ING to cut 3,000 jobs by integrating IT systems

ING to cut 3,000 jobs by integrating IT systems

The Dutch economy is expected to grow by 1.4% in 2015 and by 1.6% in 2016, according to figures from the OECD released on Tuesday. This is a considerable improvement on the expected 0.8% growth forecast for 2014 and will result in a slight drop in the budget deficit to 2.3% in 2015 and 2.2% in 2016. The OECD is also forecasting an improvement in the unemployment figure, currently at 6.8%. This...  More >

Jihadi bride released from custody

Positive economic outlook for the Netherlands, according to the OECD The 19-year-old girl from Maastricht who spent nine months in Syria as a jihadi bride was released from custody on Tuesday afternoon. The girl, a Muslim convert who adopted the name Aïcha, was being held on suspicion of being a member of a terrorist organisation. She has been given a conditional release but the conditions were not made public. The court said it had agreed to release the girl after weighing up her personal interests against those of society. If she meets the conditions of her release, there is sufficient guarantee that the official investigation into her case can proceed, the court said. Aïcha hit the headlines last week when her mother said she had travelled to Syria to rescue her daughter. However, the Dutch public prosecutor later said that the mother had not been in Syria and had probably waited for her daughter on the Turkish-Syrian border. The girl went to Syria when she was 18 to marry high profile Dutch jihadi Omar Yilmaz. The timing of her release...  More >

French police arrest 95 Ajax supporters

French police arrest 95 Ajax supporters ahead of Paris Saint Germain match French police have picked up 95 supporters of Amsterdam football club Ajax ahead of Tuesday night’s key Champions League match against Paris Saint-Germain. According to French media reports, some of the supporters were carrying iron bars, knuckle dusters and balaclavas and were intending to fight French football fans. They were arrested in a bar in central Paris on Monday night. None had tickets for the match. France’s home affairs minister had already banned Ajax supporters from coming to Paris without a ticket ‘There is a strong rivalry between French and Dutch hooligans,’ a ministry spokesman told news agency Reuters. Police released 41 supporters overnight while 54 remained in custody. Only 850 Ajax fans have been authorised to travel to Paris and will be under police supervision while in the city. Ajax only have two points from four games in Group F and cannot catch Paris (10) or Barcelona (9). However, the Amsterdammers could clinch a Europa League place if...  More >

Voting starts for 2014 word of the year

Crimiclown, jihadgezin, moestuinsocialisme – what will be the 2014 word of the year? The Van Dale dictionary group on Tuesday opened the voting to find the new Dutch word of the year. Like every year, this year’s entries stem from current news events, including the arrival of horror clowns, events in the Middle East and attitudes to poverty. Last year's winning entry was selfie, with 32% of the vote. The 2014 winning word will be announced on December 16. This year’s entries are: Clownspiet: a cross between Zwarte Piet and a clown Crimiclown: a clown who goes around terrifying people. The name is a pun on the children’s hospital charity Cliniclowns Dagobertducktaks: extra tax for the super rich, named after Donald Duck’s uncle Dagobert – known as Scrooge McDuck in English Fotobom: deliberately or accidently appearing in a stupid pose in the background of someone else’s photograph. Jihadgezin: a family in which one or more members has gone to fight with radical Muslims in Syria. Kalifaatganger: A radical Muslim who has gone to join...  More >

Polar bear triplets born in Dutch zoo

Rare polar bear triplets born in Dutch zoo (video) A polar bear at the Ouwehands Dierenpark zoo in Rhenen has given birth to triplets -   a very rare event in captivity -  the zoo authorities said on Tuesday. The three cubs were born on Saturday to polar bear Freedom and all appear to be in good health, the zoo said. The father of the triplets, known as Victor, is currently at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in England. He is considered an important part of the European captive breeding programme and has already produced 16 offspring. The new family can be followed by webcam and it will be spring before the baby bears and their mother go outside, the zoo said.   More >