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


From the left, a call to end the current Dutch notion of tolerance

Two years ago, the Dutch could quietly congratulate themselves on having brought what seemed to be a fair measure of consensus and reason to the meanest intersection in their national political life: the one where integration of Muslim immigrants crossed Dutch identity. (more…)  More >


Krol, a Dutch legend in Africa

The Dutch 'total football' maestros of 1974 are popular choices as the most talented side not to emerge victorious at a FIFA World Cup™. And a vital cog in the famous Oranje machine, alongside Johan Neeskens, Johnny Rep and the inimitable Johan Cruyff, was the dashing left-back Ruud Krol. (more…)  More >



Dutch and British: beef up EU Zimbabwe sanctions

The Dutch and British governments want tougher EU sanctions against Zimbabwe in an attempt to pressure President Robert Mugabe into sharing power with the opposition, the Dutch Foreign Minister said Thursday. (more…)  More >



Sex education: why the British should go Dutch

Britain's Schools Minister plans to introduce sex lessons for five-year-olds. They already have them in the Netherlands. Is that why they also have the lowest teenage pregnancy rate in Europe? (more…)  More >




A touch of the Dutch Golden Age

If you had the money to begin collecting the greatest of the Dutch old masters, the targets at the top of your list would most likely be Rembrandt and Vermeer. Back in the 18th century, however, the talents we admire so much today were looked down upon as also-rans. Instead, you'd be shopping for such unfamiliar names as Adam Pynacker, Nicolaes Berchem and Aelbert Cuyp. (more…)  More >



Dutch outcry over naming giant ship after Nazi

It ought to be a proud milestone in the Dutch seafaring heritage — the construction of a new ship its owner claims will be the world's largest. But there's one problem: its name. (more…)  More >


Dutch backpacker defies politics to invest in Iran

Sebastian Straten is going against the flow. As some Western corporations pack up and mothball projects in Iran under pressure of sanctions, the entrepreneurial Dutchman is preparing for the day when tourists flock to the Islamic state. (more…)  More >


Science in search of the top banana

To get it to market ripe but unblemished by brown sugar spots takes careful timing, a slight fiddling with nature's rhythms and a delivery system that is increasingly computer-driven and technical. (more…)  More >




Partying Helps Power a Dutch Nightclub

If you felt that the atmosphere in the new hip Club Watt was somehow electric, you would be right: Watt has a new type of dance floor that harvests the energy generated by jumps and gyrations and transforms it into electricity. (more…)  More >


Dutch political parties to be made more accountable

Following in the wake of a damning report from the European Council on the Dutch government’s funding of political parties published earlier this year, the Dutch government is working on a new set of rules which should increase accountability and bring the Netherlands into line with the rest of Europe. (more…)  More >


Small investors learn the lessons of Fortis carve-up

It is hard not to feel sympathy for the thousands of Fortis small shareholders who are all joining forces to file multiple lawsuits against the management and directors of the banking and insurance group, and against the Belgian and Dutch governments. (more…)  More >


Dutch factory farms could move to the city

There are 200 huge livestock ‘factory’ farms in the Netherlands and in ten years’ time this will have increased to over one thousand. But this is not necessarily bad news for animal welfare or the environment. (more…)  More >


Parliament urged to get tough on Wilders

Geert Wilders, leader of the populist PVV, uses parliamentary debate to spew out blatant racism, in flagrant defiance of the normal standards in parliament. (more…)  More >