– Dutch Central Bank To Move Its Gold From Amsterdam To A Former Military Air Base:
Nearly two years after the Netherlands made waves in the gold market when it announced that it had secretly repatriated 122 tons of physical gold from the New York Fed, this morning there was another surprising announcement out of the Dutch central bank which said is was planning to move the country’s gold reserves from the centre of Amsterdam to land owned by the defence ministry near Zeist. According to a statement by the bank, the security measures necessary to guard the gold are a problem for both staff and visitors, and as a result it would transfer the assets to a safer location.
Gold stored in the central bank vaults. Photo: DNB
The aim is to move the gold to the new location, Camp New Amsterdam, at the beginning of 2022. The new complex, dubbed the Cash Centre, will also be used to sort and distribute bank notes and to hunt for fake cash. Continue reading »
Tags: EU, Europe, Global News, Gold, Government, Holland, Military, Politics
– ING plan to cut 7,000 jobs, spend on digital draws union ire:
ING Groep’s plans to shed 7,000 jobs and invest in its digital platforms to make annual savings of 900 million euros ($1 billion) by 2021, drew swift criticism from unions of the Netherlands’ largest financial services company on Monday.
The layoffs represent slightly less than 12 percent of ING’s 52,000 workforce because nearly 1,000 are expected to come at suppliers rather than the bank itself.
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Tags: Banking, Economy, Global News, Holland
– Largest Dutch Bank To Fire Thousands:
One day after Germany’s second largest lender confirmed reports of a massive restructuring when it announced it would lay off nearly 10,000 employees, or about 20% of its entire workforce while slashing the bank’s dividend for the rest of the year, the Dutch newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad reported that ING Groep, the largest Netherlands lender, will announce thousands of job cuts at its investor day on Monday. Continue reading »
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– Turkish migrant gang ATTACKS locals during reign of terror across entire Dutch city:
SHOCKING attacks have ripped through a quiet Dutch city as a mob of Turkish youths terrorised locals
The terrifying attacks have been filmed by the twisted gang of migrants around the city of Zaandam.For months now, migrant youths have uploaded videos of themselves beating up random citizens and even intimidating police officers.In one shocking clip last weekend, the gang can be seen relentlessly chasing after and attacking local Dutch civilians. Continue reading »
Tags: EU, Europe, Global News, Government, Holland, Migrant Crisis, Politics, Society
– Geert Wilders: Close All Mosques In The Netherlands:
Leader of Netherlands’ most popular party Geert Wilders has proposed a closure of all Mosques in the country and a total ban on the Koran ahead of the 2017 general election.
Leader of the populist Party for Freedom (PVV) Geert Wilders has proposed the most radical anti-Islamisation platform for any party in European politics. Wilders, whose PVV are currently top of all major polls in the Netherlands, has declared that the new platform for the party ahead of the general elections in 2017 will include the plan to close all Mosques in the country and place a ban on the Islamic holy book, the Koran. Wilders claims that the move is to counter the Islamisation he sees ongoing in the country reports Belgian paper Demorgen. Continue reading »
Tags: EU, Europe, Geert Wilders, Global News, Government, Holland, Migrant Crisis, Politics, Society
– Historically coldest August night on record in The Netherlands:
Zero degrees C on the ground in Twente on 11 Aug.
Bijna vorst aan de grond in TwenteOn Wednesday night the mercury in Twente dropped to 0 degrees. This is unique, because never anywhere in the country at this time of year has the temperature dropped to freezing.
According to Weather Online, in the period from 20 July to 21 August there has never been reported frost on the ground. Last night this record was almost broken.
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Tags: Environment, Global News, Holland
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“It may be the title of the latest Hollywood frightened series, but it is also an appropriate title for the pandemic hitting Europe…….CONTAGION…..”
– Civil Uprising Escalates As 8th EU Nation Threatens Referendum:
It appears, just as we warned, that Brexit was indeed the first of many dominoes. Even before the Brexit result, a poll by Ipsos Mori showed that the majority of people in France and Italy want to at least have a referendum on leaving:
Meanwhile, over 40% of Swedes, Poles, and Belgians are in the same boat.
But now, as Martin Armstrong notes, Brussels simply went too far. They cross the line moving from an economic union to a political subordination of Europe. Now eight more countries want to hold referendums to exit the EU – France, Holland, Italy, Austria, Finland, Hungary, Portugal, and Slovakia all could leave.
