AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Friday the government has agreed to send two Patriot missile systems to reinforce Turkey’s air defenses and calm its fears of coming under missile attack, possibly with chemical weapons, from Syria.
As many as 360 personnel will accompany the surface-to-air batteries which can intercept ballistic missiles. It has not yet been decided where near Syria’s border they will be sited.
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The Dutch coastguard said on Thursday it was searching for seven missing crew members of a cargo ship which collided with another vessel and sank in the North Sea the previous evening, killing four people.
The Baltic Ace, a car carrier sailing under a Bahamas flag, collided with the Corvus J, a container ship from Cyprus, on Wednesday, 50 nautical miles from Rotterdam port in a major shipping lane.
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – A cargo ship carrying cars has “almost certainly” sunk after colliding with a container ship in the North Sea on Wednesday evening, and a rescue operation was under way, the Dutch coastguard said.
The collision between the Baltic Ace, a car carrier sailing under a Bahamas flag, and the Corvus J, a container ship from Cyprus, took place about 40-50 km (25-30 miles) from the Dutch port of Rotterdam in an important North Sea shipping lane, coastguard spokesman Peter Verburg said.
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch lawmakers on Tuesday approved the latest bailout for Greece which includes measures to cut its debt load to 124 percent of national output by 2020.
The approval was widely expected as Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s Liberals and his coalition partner, Labour, have a parliamentary majority and both support the deal.
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch group Boskalis (BOSN.AS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the world’s biggest dredger, has offered 682 million euros ($884 million) for maritime transport group Dockwise (DOCKW.AS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), to expand in oil and gas services.
Boskalis, which offered 17.20 euros per Dockwise share – a 61 percent premium, said on Monday HAL Investments (HLAN.AS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), which owns 30 percent of both companies, backed the deal and that Dockwise itself had expressed a “positive attitude”.
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Former Liberian President Charles Taylor should have walked free and not been jailed for war crimes because there was not enough evidence to prove he was guilty beyond reasonable doubt, a judge involved in his trial said in a magazine interview.
Justice Malick Sow’s criticism of how the trial was conducted and of the final decision-making process are likely to be seized on by Taylor’s defence lawyers as part of his appeal.
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Jeroen Dijsselbloem looked set to become the next Dutch finance minister after Prime Minister Mark Rutte summoned the Labor MP, who is expected to back austerity at home and a tough line on euro zone deficit sinners, to a meeting on Thursday.
Dijsselbloem, 46, has been widely tipped to succeed Finance Minister Jan Kees de Jager after Rutte’s Liberals reached a coalition agreement with the Labor Party this week.
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch lender Rabobank said it would stop sponsoring professional cycling teams at the end of this year, because it had lost faith in the ability of cycling’s governing body to clean up the sport following the Lance Armstrong doping scandal.
Rabobank’s decision to end its long association with the sport follows publication of a report by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) last week which the Dutch bank said “spoke volumes” about the extent of the drug problem facing the sport.
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Cash-strapped Europeans are cutting back on decorating, leading Dutch group AkzoNobel (AKZO.AS: Quote, Profile, Research) to take a 2.5 billion euro ($3.2 billion) writedown on its 2008 purchase of Dulux paint maker ICI and plunging it to a quarterly net loss.
The world’s biggest paint manufacturer, which bought Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) for about 8.1 billion pounds ($13 billion), said on Thursday it was looking for more cost cuts on top of the 500 million euros of savings announced last year to cope with weak consumer and construction markets.
AMSTERDAM, Oct 17 (Reuters) – AkzoNobel said its
chief executive, Ton Buechner, who has been on medical leave
since early September, will return to work around the end of the
year, sending shares in the world’s largest paints maker up
nearly 4 percent.
The firm, which also makes performance coatings for cars,
aircraft and ships, as well as specialty chemicals such as those
used in the pulp and paper industry, did not say when it would
be able to update investors on its long-awaited strategy,
originally scheduled for this month, for the next few years.