Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Portuguese Prime Minister calls for Dijsselbloem to stand down

The head of Eurozone finance ministers, outgoing Dutch Labour Party Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem has said: “Anyone demanding EU solidarity also has obligations.” He added: "I can't spend all my money on liqueurs and women and then go and ask for your support." This is seen as an attack on indebted southern European states. Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa has said Dijsselbloem should stand down as head of the Eurogroup. Italy's ex-prime minister, Matteo Renzi, took to Facebook to condemn "stupid remarks against southern Europe, starting with Italy and Spain".

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Major Dutch Bank suspected of Corruption and Money laundering

The major Dutch ING Bank is suspected of facilitating international corruption and money laundering. The bank writes in its annual report that the Prosecution in both The Netherlands and the U.S has started a criminal investigation. The bank indicates that if there will be fines they might be substantial. According to the prosecution one of the cases investigated concerns bribes of the telecom company VimpelCom to a functionary of the Uzbek government.

Monday, March 20, 2017

European Commission Fines Air France KLM 310 Million Euros

The European Commission has fined Air France KLM 310 million Euros for price fixing and collusion in the air cargo market.  In total 11 airlines were fined with an amount of nearly 800 million Euro.  The airlines had been charged with making secret agreements between 1999 and 2006.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Two Turkish Diplomats Arrested in Rotterdam

Various Dutch and Turkish government sources claim that two Turkish diplomats were arrested in Rotterdam and kept two hours in police cells. Other Dutch sources deny this. Geert Jan Knoops, professor of international law, recommends that the Netherlands apologizes to Turkey, as otherwise Trukey might win an international court case against the Netherlands.

http://nos.nl/artikel/2163752-aanhouding-turkse-diplomaten-was-mogelijk-fout.html

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Threats force Municipal Councilor to take Leave of Absence

Dutch-Turkish Christian Democrat municipal councilor in Rotterdam Turan Yazir is taking a leave of absence from his faction due to threats. Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah has published Yazir's full name and a photo and called him partly responsible for the political fallout between the Netherlands and Turkey. His faction declared that the tensions in the Turkish community in Rotterdam have such an impact that it is impossible for Yazir to duly exercise his duties as councilor. The Turkish newspaper calls Yazir a politician that works with "fascists in the Netherlands, like Geert Wilders".

http://nltimes.nl/2017/03/16/threats-dutch-turkish-rotterdam-politician-prompts-leave-absence

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Dutch Consulate in Istanbul Cancels Evening After Elections

A group of Dutch inhabitants of Istanbul were supposed to meet at the Dutch consulate to view the results of the elections.  The Consul General advised those who were expected to come to instead watch the results individually at home. One of the employees said that there are difficulties with the security even though the number of Turkish demonstrators at the Consulate has decreased significantly.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Erdogan accuses Dutch of Carrying out Massacre in Srebrenica

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the Netherlands of massacring of 8000 Bosninas in Srebrenica. He said so in a speech televised live. In fact it were however Bosnian Serbs who carried out the mass murder. The Dutch peace keepers failed to protect the Bosnian Muslims and fled Srebrenica. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that Erdogan’s remarks were a “repugnant historical falsehood.”

www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/14/turkish-sanctions-bizarre-as-netherlands-has-more-to-be-angry-about-dutch-pm