Each week BNR takes a look at the top stories about the economy, politics and innovation. These are the most important people, events and news stories you should not miss.
Spring has barely arrived and analysts are already looking forward to winter due to concerns about gas supplies. The increase in long-term gas contracts shows that concerns surrounding gas supplies are far from over. Therefore, it is in the interests of Western countries to reduce their dependence on Russian fuel as soon as possible.
Leaked documents available to the BBC show that Western soldiers are active in Ukraine, including Dutch soldiers. The MoD is characteristically cautious and will not “confirm or deny” the rumors.
The documents made headline news all week. Prominent details were also revealed about arms transfers from Egypt and Serbia to Russia and Ukraine, respectively. It turned out that behind the leak was a man in his twenties who was eventually arrested.
“The ruling is not in the interest of those who live in the vicinity of Schiphol,” Foreign Minister Mark Harpers said of the court’s ruling preventing the airport from shrinking. According to the judge, the company did not take the correct measures to force the downturn. The foreign minister disagrees.
Van der Plas and Timmermans Nitrogen Conversation
This was also in anticipation of the conversation between BoerBurgerBeweging leader Caroline van der Plas and European Commissioner Frans Pope Timmermans. Before that, the farm director and European climate pope seemed miles away. But van der Plas cautiously left out of the conversation that she should not necessarily expect a “no” from Brussels. “At least, not always.”
Not every geopolitical conflict is fought with bombs and grenades. Chinese web giant Alibaba comes up with its own alternative to ChatGPT. This makes artificial intelligence look like a geopolitical struggle between China and the United States.
Macron in the Netherlands
The arrival of French President Emmanuel Macron in the Netherlands came last week. The core of the visit was Europe’s position in the international arena. “He insisted that Europe should develop its own technology, mine its own raw materials, and that our defense should be able to stand on its own two feet,” explains European correspondent Stefan de Vries.
Former ING CEO Ralph Hammers was already a much-discussed person for leaving UBS, but this week the former CEO got another spin in the media. Hammers was reprimanded by the Appeals Committee of the Banking Disciplinary Tribunal for the 2018 plan to increase his bonus by half. According to the Appeals Committee, Hammers and the supervisory directors damaged confidence in the banking system.
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