Saturday 03 December 2022

Schengen: Dutch poised to say no to Bulgaria, yes to Romania

Schengen: Dutch poised to say no to Bulgaria, yes to Romania

The Netherlands will support Romania and Croatia’s accession to the Schengen zone at next week’s meeting in Brussels but will say no to Bulgaria, ministers decided at Friday’s cabinet meeting. The expansion of the Schengen zone, based on travel without border identity checks, will be voted on by EU ministers next week, and the Netherlands had been under pressure to end its resistance to Bulgaria and Romania’s membership. The zone currently consists of 22 EU countries and four from outside... More >

Bloody parcel sent to Ukrainian embassy

The Ukrainian embassy in The Hague, as well as Ukraine’s embassies in Hungary, Poland, Croatia and Italy, have been sent parcels containing blood and animal eyes, the Ukrainian foreign affairs ministry said on Friday. Consulates in Naples, Krakow and Brno in the Czech Republic have also been targeted, the ministry said. ‘The parcels were drenched in a liquid of a certain colour and smell, spokesman Oleg Nikolenko said. Officials are now looking into the meaning of the threat, he said.... More >

No minister to Oranje-US at World Cup

The Netherlands will not send any more government officials to the World Cup in Qatar unless it is politically expedient to do so, or if Oranje reach the final, prime minister Mark Rutte told reporters on Friday. Earlier on Friday it emerged that no Dutch minister will attend Saturday’s round of 16 match against the US. If the opponent sends a political delegation, then it is more likely that we will do so, Rutte said. The cabinet did send sports... More >

Deposits on cans delayed after all

Cans used for soft drinks and beer will carry a deposit of 15 cents from April, not January as planned, the country’s highest administrative court said on Friday afternoon. Environment minister Vivianne Heijnen said earlier that the deposit system would be introduced from January 1, despite the objections of the industry which said key equipment was not available. The Council of State said that the lack of machinery would make it difficult for supermarkets to meet their obligations and that... More >

FvD data leak leaves members exposed

An IT failure in the app launched last weekend by far right party Forum voor Democratie has placed the names, addresses and bank account numbers of all 93,000 current and past party members in the public domain, broadcaster RTL has reported, following a tip-off. On its website the party describes the leak as a ‘possible hostile attack’ on its IT system and said it may press criminal charges once an investigation has been completed. The leak was closed after RTL... More >

No appeal against MH17 acquittal

The Dutch public prosecution service has decided not to appeal against the acquittal of one of four men accused of involvement in the downing of flight MH17, with the loss of 298 lives. Last month, judges found three men guilty of murder but found the fourth not guilty, saying his involvement had not been proven. ‘An appeal would be a great burden for the next of kin, because they would then remain in uncertainty about the outcome of the criminal... More >

Support for blackface Piet shrinks again

Support for the traditional blackface Zwarte Piet has halved within six years and only one third of Dutch adults now want the character to remain black, according to new research by I&O. In particular, support for the blackface version of Sinterklaas’ helper Piet continues to lose popularity under youngsters, I&O said. In 2021, one third of young adults supported the blackface Piet, but this year only 19% do so. Older people are also turning their back on blackface with between... More >

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