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A European MP for the anti-immigration PVV said he pulled out of this year’s election because he did not want to work with ‘wrong people’ such as the French Front National and Austrian FPÖ.
Wind energy is unnecessarily expensive because of the very high ground rents charged by farmers and land owners, according to research by Nos television.
The Netherlands does not take part in drone attacks on terrorist suspects, defence minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said in a parliamentary debate on Wednesday evening.

Councillor, suspected of corruption, joins integrity committee
A former councillor for the right-wing liberal VVD, who is under investigation for corruption, has been appointed to Roermond town council’s integrity committee.

Motorists overpay to park by 22 minutes
Motorists are so concerned about getting a hefty parking ticket that almost three out of four pay for more time than they need when using a parking meter, the Telegraaf reports on Thursday.

Who's afraid of Red Yellow and Blue is back on public display
The notorious painting Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue III by American artist Barnett Newman (1905-1970) is back on display at Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum.

Amsterdam has most expensive student rooms, Rotterdam best deals
The average price of a student room in the Netherlands rose 1.4% to over €420 last year, according to online rental agency Kamernet.

Ajax extend away supporter ban for Feyenoord games for three years
Amsterdam football club Ajax has decided to extend a ban on taking supporters to matches at Rotterdam’s Kuip stadium for a further three years, following crowd trouble at Sunday’s KNVB Cup final.

Just one in five thinks Dutch financial sector functions properly
Just one in five people thinks the Dutch financial services sector is well-organised and only a similar proportion think the sector is properly supervised, according to the AFM's 2013 report.

Population of the Netherlands grew by 50,000 last year
The population of the Netherlands increased by 50,000 last year to over 16.8 million, the national statistics office CBS said on Wednesday.

Mentally ill asylum seeker commits suicide, minister called to account
An Armenian asylum seeker who arrived in the Netherlands last December has committed suicide in woods near the refugee centre where he lived in Deventer, the NRC reports on Wednesday.

Two Dutch suicide bombers have died in Iraq and Syria: minister
Two Dutch suicide bombers have died in attacks in Iraq and Syria, home affairs minister Ronald Plasterk said on Wednesday at the publication of the secret service’s annual report.

Fewer private sector homes for rent, €700 plus in greatest demand
The number of private flats and houses offered for rent in the first quarter of 2014 was down almost 24% compared with the first three months of 2013, according to research by rental housing platform Pararius.nl.

'Knives, drugs and mobile phones common in psychiatric prison'
Patients living in a secure unit in a psychiatric clinic in the Frisian town of Oostrum have easy access to mobile phones, drugs, cigarettes and knives, according to a report by public television company EO.

Commuters face more expensive rush-hour train tickets
Dutch railway company NS is planning to make rush-hour tickets more expensive and has reached an agreement in principle with junior transport minister Wilma Mansveld, the AD reports on Wednesday.

PVV leader Wilders loses key aide over anti-Moroccan chanting
Geert Wilders’ personal policy advisor and member of Zuid Holland provincial council has left the PVV.

De Hond defends poll as 43% say they want fewer Moroccans in NL
Some 43% of the Dutch agree they would rather there were fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands, according to an opinion poll by Maurice de Hond for the anti-immigration PVV.

Whistleblowers need better protection: helpline
A special helpline for whistleblowers has helped 61 people go public since it was founded in October 2012 and has dealt with 435 requests for advice, according to the Adviespunt Klokkenluiders’s first annual report.

More food firms, hotel group shift to one star factory farm pork
The Subway sandwiches group, salad maker Johma and hotel group NH are the latest firms to switch to one star factory pork, animal rights group Wakker Dier said on Tuesday.

Fruit and veg auction house to cut 350 jobs
Fruit and vegetable auction house The Greenery is cutting 350 out of 1,645 jobs in an effort to improve its profitability.

Over 4,000 fake Anton Heyboer etchings, but where did they come from?
A 72-year-old man has gone on trial in Amsterdam in connection with a major art fraud based on etchings said to have been made by Dutch painter and print maker Anton Heyboer (1924-2005).

Cycle lanes are getting busier, racing cyclists in more accidents
The number of cyclists taken to hospital after crashes involving other cyclists rose 40% between 2008 and 2012, according to the Dutch road safety body VeiligheidNL.

House prices rose 2.6% in Amsterdam last month, but down nationwide
House prices fell 2.1% on average in March but were up 2.6% in Amsterdam, the national statistics office said on Tuesday.

Dutch efforts in Mali stepped up, 100 more soldiers join UN mission
Some 100 Dutch soldiers will leave from Eindhoven airport on Tuesday to take part in a UN mission in Mali, the NRC reports.

Cutting pensions will hit hopes of more family carers, say campaigners
Government plans to cut the state pensions of elderly people who move in with their children are stopping families from caring from elderly relatives, the Volkskrant reports on Tuesday.

Currency effects, problems in Russia and China hit Philips' earnings
Dutch electronics group Philips booked lower earnings and turnover in the first three months of this year, saying currency effects and problems in China and Russia were to blame.

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