A round up of the best stories about the Netherlands and all things Dutch from leading international publications


Thomas Dekker: A doper’s desire for redemption

In Lausanne, Switzerland, Anne Gripper nervously shuffles papers from one end of her desk to another. She looks up at the clock. 10 A.M. exactly. She sighs at the inevitable but grim task she must carry out and picks up the phone. (more…)  More >



Maths class in the morning, turning tricks at lunch

They are still children, only 12 or 13 years old. They fall in love for the first time, at the school gates or on Facebook, and wind up with a pimp. Parents and police are struggling against the hold so-called loverboys have over young girls, but often it's already too late. (more…)  More >


The Odyssey of the Dutch Oil Skimmers

The dance of the Dutch oil skimmers coming to America has been a sight to behold. Slow, cheerless, and saddled with incompetent decisions, their trajectory has slogged through the second US summer holiday with no guarantee of an end in sight. (more…)  More >


Living with the memories of Srebrenica, 15 years on

As he roars around the streets of Srebrenica in his three-tonne, self-built, bright red Hummer, Rob Zomer does not exactly blend in. But then catch wind of his story and it is clear this Dutchman is not one to follow convention. (more…)  More >


Scars of Srebrenica still visible 15 years on

It's been 15 years since the massacre of Srebrenica left thousands of Bosnian Muslims dead. The people on both sides of that conflict are slowly finding common ground now, but the tragedy is never far from their minds. (more…)  More >


Afrikaners for Dutch in WCup because of heritage

For some South Africans, there is still a "home" team to cheer for in the World Cup final. When the Netherlands faces Spain on Sunday at Soccer City, a sizable portion of the Afrikaner population will be watching closely, and mostly because of their Dutch roots. (more…)  More >


Van Marwijk consults Dutch legends

Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk has taken inspiration from the 'Total Football' legends of the past but insists his side cannot be compared with the former Dutch greats. (more…)  More >


Dutch progress and seek sparkle from Robben’s impending return

Two years ago Holland wowed the world as they began Euro 2008 with stunning victories over France and Italy. But they watched the final on television after being knocked out by Russia. This time their players insisted, after becoming the first team to secure a place in the second round of the World Cup, it will be different. (more…)  More >


A sea of orange washes over South Africa

Most Afrikaners here are Dutch by ancestry, but not by sporting priorities. The whites in South Africa are still rugby fans first and foremost, committed loyalists to their Springboks of "Invictus" fame. (more…)  More >



Time to Show the Dutch How Little Wilders Has to Offer

The right-wing populist party of anti-Islam agitator Geert Wilders scored big in the Dutch election. Now the question is whether he will be invited to help form a government. If he is, say German commentators, Dutch voters will finally see how little substance the man actually has. (more…)  More >



Economic Worries Are Central in Dutch Vote

In the first election in a euro-zone country since the European economic crisis, Dutch voters punished the incumbent party in parliamentary elections on Wednesday while seeming to split between opposite poles of the political spectrum, writes the New York Times. (more…)  More >


Governing coalitions of old less likely today

After the Dutch parliamentary election of June 9, the real struggle for power will commence as the political parties seek to form a new governing coalition. The outcome of this painstaking process has become less predictable over the decades. (more…)  More >


Will the real Liberal please stand up

What makes a liberal? The definition differs widely on the two opposite sides of the Atlantic, but even within the tiny Netherlands, political parties bicker over who is really entitled to use the term. (more…)  More >


Dutch Seem Set to Reject Role of Guide

Political light-years ago, let’s say back in March, the name of the next Dutch prime minister was going to be Job Cohen, former mayor of Amsterdam and a Man of the Left depicted as having particular skills in smoothing out tensions between the Dutch and the Muslim immigrants who increasingly populate their large cities. (more…)  More >