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Tags: Austria, Brexit, EU, Europe, Finland, France, Global News, Government, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Politics, Portugal, Slovakia, U.K.
– Netherlands says calls to boycott Israel allowed under freedom of speech:
Calls to boycott Israel are covered by the right to free speech, Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders has announced, upholding the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) Movement’s right to operate in Netherlands despite Israel’s objections.
“Statements or meetings concerning BDS are protected by freedom of expression and freedom of assembly, as enshrined in the Dutch Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights,” Koenders said during a debate on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the Dutch parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee in The Hague. He was answering questions recently posed by Green Left MP Rik Grashoff concerning Israel’s threats against BDS activists. Continue reading »
Tags: EU, Europe, Global News, Government, Holland, Israel, Politics
– Denmark, Belgium, Now The Netherlands: Negative Mortgage Rates Spread Across Europe:
In early 2015, after seeing a staggering $1.4 trillion in Euro area government debt trade at negative interest rates (the number has since grown to $6 trillion) we wondered when the bailout of insolvent governments was going to make its way to other debtors. Our question was quickly answered when we found that a negative rate mortgage had been issued by Nordea Credit, a bank in Denmark. Recently, even the WSJ finally stumbled on this bizarre inversion of traditional borrower obligations.
We noted at the time that this this was the first of many such paradoxes, as eventually more and more banks would begin to fall in line with ECB expectations and lend at slightly negative (at first, then progressively more negative) rates, rather than lose even more money as a result of leaving cash in the ECB deposit facility.
This is just the beginning: according the Danish media outlet, as a result of variable-refinancing, as recently as a week from now “a greater share of customers could have a negative rate.” Continue reading »
Tags: Banking, Belgium, Denmark, Economy, Global News, Holland, Mortgages
– EU Countries Launch Shock Rebellion against Glyphosate Herbicides:
The Netherlands and Sweden have joined France on Saturday in coming out strongly against the re-licensing of glyphosate-based herbicides in Europe. The remarkable rebellion against the World’s most used herbicide is likely to delay the expected March 8 EU vote by member countries on the re-licensing of the chemical.
Public pressure against glyphosate in countries across Europe has been intense, with nearly 1.5 million people petitioning the EU’s health commissioner, Vytenis Andriukaitis, for a ban on the substance, the Guardian reported. Continue reading »
Tags: EU, Europe, France, Global News, Glyphosate, Government, Holland, Roundup, Roundup Ready, Sweden
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– Asielzoekers raken slaags met hulpverleners:
ZAANDAM – Tientallen bewoners van het asielzoekerscentrum in Zaandam keerden zich afgelopen nacht tegen ambulancebroeders en politie. Aanleiding voor het geweld was een zelfmoordpoging van een asielzoeker.
– Asylum seekers come to blows with rescuers:
ZAANDAM – Dozens of residents of the refugee center in Zaandam turned last night against paramedics and police. The reason for the violence was a suicide attempt by an applicant.
According Noordhollands Dagblad the ambulance crew was called because an applicant had injured himself with a large knife. To treat him the brothers wanted to bring the man to the ambulance, but the residents wanted to do this myself against the wishes of the ambulance personnel. It got out of hand, when the police became involved. Continue reading »
Tags: Crime, EU, Europe, Global News, Holland, Migrant Crisis
– Caught On Tape: 1,000 Dutch Villagers Storm Town Hall In Anti-Migrant Melee:
As regular readers are by now acutely aware, Europeans are growing increasingly frustrated with officials’ response to the bloc’s worst refugee crisis since World War II.
To be sure, some countries were skeptical from the very beginning. Take Hungary for example, whose firebrand PM Viktor Orban built a series of migrant-be-gone fences late last summer and defended them with tear gas and water cannons.
Be that as it may, most Europeans were willing to give refugees the benefit of the doubt. That began to change after attacks on Paris killed some 130 people in November and sentiment took a decisive turn for the worst earlier this month when scores of sexual assaults allegedly perpetrated by men of “Arab origin” on New Year’s Eve created a bloc-wide scandal. Continue reading »
Tags: EU, Europe, Global News, Government, Holland, Migrant Crisis, Politics
Anyway, speaking of wearing skirts, here’s one way to keep the rapists at “arm’s length” …
Hundreds of men have taken to the streets of Amsterdam to express their solidarity with the victims of sex attacks that hit the German city of Cologne and other places in Europe on New Year’s Eve.
