatment of the Muslim Uighur minority in China amounted to genocide, the first such move by a European country. “A genocide on the Uighur minority is occurring […]

In wake of riots, Dutch court orders gov’t to lift COVID curfew

Court sides with anti-lockdown group, prompting the prime minister to launch appeal and advise citizens to respect controversial measure. A Dutch court has ordered the government to scrap a nighttime curfew it imposed last month to fight the coronavirus pandemic, saying officials were not entitled to use emergency powers to enforce the restrictive measure. But […]

Shell freezes salaries, cuts $1bn in bonuses amid overhaul

The Anglo-Dutch oil giant is moving towards greener energy, which also means shedding 9,000 jobs over the next two years, its CEO said. Royal Dutch Shell Plc will not raise salaries for most of its employees this year, according to people with knowledge of the matter, as it looks to save cash amid an overhaul […]

In Pictures: Netherlands deep freeze revives national obsession

A deep winter freeze gripping the Netherlands is reawakening the national obsession with skating on frozen canals. The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute extended a warning for snowdrifts and slippery conditions to large parts of the country after more than 30 centimetres (12 inches) fell in 24 hours in some areas. The train service remained patchy, […]

Dutch freeze international adoptions after abuses uncovered

Some children adopted between 1967 and 1998 were found to have been stolen or bought under duress from birth parents. The Netherlands is freezing international adoptions after a government commission found some children had been stolen or bought from their birth parents in cases going back to the 1960s. The commission was set up under […]

Shell’s profit slumps in 2020 due to COVID pandemic

The Anglo-Dutch oil and gas giant’s annual profit decreases 71 percent to $4.8bn as production drops sharply. Royal Dutch Shell’s profit last year dropped to its lowest in at least 20 years as the coronavirus pandemic hit energy demand worldwide, though the company’s retail network and trading business helped cushion the blow. The Anglo-Dutch oil […]

In Pictures: European capitals hit by anti-COVID curbs protests

Protesters angry with coronavirus restrictions have staged rallies in a number of European cities, days after the Netherlands was rocked by anti-curfew riots. In Brussels, Belgian police on Sunday arrested many protesters at a non-authorised demonstration against measures aimed at combating the spread of COVID-19, including a nighttime curfew and the closing of bars and […]

Dutch court orders Shell to pay Nigerian farmers over oil spills

Court of Appeal in The Hague on Friday rules the British-Dutch company must payout over a 2008 case. A Dutch court has ordered Shell to pay compensation over oil spills in Nigeria’s Niger Delta in a ruling which could pave the way for more cases against the multinational oil firm. The Court of Appeal in […]

Are measures to stop spread of COVID-19 failing?

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Netherlands: What’s behind violent anti-lockdown riots?

*Names marked with an asterisk have been changed to protect identities Amsterdam, The Netherlands – “Fireworks, dynamite, gasoline, bricks,” said an invite to the riot that erupted in Amsterdam, on Molukkenstraat street, on Monday. “Get everything.” The invites were shared on social media, in Snapchat posts, Instagram stories, on Telegram and WhatsApp groups. Monday was […]

In Pictures: Rioters battle Dutch police over COVID-19 lockdown

Rioters violently confronted police in several Dutch towns and cities defying the country’s coronavirus curfew. Monday marked the third night of unrest across the Netherlands that initially grew out of calls to protest against its tough COVID-19 lockdown. The motivation behind the vandalism and other incidents in cities ranging from Rotterdam and Amsterdam to smaller […]

Netherlands rocked by third night of rioting over COVID curfew

Police say at least 70 arrested after unrest and looting in towns and cities across the country. Police in the Netherlands arrested at least 70 people after rioting broke out for a third night on Monday, following weekend protests triggered by anger over a nighttime curfew and lockdown imposed because of the coronavirus. Riot police […]

Dutch police clash with anti-lockdown rioters in two cities

Rioters clash with police and damage properties in Netherlands capital Amsterdam and southern city of Eindhoven. Demonstrations against a new curfew to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the Netherlands have turned into riots and clashes with police in some places, according to authorities and reports. Authorities on Sunday used water cannon and dogs […]

The Netherlands will ban many flights and impose a nationwide curfew.

The Netherlands will bar flights from Britain, South Africa and almost all countries in South America starting from Jan. 23 and will implement a nationwide curfew in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus variant first found in Britain, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Wednesday. “These are dark weeks — we have […]

Dutch PM Rutte and his government quit over child welfare scandal

Some 10,000 families, some of whom were racially profiled, were forced to repay tens of thousands of euros of subsidies. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has announced the resignation of his government, accepting responsibility for years of mismanagement of childcare subsidies, which wrongfully drove thousands of families to financial ruin. Rutte, who heads the liberal […]

New COVID-19 lockdowns imperil global economy’s recovery

A major chunk of the global recovery in companies’ earnings – recovery expected in the first quarter of 2021 – is at risk of being pushed back further as coronavirus lockdowns and mobility restrictions in several countries cloud hopes of a swifter economic rebound, investment banks said. China announced lockdowns in four cities and European […]

Under fire, the Netherlands is speeding up the start of its lagging vaccination campaign.

Facing broad criticism, the government of the Netherlands on Saturday said the country would speed up its lagging vaccination process and provide the first shots to frontline health care workers. Most nations elsewhere in Europe started their vaccination processes last week. The first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived in the Netherlands a week ago. […]

In solidarity with Kauthar Bouchallikht

Kauthar Bouchallikht, a green and social justice activist, is standing as a candidate for the GroenLinks (Green Left) party in the Netherlands in the upcoming parliamentary elections. Bouchallikht is facing relentless racist and baseless attacks as a Muslim woman of colour standing on a radical platform. Claims of extremism levied against her originated from far-right […]

Nigeria Shell employees causing oil leaks for profit: Dutch TV

Nigerian employees of the Anglo-Dutch oil company Shell ordered the deliberate vandalisation of oil pipelines for personal gain, a documentary in the Netherlands has reported. Dutch television documentary programme Zembla, together with Dutch environmentalist organisation Milieudefensie, reported in a programme to be aired on Thursday that “multiple witnesses declared that SPDC, a subsidiary of Shell, caused […]

Black Pete: Has time been called on Dutch blackface tradition?

It seems that the winds of social change may have finally reached the shores of the Netherlands. Following years of demonstrations against Black Pete, and amid the recent Black Lives Matter protests, the controversial blackface Sinterklaas tradition has largely faded from view this year. And with COVID-19 cancelling parades, Sinterklaas’s arrival by boat this year, […]

Nigeria gets back 600-year-old artefact from the Netherlands

The ‘priceless’ terracotta head was smuggled through Ghana to the Netherlands, officials said. Nigeria has received a “priceless” terracotta head believed to be at least 600 years old which was smuggled to the Netherlands, the information minister said. It was taken from the southwestern city of Ile-Ife and smuggled through Ghana. Dutch ambassador to Nigeria […]