Monday 14 October 2019

Washington a mess: former Dutch diplomat

The former Dutch ambassador to the US has given an interview to the NRC in which he describes the ‘absolute mess’ in Washington under the presidency of Donald Trump. Henne Schuwer, who retired this summer, was appointed to the US job in 2015 and told the paper that Trump is ‘sawing away’ at the fundamentals of society. ‘Of course he has done good things. More money is going to Nato and he has reformed the 1986 tax system,’ said Schuwer.... More >

Nitrogen emissions 'need to be cut by 50%'

Government plans to reduce nitrogen pollution by compensating farmers will not be enough to reverse the damage to the environment, new research has found. Scientists at Wageningen Environmental Research wrote in a report that emissions would have to be cut by more than 50% before the natural world experienced any benefit. The research was commissioned by the World WIldlife Fund (WWF). The report was published ahead of a debate in parliament on Thursday on the government’s response to a Council... More >

Motorway accidents and deaths on the rise

Dutch motorways are becoming more dangerous and deadlier, according to road safety organisation SWOV. The number of motorway deaths rose to 81 in 2018, the highest figure in more than a decade. The total number of accidents has more than doubled in five years, from 17,000 in 2014 to more than 38,000 in 2018. Motorways accounted for just under 12% of all deaths on the roads last year. SWOV said the main causes of collisions were speeding and drivers being... More >

Dutch 'disappointed' by US Syria plan

Dutch defence minister Ank Bijleveld has said she is ‘disappointed’ that US president Donald Trump did not brief the Netherlands and other countries about his plans to pull out of northern Syria. ‘This is not how you treat each other,’ broadcaster NOS quoted her as saying. ‘Allies should always keep each other informed… and that is what you should be able to expect.’ The minister was speaking during a debate on the defence industry in The Hague, organised by Elsevier... More >

Netherlands labour to 2-1 win in Belarus

The Netherlands stayed on track to qualify for Euro 2020 with a hard-fought win over Belarus in Minsk on Sunday. Georginio Wijnaldum’s two first-half goals looked to have put Oranje on course for a routine victory. The Liverpool midfielder headed in Quincy Promes’s cross from close range just after the half-hour mark and doubled the scoreline 10 minutes later with a shot into the top corner from 20 metres. But the sporadically dangerous Belarusians hit back 10 minutes after half-time... More >

Hellendoorn park gets new owner

Dutch amusement park Hellendoorn has been partly acquired by the Abu Dhabi royal family, after it and 14 other European parks were sold to the group’s management and state investment fund Mubadala, the Financieele Dagblad said at the weekend. The 15 parks, under the label of the Looping Group, were owned by Belgian and French investment funds and had combined turnover of €110m a year, the paper said. The new owners aim to make the parks more attractive by improving... More >

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