The demonstrators braved the January cold in the Dutch capital, marching in mini-skirts, accompanied by female protesters, too. Continue reading »
Tags: Abuse, Cologne, Crime, Germany, Global News, Holland, Migrant Crisis, Rape, Sex
And Jean-Claude Juncker wouldn’t lie to you, or would he?
– Juncker: “Dutch ‘NO’ Vote Will Lead To A Big Continental Crisis”:
Juncker: ‘Dutch “NO” will result in big continental crisis’
In April the Dutch people will vote on the European-Ukraine association treaty. In an interview with the NRC, a Dutch leading newspaper, Juncker warned the Dutch voters a “NO” will lead to a big continental crisis. “Russia and anti European movements will profit from a Dutch No, the Dutch has to vote yes for reasons not related to the treaty, the Dutch should act like an European strategist” according to Mr Juncker.
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Tags: EU, Europe, Global News, Government, Holland, Jean-Claude Juncker, Politics
– Driving instructors ‘may offer lessons in return for sex’, Netherlands government confirms:
It’s been noted that web searches for driving lessons in exchange for sex, or ‘a ride for a ride’ as the practice has been dubbed, have recently increased in popularity.
Tags: EU, Europe, Global News, Holland, Sex, Society
– Dutch Refusal to Reveal MH17 Crash Documents ‘Confirms Western Involvement’ (Sputnik, Aug 14, 2015):
The Dutch government’s refusal to unseal information regarding the actions of the Cabinet in the aftermath of the MH17 flight crash indicates Western countries’ involvement, Christopher Black, a prominent Canadian international criminal lawyer, told Sputnik on Friday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier, Dutch television news service RTL Nieuws made a request under the Freedom of Information Act for details about the actions of Dutch authorities in the wake of the Malaysia Airlines crash in southeastern Ukraine, which was refused by the Ministry of Security and Justice.
“The fact that they refuse to release the report indicates that the report would point to the West being involved, or the Ukrainians at least, in the shoot-down of that plane,” Black said.
The lawyer added that the Dutch government would have released that report weeks ago if they had proof that Russia or Donbass militias were involved in the MH17 crash. Continue reading »
Tags: Global News, Government, Holland, MH-17, Politics, Russia, Ukraine
– Chance of frost in the Netherlands (Ice Age Now, July 9, 2015):
Frost on the ground in July is a rarity.
9 July 2015 – A rare cold night in July with minimums between 5 and 10 degrees and very local as possible frost on the ground!
The lowest temperatures are expected over the sandy areas in the center and east of Brabant, the Veluwe and Twente, reports Weather Plaza. Frost on the ground in July is a rarity. In the past 45 years it was only five times previously. Continue reading »
Tags: Environment, Global News, Holland
– Record cold in the Netherlands (Ice Age Now, June 7, 2015):
In Twente and Noord-Brabant weather records were broken between Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Since measurements began in 1951, it has never been so cold on June 7, reported weather bureau Meteo Group.
Sunday morning it was Twente minus 2.2 degrees Celsius. In Brabant came to freeze to the ground, albeit narrowly by 0.2 degrees.
Tags: Environment, Global News, Holland
– NATO & allies stage thousands-strong drills across Europe (RT, May 4, 2015):
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– Insider Exposed NEW WORLD ORDER Plans In 1969 (MP3 & Transcipt)
“Pornography, violence and obscenity on TV and in movies will be increased. People will be desensitized to violence and porn and made to feel life is short, precarious and brutish.”
– Dr Richard Day
– Dutch Central Banker Fired For Being A “Nazi Cross-Dressing, Nymphomaniac, Dominatrix” Prostitute (ZeroHedge, April 16, 2015):
They say don’t let money printing get to your head, but for one now former central banker it is far too late.
The identity of the former employee of the Dutch Central Bank in question is unknown, what is known is that the money authority of the Netherlands has fired a 46-year-old female employee who for 6 of her 8 years with the central bank made money on the side as a “dominatrix prostitute who described herself as a high-class nymphomaniac and earned €10,000 a week dressing up as a Nazi and whipping men.”
