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Wednesday 23 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 >





Dutch condemn Turkish offensive in Syria

The Netherlands has condemned the Turkish offensive in north-eastern Turkey and summoned the Turkish ambassador to make the Dutch position plain. ‘Unilateral action does not help and no-one is served by the possible terrible humanitarian consequences,’ foreign minister Stef Blok said in a short statement. ‘The operation may lead to the creation of new refugee streams and damage the fight against ISIS as well as stability in the region.’ The Netherlands is talking to its Nato and EU allies and... More >



Scientists slate biomass energy source

Governments should stop wasting billions of euros in subsidising new biomass power plants and the conversion of existing power plants because it is unsustainable, the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) has said. ‘Burning wood does not produce very much energy. That means the net amount of CO2 which is released is greater than when burning coal or gas,’ EASAC researcher professor Louise Vet told the AD on Thursday. Biomass is seen as sustainable because burned trees are replaced by... More >


Dutch traffic safety record takes hit

A lack of priority for road safety has made the Netherlands one of three European countries in which traffic deaths have increased since 2010, experts have told RTL Nieuws. Over a four-year period, the Netherlands has plunged from fourth to 11th place when it comes to road safety, figures from European road safety organisation ETSC show. Countries like Ireland, Germany and Spain now boasting better safety records and relatively fewer deaths. Road safety has become less of a priority, Peter... More >




Dutchman wanted for Romanian child murder

Romanian police have requested a Europeam arrest warrant be issued for a Dutch national suspected of the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl at the weekend. The man, said to be aged 46, apparently left Romania by plane after the crime but his whereabouts are unknown. Dutch police have referred all inquiries to the Romanian authorities. Eleven-year-old Mihaela disappeared on Friday on her way home from school. Her body was found on the edge of a corn field just... More >