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Wage rises reach highest level in ten years but are eaten up by inflation

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Pay rises agreed in collective bargaining with unions averaged 2.6% in the previous three months, the biggest rise in 10 years, national statistics agency CBS said. The biggest jump is for people working in the construction sector, where wages will rise by 4%, the CBS said. Hospitality industry wages will go up an average of 3.7%. The CBS warns that ... Read More »

Police fishing around aquarium shipment find liquid cocaine

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An unusual delivery of live fish caught the attention of Amsterdam police hook, line, and sinker. Investigating officers found the aquatic animals swimming around hidden compartments filled with liquid cocaine. It started on Sept. 4 when police officers on stakeout witnessed dozens of boxes being loaded into vans at Schiphol airport. The delivery vehicles left a holding area for animal ... Read More »

Rotterdam man arrested for cocaine trafficking linked to missing person

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A 27-year-old man from Rotterdam was arrested in the investigation into a large batch of cocaine seized at the port of Rotterdam early. The police think that this batch of cocaine may also be linked to the disappearance of Mohamed Anaya, who disappeared from Rotterdam. Customs officers discovered the 720 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a banana shipment from Ecuador ... Read More »

Dutch man cleared of smuggling cocaine into Newlyn

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A man has been cleared of helping to smuggle cocaine with a street value of £130m into Cornwall on a yacht. The Dutch registered Marcia was escorted into Newlyn harbour by UK Border Force last July. Dutchman Emile Schoemaker was not told about the drugs onboard and knew nothing of the smuggling plot, his trial at Bristol Crown Court heard. ... Read More »

Spending power crept up 0.3% last year, despite rise in economic growth

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Spending power rose just 0.3% last year, despite the strong economy which grew 2.7%, according to new figures from national statistics office CBS. The increase in spending power was the lowest since the end of the economic crisis in 2013 and 48% of the population actually had less to spend, the CBS said. People in jobs saw their spending power ... Read More »

Come get your misplaced cocaine, say Rotterdam police

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The Rotterdam police are looking for the person who misplaced a backpack on Witte de Withstraat on Friday night. The backpack contained multiple phones and a “a large amount of cocaine”. The police invite the owner to come pick up his bag. “Come and visit the Doelwater police station”, the Rotterdam police said on Twitter. This was only one of ... Read More »

Thai Court sentenced coffeeshop owner to 75 years in cassation

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Johan van Laarhoven, a Dutch man who used to own coffeeshops The Grass Company in the Netherlands, was sentenced to 75 years in prison in cassation in Thailand. No further appeal is possible against this ruling, making the sentence final, his lawyer said to RTL Nieuws. It is important that the trial in Thailand has now come to an official ... Read More »

Criminal facilitators bust: 6 arrests, over €1.4 mil. in items seized

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In a major investigation into so-called criminal facilitators, the FIOD uncovered a large network of drug, weapons and anabolic steroids traffickers. Six people from Noord-Holland, Zuid-Holland, Utrecht and Flevoland were arrested over the past months. The FIOD seized 450 thousand euros in cash and bank balances, and over a million euros worth of ecstasy, steroids and medicines, AD reports. The ... Read More »

Arrested customs officer linked to second suspected drug transport

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A customs officer who was arrested in for releasing a container with 1,500 kilograms of cocaine inside, is also suspected of helping criminals import a large batch of drugs in at least one other case, the Public Prosecutor said during a pro-forma hearing against Hassan O. on Wednesday, NOS reports. Investigation into O. showed that he released a container through ... Read More »

Dutch athlete arrested in Germany with 13 kilos meth, 43 kilos ecstasy

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A Dutch athlete is currently in custody in Germany after she was caught with a very large amount of drugs and cash on her. Madiea G. was arrested with dozens of kilograms of ecstasy and crystal meth and 12 thousand euros in cash in her car, AD reports. The German court announced on Wednesday that the athlete had 13.19 kilograms ... Read More »