While her real name remains unknown (although having worked previously for both ABN-AMRO and ING Bank it is only a matter of time before her ex-colleagues identify her) her “professional name” is public: Conchita van der Waal, as is her motto: “the kinkier the better”. Her role at the Dutch Central Bank is also unknown but according to the Irish Times she had a “supervisory” role. Continue reading »
Tags: Banking, Central Bank, Economy, EU, Europe, Global News, Holland, Prostitution, Sex
– Germany’s Bundesbank Resumes Gold Repatriation; Transfers 120 Tonnes Of Physical Gold From Paris And NY Fed
– Gold Held In NY Fed Vault Drops To Lowest In 21st Century After Biggest Monthly Withdrawal Since 2001
– The Mystery Deepens: Dutch Central Bank Denies Reports It Bought Gold For The First Time In 17 Years (ZeroHedge, Jan 27, 2015):
Overnight, there was much commotion in the precious metal space when, out of the blue, the IMF reported that months after announcing it had unexpectedly repatriated over 120 tons of gold from the NY Fed, the Netherlands had also purchased some 10 tons of gold in the open market, taking its total to 622 metric tons, the highest since 2007, a period in which it had been unchanged for 8 years.
This was promptly reported by both Reuters:
The Netherlands added to its gold reserves for the first time since 1998 as the ninth-biggest holder boosted assets to the highest in seven years, while Russia bought for a ninth month, International Monetary Fund data show.
Bullion reserves in the Netherlands climbed to 20 million ounces or 622 metric tons in December, the highest since 2007, after being unchanged at 19.7 million ounces from December 2008 through November, the IMF’s website showed. Russia, with the fifth-biggest hoard, held 38.8 million ounces last month, the most in at least two decades, the data show. Continue reading »
Tags: Economy, EU, Europe, Global News, Gold, Holland, IMF
– World Reserve Currencies: What Happened During Previous Periods Of Transition? (Economic Reason, Aug 11, 2014):
The decline of the US dollar hegemony is ever so clear today and this article aims to provide the reader with what exactly happened during past periods of reserve currency transitions. Historically, when a reserve currency transitioned over to a new one, it marked a pivotal change for the world. The economic paradigm shifted and the rules of the game changed. This time will be no different when the US dollar loses its status as the reserve currency!
The transition process of the world reserve currency brings much uncertainty
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– Europe Agrees To Disagree Over New Russian Sanctions (ZeroHedge, July 22, 2 014):
As usual, Europe is talking out of both sides of its mouth (or other orifices). On the one hand, we are told:
- EU foreign ministers failed to agree new sanctions against Russia at a Brussels meeting
And on the other hand:
- Dutch minister says EU imposing new sanctions on officials over Russia
So – which is it Europe? Continue reading »
Tags: Economy, EU, Europe, Germany, Global News, Government, Holland, Politics, Russia, U.K.
– ‘Public has no idea how NATO spends money’: Dutch auditors call for more transparency (RT, June 11, 2014):
Dutch auditors claim NATO member states – which contribute to the organization’s budget from a combined $1 trillion in defense spending – are largely unaware of how these funds are being spent, as most of the alliance’s expenditures remain classified.
For decades the accounting records of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which marked its 65th anniversary in April, remained largely ‘blotted out’ as classified, leaving billions of NATO dollars unaccounted for, claim auditors from the Netherlands. Continue reading »
Tags: EU, Europe, Global News, Government, Holland, Military, Politics
– Massive Explosion Rocks Shell Oil Production Plant In The Netherlands (ZeroHedge, May 3, 2014):
Moments ago a massive explosion, accompanied by a raging fire seen from miles away, occurred at a Shell Oil production plant in Moerdijk, Netherlands, reports the Omroep Brabant. Two “enormously loud bangs” were reported by bystanders. Bystanders reported a pink flash of light followed by flames that were meters high. According to a Dutch reporter, the explosion shook the neighborhood houses as if an earthquake occurred. Marieke van Wijk of the Safety Mid and West Brabant reports that the fire occurred during an exchange of services.
“The blaze is pretty intense and the smoke goes straight up. Hazardous substances are igniting high in the air. “Stay at least always the smoke,” adds the municipality of Moerdijk.
No evacuation of local residents has been ordered so hopefully the damage is contained.
This is what the facility looked like before the accident:
And this is what it looks like right now: Continue reading »
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