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Romania arrests 3 in Rotterdam art heist

"Three people have been arrested, but unfortunately we have not got back the paintings," Rotterdam police spokeswoman Yvette van den Heerik told the Associated Press.

Art heist in Rotterdam: Picasso, Matisse, Monet paintings stolen from Dutch museum

The Kunsthal exhibition was showcasing the entire works in the Triton Foundation, a collection of avant-garde art, as part of its 20th anniversary.

Netherlands and Finland may stunt EU Summit progress

Fears about the imminent collapse of the European financial system appeared to have subsided somewhat since last week's EU summit — but there could be a big kink in this plan.

'Monster of Riga' Dutch pedophile sentenced to 18 years in jail

The 29-year-old man abused dozens of extremely young children in two Amsterdam nurseries and at homes where he was babysitting, and then posted videos and images of the acts on the Internet.

Netherlands court upholds ban on tourists in pot cafes

Dutch residents will still be allowed to enter any one of the 700 coffee shops across the Netherlands where cannabis is available, but must have valid identification or possibility hold a new ‘weed pass’ which is currently being debated.

Uncertainty in Europe sends markets falling

Last night’s narrow victory for Socialist presidential candidate François Hollande in France and the collapse of budget talks in the Netherlands both contributed to market nerves, as did weak manufacturing data released Monday.

Dutch Roman Catholic church castrated boys in 1950s to 'cure' homosexuality

According to a report published at the weekend by a Dutch newspaper, an 18-year-old man was castrated in 1956 after telling police he was being abused by priests at a Catholic boarding school in the Netherlands.

European Union or U.S. of E?

Everyone hates the capital, states demand rights over their budgets... sounds like America, right?
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Geert Wilders, head of the Dutch Freedom Party, is trying to get the Netherlands out of the euro and back to the guilder. (PHIL NIJHUIS/AFP/Getty Images)

In a different context yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, indulged in a bit cliche mongering, ""If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then what is it?" he asked his audience at AIPAC in connection with Iran's nuclear program.

You could ask the same questions about the European Union - just substitute the phrase "United States of Europe" for duck and you'll get my point.

Less than two working days after EU leaders signed a new fiscal compact limiting annual budget deficits to 3.5 percent of GDP. Individual states are already squawking.


Dutch prince Johan Friso 'may never regain consciousness'

Wolfgang Koller, head of Innsbruck University Hospital’s trauma unit, told a press conference broadcast live on Dutch national TV that it took nearly 50 minutes to reanimate Friso after he was pulled from the snow near the Lech ski resort.

Netherlands: Scientists grow meat for 'test-tube burger'

The lab-grown muscle tissue looks a bit like calamari, according to the BBC.
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