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Many officials believe the transfer of national government responsibilities for youth work, home care and sheltered work schemes to local councils will proceed with difficulty and one in five predict it will be chaotic, the Telegraaf reports on Tuesday.
Social affairs minister Lodewijk Asscher has relaxed his ban on Chinese restaurants bringing specialist cooks into the country in return for concessions on retraining local chefs.
Nearly nine out of 10 Dutch people have savings yet one-third were sent formal reminders about paying a bill over the past year and four out of 10 were overdrawn at some point, according to new research.

DAF Trucks signs deal to sell 700 vehicles to Russian transport firm
Eindhoven-based car maker DAF Trucks has received an order for 700 vehicles from Russian transport group Monopoly, the company says on its website.

Queen Máxima poses for photo with Desi Bouterse's wife
The media in Suriname have published a photograph showing queen Máxima posing with Ingrid Waldring-Bouterse, the wife of Desi Bouterse, the controversial president of Suriname who has been sentenced to 11 years in jail in the Netherlands for drugs trafficking.

World's biggest cruise ship arrives in Rotterdam
The world’s biggest cruise ship, the Oasis of the Seas, has arrived in the heart of Rotterdam.

Nearly 5,000 people died via euthanasia in the Netherlands in 2013
There were 4,829 official cases of euthanasia in the Netherlands last year, an increase of 15% on 2012, according to the annual report of the regional monitoring committees.

Syria returnee and 'jihad recruiter' to stay in jail pending court case
A 20-year-old man who returned to the Netherlands after spending time in Syria has been remanded in custody until his November trial on terrorist offences.

Minister welcomes robots but warns of impact on jobs
Social affairs minister Lodewijk Asscher is happy to embrace robot technology but warns it could create extreme inequality.

ING has worst online banking service: survey
ING internet banking clients had to deal with more breakdowns and disruption than any other bank so far this year, according to website Allestoringen.nl.

Number of forced marriages much higher than recorded
The number of forced marriages taking place in the Netherlands is higher than recorded, according to research by the Verwey Jonker Institute for tv programme Nieuwsuur.

Tassle thief apology accepted but the king would like it back
A former fireman who admitted stealing a tassle from the Golden Coach sixty years ago has received a letter from king Willem-Alexander accepting his apology.

Dutch entrepreneurs have to deal with 136 corporate definitions
Entrepreneurs have to deal with 136 different definitions and thresholds which determine whether or not they have to comply with certain laws, a government body looking into corporate red tape has found.

Absenteeism rate falls to 3.7% as fewer workers stay off work ill
The Dutch absenteeism rate fell to 3.7% in the second quarter of this year, as fewer workers took time off sick.

SNS changes focus to become a 'no-nonsense' bank
SNS Bank, nationalised by the Dutch government in February 2013 after almost going bust, is to transform itself into a ‘normal retail bank’ with simple services for payments, savings and borrowing.

Traffic chaos around Rotterdam
An accident involving a lorry on the A16 between Rotterdam and Breda has led to long jams and delays around the port city, the ANWB motoring organisation said on Monday morning.

Three killed as monster truck stunt goes wrong
A third person has died following Sunday’s accident involving a monster truck at a show in Haaksbergen, Nos television reports.

Dutch cancel 49 jihadist passports and freeze bank accounts
The Netherlands has cancelled the passports of 49 dual nationals, 41 of whom were planning to head to Syria or Iraq and eight who are already there, the justice ministry confirmed at the weekend.

Burglar calls the police to liberate him from Alkmaar building
A burglar who broke into a building in Alkmaar in the early hours of Friday morning ended up calling the police because he could not work out how to leave, local broadcaster RTV NH said on Friday.

Immigration service will examine Afghan intepreter's case after all
The immigration authority will look into the case of an Afghan man who acted as an intepreter for the Dutch army but is threatened with deportation after all, junior justice minister Fred Teeven said on Friday.

Eye museum to show Hitchcock's concentration camp documentary
A documentary worked on by Alfred Hitchcock and composed almost entirely of footage shot by allied army cameramen in 1945 will be shown at the Eye film museum on Sunday evening.

Ministers pick three offshore wind farm locations, revise earlier plan
Ministers have revised their plans to build nine small offshore wind farms and will focus instead on three main sites closer to the coast.

Cycle shops lobby against end of Dutch company bike scheme
Bicycle shops have started a campaign to keep the tax break that cyclists get if they have a company bike, the Volkskrant reports on Friday.

Dutch growers stop giving boycott fruit and veg to food banks
Dutch markeg gardeners are giving very little in the way of surplus fruit and vegetables to food banks despite the impact of the Russian boycott, BNR radio said on Friday.

A warm but not too sunny weekend ahead
The temperature could be as high as 23 Celsius in places on Sunday, online weather bureau weerplaza says on Friday.

Utrecht's mayor angry over being sidelined during deportation
Utrecht’s mayor Jan van Zanen is angry at the way a Somali man has been removed from a refugee centre in the city without his involvement.




 
 
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