Dutch man arrested in large German dark web drug bust

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The German authorities arrested a total of 11 suspects, including a Dutch national and two persons from Poland, while shutting down Germany’s largest online drug shop called ‘Chemical Revolution’, the General Prosecutor’s Office in Frankfurt announced. The detainees are suspected drug trafficking and other drug related crimes. This investigation was launched with the arrest of a 26-year-old German in the ... Read More »

Drug ring suspected of smuggling 13kg cocaine from Netherlands to Finland

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Police have concluded a pre-trial investigation into a group of smugglers they suspect of importing 13kg of cocaine into Finland from the Netherlands. Police said they seized more than 800g of cocaine during the probe. Police suspect that the cocaine was smuggled from the Netherlands to the southern Finnish city of Tampere. The drug was mainly distributed in Tampere, but ... Read More »

Dutch man arrested in large German dark web drug bust

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The German authorities arrested a total of 11 suspects, including a Dutch national and two persons from Poland, while shutting down Germany’s largest online drug shop called ‘Chemical Revolution’, the General Prosecutor’s Office in Frankfurt announced. The detainees are suspected drug trafficking and other drug related crimes. This investigation was launched with the arrest of a 26-year-old German in the ... Read More »

Biotech firm Galapagos agrees $5bn research deal with Gilead

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Dutch-Belgian biotech company Galapagos has agreed a $5.1bn deal with Gilead Sciences which sees the US group almost double its stake from 12.3% to 22%. The deal includes a $3.95bn upfront payment and $1.1bn equity investment and gives Gilead exclusive access to all current and future compounds produced by Galapagos. Galapagos will use the cash to expand its research activities ... Read More »

Dutch man arrested in large German dark web drug bust

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The German authorities arrested a total of 11 suspects, including a Dutch national and two persons from Poland, while shutting down Germany’s largest online drug shop called ‘Chemical Revolution’, the General Prosecutor’s Office in Frankfurt announced. The detainees are suspected drug trafficking and other drug related crimes. This investigation was launched with the arrest of a 26-year-old German in the ... Read More »

Four Dutch arrested for large-scale ‘designer drug’ trafficking

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Four Dutch persons were arrested in the Netherlands and Croatia last week as part of a major international investigation into large-scale drug trafficking, led by the German police. The Dutch are suspected of delivering psychoactive substances, popularly called designer drugs, to thousands of German buyers, the Dutch police said in a statement. This involved at least 15 thousand shipments, according ... Read More »

Trade disputes lead Dutch central bank to revise down growth forecasts

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The pace of economic growth in the Netherlands is set to slow down slightly and is now projected to reach 1.6% in 2019 and 1.5% next year, the Dutch central bank said on Tuesday in its new half-yearly forecast. Last December the bank put growth at 1.7% this year and in 2020, down from earlier forecasts of 2.2% and 1.9%. ... Read More »

Over a dozen guns seized after tipster calls police for help

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Police dispatched to the scene of a home on Troelstrastraat in Rotterdam found over a dozen guns, some cash, and also a small quantity of drugs and drug paraphernalia. A call to emergency services requesting assistance at the house brought authorities to the scene, and two men took off running when the officers were spotted. One of the two, a ... Read More »

‘Mexican drug cartels pushing crystal meth in Nl, western Europe’

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The police are finding an increasing number of crystal meth labs in the Netherlands. Mexican drug cartels are trying to push the highly-addictive and dangerous drug in Western Europe. So far, crystal meth is not very popular in the Netherlands. “The use and trade of crystal meth in the Netherlands is marginal”, police spokesperson Robbert Salome said to AD. But ... Read More »

Shell Nederland admits paying no tax on profits, due to Dutch system

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Anglo Dutch Oil and gas giant Shell has admitted paying no tax on profits earned in the Netherlands in an interview with current affairs magazine Elsevier. In the interview, Shell Nederland president Marjan van Loon and Alan McLean, the multinational’s executive vice-president taxation, say that even though Shell Nederland makes a profit – €1.3bn in 2017 – the company is ... Read More »