Monday 21 September 2020

Dutch are shunning traditional allies UK and US for Germany and France

Dutch are shunning traditional allies UK and US for Germany and France

The Dutch are turning away from the Netherlands’ traditional allies of Britain and the US in favour of France and Germany, according to research carried out at the Clingendael think-tank. Almost three-quarters of 23,000 people who took part in the survey think the Netherlands should work more closely with Germany and France, now the UK and US are going their own way. The survey, the researchers say, shows that traditional certainties regarding Dutch foreign policy and the transatlantic relationship are... More >

Dutch firm sells facial software to China

Dutch company Noldus Information Technology has sold advanced surveillance technology to China, highlighting gaps in the European Union’s export regulations, Amnesty International says in a new report. Wageningen based Noldus Information Technology, one of three European companies singled out by Amnesty, develops software, hardware, and integrated systems for measurement and analysis of human and animal behaviour. Amnesty points out that a Dutch tax office investigation completed in June 2020 concluded that Noldus Information Technology has neither developed nor exported any... More >

Dutch to press ahead with carbon tax

The cabinet is pressing ahead with plans to introduce a carbon tax on industry, and the measure is included in the 2021 budget which will be presented to MPs on Tuesday, the Financieele Dagblad reported on Saturday. Officials had suggested earlier that the tax would be delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic and the reluctance to saddle industry with an extra tax. However, junior tax minister Hans Vijlbrief  told European finance ministers in Berlin on Saturday that the Netherlands would... More >

Pressure mounts over Greek island refugees

MPs will on Thursday afternoon debate the Dutch government’s response to the fires at the massive refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, in particular the continuing refusal of the coalition to take in any of the children living there. MPs from across the political spectrum backed calls for the debate with junior justice minister Ankie Broekers-Knol. She has continually said that the Netherlands will not take in any of the children living in the camp without parents or... More >

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