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Junior finance minister Eric Wiebes told parliament on Monday he sees little alternative to his controversial plans to increase the tax on company cars, despite mounting opposition.
Restaurant Inter Scaldes in the Zeeland village of Kruiningen is the best place to eat in the Netherlands for the second year running, according to the jury of foodie magazine Lekker.
The Netherlands will pay a Brussels surcharge of €642m if the facts are correct, finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem told tv show Nieuwsuur on Sunday evening.
Rotterdam Museum Night 2015 cancelled after free ticket row
A dispute over free tickets with some of Rotterdam's biggest museums has led to next year's Museum Night being cancelled.
Just 6.5% of jobless benefit claimants end up on welfare
People with few qualifications, the over-55s and single people are most likely to end up claiming welfare because they have not found a job while on unemployment benefit (ww), according to research by state job centre organisation UWV.
Dutch finance minister welcomes bank stress test results
Finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem has welcomed the results of the latest European stress test for banks, which all seven big Dutch banks passed.
Ice rinks cost millions in council cash to keep open
The Netherlands’ artificial ice rinks are only kept open because of millions of euros of local government funding, broadcaster Nos says on Monday.
New York Times, Axel Springer put €3m into Dutch Blendle project
The New York Times and the Axel Springer publishing house (Bild and Die Welt) are investing a combined €3m in the Dutch publishing start-up Blendle.
Baby girl dumped in Amsterdam underground garbage container
A live baby was found in an underground rubbish container in Amsterdam in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Former VVD senator faces bribery, fraud and money laundering charges
A former VVD senator faces prosecution for bribery, election fraud and money laundering, the public prosecution department said on Friday.
Buyer found for bankrupt Nedstaal, 200 jobs will be saved
A buyer has been found for Nedstaal, the last independent Dutch steel company which went bankrupt earlier this month.
Banks the boss at Imtech after share issue flops
The four banks supporting technical services group Imtech’s new share issue have been forced to pick up 47% of the stake after investors shunned the company’s efforts to raise €600m, the Financieele Dagblad says on Friday.
Troubled Dutch building group Ballast Nedam expects more problems
Construction company Ballast Nedam issued a trading update on Friday in which it said losses had mounted further in the third quarter of this year, without giving specific figures.
Restricting patient choice of doctors not illegal, says advisory body
Health insurance companies are not breaking European law by restricting patient choice to doctors with whom they have a contract, according to the Council of State, the Netherlands’ highest legal body.
Former refugees denied Dutch nationality without birth certificate
Just 6,000 of the 27,000 people who made use of a 2007 amnesty for asylum seekers have taken Dutch nationality, according to refugee organisation Vluchtelingenwerk.
Amsterdam presses ahead with new sea lock system
Amsterdam city officials want to invest €105m in building a new sea lock system at IJmuiden, replacing the current complex which dates from 1929.
Care home investigates how dementia patient died in ditch
A care home in Langeraar near Leiden has launched an investigation after a woman suffering from dementia was found dead in a ditch several kilometres away.
Maximum healthcare own risk is worth it for many, researchers say
Four out of 10 people with Dutch health insurance would be better off increasing their own risk payments to the maximum, according to researchers at Erasmus University.
Security service does not have to reveal phone, internet tap numbers
The Dutch security service AIVD does not have to publicise the number of phone and internet taps it sets up a year, judges in The Hague said on Thursday.
Jihad suspect wants electronic tagging device removed
A man who has been electronically tagged to stop him going to Syria to fight with Islamic State militia is campaigning to have the tag removed.
Give locals more say over their communities, Labour MP says
A Labour MP is working on proposals which would give local communities more control over their own neighbourhoods, allowing them, for example, to organise their own rubbish collection services.
Unilever sales fall 2% in third quarter, poor European summer blamed
Anglo-Dutch food to detergent group Unilever saw sales fall 2% to €12.2bn in the third quarter of this year, as the poor European summer had a impact on ice cream sales.
Road worker killed by lorry, major traffic chaos on A12
A serious accident on the A12 motorway at Woerden has cost one road worker his life and brought chaos to the roads around Rotterdam and The Hague.
Public prosecutor, consumer authority both investigate IT fraud
The Dutch consumers authority ACM has written to 50 of the country’s biggest IT companies asking them for information about price agreements and other illegal activities, the NRC said on Wednesday.
Man arrested with 600 kilos of fireworks in his van
A 22-year-old man was arrested in Enschede on Tuesday evening after border officials discovered he had 600 kilos of fireworks in his van.
Tour de France starts in Utrecht with a 14 km individual race
Next year's Tour de France cycle race will start in the Dutch city of Utrecht with a 13.7 kilometre individual time trial, the event's organisers said on Wednesday.

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Fight radicalisation but stay cool (and tolerant)
photo Eberhard van der Laan
Amsterdammers must fight intolerance without becoming intolerant, says the city's mayor Eberhard van der Laan.

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