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The Dutch social security system should be overhauled to cover freelancers and the self-employed, employers' organisation AWVN said on Monday.
Justice minister Ivo Opstelten is setting aside €12m to help prostitutes leave the sex industry over the next four years.
The Dutch public broadcasting system needs overhauling to ensure only programmes which are informative, cultural or educational get taxpayer funding, junior culture minister Sander Dekker told news website
Australia overtakes the Netherlands in best pension list
Australia has overtaken the Netherlands in the latest Mercer list of best national pension systems, pushing the Dutch into third place.
Two accountants suspended over Ecoconcern accounts
The accountancy sector's disciplinary board has suspended two PwC accountants for one month from wrongly approving the accounts of a company which went bust owing €1bn.
Former union chief is top Dutch MEP earner
Former union chief turned European parliamentarian Agnes Jongerius earns more than €73,000 a year on top of her MEP's salary, RTL news said on Monday.
Five hospitalised after drunk driver, 73, ploughs into pedestrians
Five people have been taken to hospital in Leeuwarden after a drunken pensioner drove into them, news agency ANP said on Monday afternoon.
Plastic surgeon on trial for botched breast ops
A doctor who ran a private plastic surgery clinic goes on trial in The Hague on Monday, accused of mutilating dozens of women.
King's Day to get a new look from next year
King Willem-Alexander is to break with the tradition developed by his mother for what was then Queen's Day and introduce his own take on the celebrations.
Many Amsterdam Piets to have soot not black-face make-up
Many of the Piets taking part in this year's Sinterklaas parade in Amsterdam will have soot smudges on their faces rather than full black-face make-up, says Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan.
Amsterdam admits it can't cope with Airbnb inspections
Amsterdam city council cannot cope with the explosive growth in the number of people letting their homes via sites like Airbnb and needs to spend €500,000 on extra inspectors, the Parool said at the weekend.
16-year-old boy charged over fatal school stabbing
A 16-year-old youth will appear in court on Monday charged with stabbing a 15-year-old boy to death at a vocational training college in Voorburg, close to The Hague.
Hilversum families allowed home after booby trap bomb dismantled
Some 50 people evacuated from their homes following the discovery of a 'small quantity of explosives' in a nearby house have been allowed back, police said on Sunday morning.
Epke Zonderland defends world gymnastics title in China
Dutch gymnast Epke Zonderland on Sunday successfully defended his world title on the high bar at the world championships in Nanning, China.
Dutch sprinter Dafne Schippers is European athlete of the year
Dutch sprinter Dafne Schippers has been named European women’s athlete of 2014 at the European Athletics Federation meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Four Uberpop taxi drivers arrested, face fines of up to €4,200 (update)
Four drivers who picked up passengers using the Uberpop private taxi service in Amsterdam on Saturday night were arrested for acting as illegal cab drivers.
Dutch state asks big bonus banks for help in privatisation
Finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem has confirmed the Dutch state uses banks which break its guidelines on bonuses to advise on selling stakes in banks and insurance companies.
Beef withdrawn from sale in anthrax scare
The Dutch food safety board has ordered a 7,000 kilo consignment of beef to be withdrawn from the market because it may be contaminated with anthrax.
200,000 people in the Netherlands are working past pension age
The number of people aged 65 and over who still work has topped 200,000 for the first time, ING economists said on Friday.
Food advisory group clears beetroot, spinach and lettuce
Dutch food advisory board Voedingscentrum has withdrawn advice issued decades ago about not eating beetroot, spinach and lettuce more than twice a week.
Brussels clears takeover of cable group Ziggo by Liberty Global
The European Commission on Friday cleared the takeover of Dutch cable company Ziggo by American giant Liberty Global, on the condition it sells specialist channel Film1.
Dutch have no plans to introduce ebola checks at Schiphol airport
The public health institute RIVM said on Friday no ebola checks will be made on passengers arriving at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport because there are no direct flights to countries affected by the disease.
Defence ministry denies jihad recruitment claims at airbase
A former soldier who converted to Islam has not been trying to recruit former colleagues at the Volkel airbase to take part in jihad, the defence ministry said on Friday afternoon.
Telegraaf is last Dutch newspaper to move to tabloid format
The Telegraaf on Friday became the last Dutch newspaper to switch to tabloid format.
GroenLinks MEP tops Trouw's 'most sustainable' list
Daily paper Trouw says Bas Eickhout, a member of the European parliament for left-wing green party GroenLinks, is the most ‘sustainable’ person in the Netherlands.
Dutch parliamentary complex needs major renovations
The Dutch parliamentary complex in the heart of The Hague needs major renovations in order to meet current fire and safety standards, according to a report drawn up on behalf of housing minister Stef Blok.

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Do some serious networking at the AABC's annual Meet and Greet in Amsterdam on October 20.
Fatal flaw
photo Annemarie van Gaal
Many over fifties are playing a flawed benefits system and this means they are in no hurry to find a job, says Annemarie van Gaal.

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