Sunday, March 26, 2017

Amsterdam: Blood Test possibly infected Tens

About 60 people who had their blood sugar levels tested at the GGD (Municipal Health Service) in Amsterdam city center may have been infected with HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C. "It is a very small chance", GGD spokesperson stressed, but the chance exists. The Healthcare Inspectorate also launched an investigation.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Half at Risk Households in Trouble

Increasingly tenants in rent controlled property are getting into financial difficulty as rents continue to rise. This results from a report by  the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. In 2012, 37% of high-risk tenants were at risk of having problems paying their bills over the previous three year period, but this had risen to almost 55% by 2015, the agency said.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Erdogan Wanted Huge Meeting in the Netherlands

Even before two Turkish ministers wanted to speak in the Netherlands and were prevented from doing so, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wanted to visit the Netherlands and speak in a stadium to Dutch Turks.  All possible major covered locations however refused to rent their space.  This led to the cancellation of his visit.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Portuguese Prime Minister calls for Dijsselbloem to stand down

The head of Eurozone finance ministers, outgoing Dutch Labour Party Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem has said: “Anyone demanding EU solidarity also has obligations.” He added: "I can't spend all my money on liqueurs and women and then go and ask for your support." This is seen as an attack on indebted southern European states. Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa has said Dijsselbloem should stand down as head of the Eurogroup. Italy's ex-prime minister, Matteo Renzi, took to Facebook to condemn "stupid remarks against southern Europe, starting with Italy and Spain".

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Major Dutch Bank suspected of Corruption and Money laundering

The major Dutch ING Bank is suspected of facilitating international corruption and money laundering. The bank writes in its annual report that the Prosecution in both The Netherlands and the U.S has started a criminal investigation. The bank indicates that if there will be fines they might be substantial. According to the prosecution one of the cases investigated concerns bribes of the telecom company VimpelCom to a functionary of the Uzbek government.

Monday, March 20, 2017

European Commission Fines Air France KLM 310 Million Euros

The European Commission has fined Air France KLM 310 million Euros for price fixing and collusion in the air cargo market.  In total 11 airlines were fined with an amount of nearly 800 million Euro.  The airlines had been charged with making secret agreements between 1999 and 2006.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Two Turkish Diplomats Arrested in Rotterdam

Various Dutch and Turkish government sources claim that two Turkish diplomats were arrested in Rotterdam and kept two hours in police cells. Other Dutch sources deny this. Geert Jan Knoops, professor of international law, recommends that the Netherlands apologizes to Turkey, as otherwise Trukey might win an international court case against the Netherlands.