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.
HONG KONG/AMSTERDAM, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Pan Asian insurer
AIA Group Ltd has agreed to buy ING’s Malaysian
insurance operations for $1.73 billion in cash, handing the
Dutch financial services firm its first deal in a nine-month
drive to sell off Asian assets.
The sale of the Malaysian unit is expected to be followed
soon by the divestment of ING’s Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong
and Thailand units, as the bailed-out Dutch financial firm
offloads assets to repay 10 billion euros ($12.9 billion) in
state aid received during the 2008 financial crisis.
RABAT/AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Morocco on Thursday barred Dutch abortion rights activists from docking their campaign ship to spread awareness about safe abortion methods in a Muslim country that bans the practice.
Women on Waves announced last week its intention to send their ship into the Moroccan port of Smir after visits to traditionally Roman Catholic countries Spain, Portugal and Ireland at the invitation of local women’s groups.
AMSTERDAM, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Dutch Prime Minister Mark
Rutte won a closely contested election as voters handed
pro-European parties a sweeping victory, shunning the radical
fringes and dispelling concerns that eurosceptics could gain
sway in a core euro zone country.
With 96 percent of votes counted, Rutte’s centre-right
Liberals won 41 seats in the 150-member lower house, a slender
two-seat lead over the centre-left Labour Party on 39 seats,
based on results early on Thursday morning.
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch voters handed pro-European parties a sweeping election victory, shunning the radical fringes and dispelling concerns that eurosceptics could gain sway in a core euro zone country.
Preliminary results early on Thursday morning gave caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s centre-right Liberals 41 seats in the 150-member lower house, a slender two-seat lead over the centre-left Labor Party on 39 seats, with over 80 percent of votes counted.
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Mainstream pro-European parties were heading for an unexpectedly clear victory in a Dutch general election on Wednesday, exit polls showed, dispelling concerns that radical eurosceptics would gain sway in a core euro zone country.
An NOS/RTL poll broadcast as soon as voting ended at 9 p.m. (1900 GMT) gave caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s centre-right Liberals 41 seats in the 150-member lower house, a one-seat lead over the centre-left Labor Party on 40.