Why Rotterdam Wouldn’t Allow a Bridge to Be Dismantled for Bezos’ Yacht

Why did Rotterdam stand between one of the world’s richest men and his boat? The furious response is rooted in Dutch values.

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At Europe’s Largest Port, Russia Sanctions Meet Their Toughest Test

The Dutch port of Rotterdam and its staff are at the front line of enforcing the European Union’s restrictions on trade with Russia. It’s no easy task.

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A Nazi Soldier Stole a Watch in 1942. It Turned Up 80 Years Later.

The watch, made as a gift in 1910, has been returned to the maker’s family in the Netherlands. It still works.

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Rotterdam to Dismantle Bridge for Jeff Bezos’ Superyacht

The middle section of the Dutch port’s historic Koningshaven Bridge will be temporarily dismantled so that a boat being built for Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, can traverse the city.

#amazon-com-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #bridges-and-tunnels, #rotterdam-netherlands, #sailboats-and-sailing

Mark Rutte, Dutch Prime Minister, Gets Extra Security

Signs of concern for the country’s leader have rattled many in the Netherlands, but experts are split on whether criminal organizations there would really risk targeting politicians.

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Eurovision, Celebrating the Sounds of a Postpandemic Continent

A dancing finger, chained demons and a victory for Italian rockers. But Eurovision, the largest music contest in the world, is more than just weird.

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Second Time Lucky? Eurovision Hopefuls Try Again.

Eurovision acts are known for being one-hit wonders. Can this year’s contestants, most returnees from the canceled 2020 event, break the stereotype?

#europe, #eurovision-song-contest, #music, #pop-and-rock-music, #rotterdam-netherlands

The City Where Cars Are Not Welcome

As automakers promise to get rid of internal combustion engines, Heidelberg is trying to get rid of autos.

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In the Netherlands, a Cartoon in School Leads to Online Threats and an Arrest

Threats against a high school teacher who displayed a political cartoon that supported the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo have alarmed Dutch officials.

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