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





Operation Easy Chair, or how a little company in Holland helped the CIA bug the Russians

Operation Easy Chair, or how a little company in Holland helped the CIA bug the Russians

The Correspondent is a Dutch online journalism platform which is funded by subscription only. They produce the odd piece in English, and this is one of them. In it, the website's surveillance correspondent Maurits Martijn uncovered this never-before-told CIA story involving the US, the USSR and the Dutch – yes, the Dutch – who it turns out played a clandestine role in the Cold War.  More >


Britain needs a Dutch-style Delta plan to stem the tide of floods

Britain needs a Dutch-style Delta plan to stem the tide of floods

When more than 1,800 people died in the wake of the 1953 North Sea flood in the Netherlands, the national reaction was: never again. The resulting Delta programme to close off the south-western river delta from the sea was so bold that its name became synonymous with dealing with a crisis.  More >


Dutch city plans to pay all citizens a ‘basic income’

Dutch city plans to pay all citizens a ‘basic income’

It’s an idea whose adherents over the centuries have ranged from socialists to libertarians to far-right mavericks. It was first proposed by Thomas Paine in his 1797 pamphlet, Agrarian Justice, as a system in which at the “age of majority” everyone would receive an equal capital grant, a “basic income” handed over by the state to each and all, no questions asked, to do with what they wanted.  More >


Touring Europe in the footsteps of Van Gogh

Touring Europe in the footsteps of Van Gogh

A few months ago, I stood at the corner of a busy roundabout called Place Lamartine, across from the Roman gates leading into Arles in southern France, on a spot that was pivotal in the life of Vincent van Gogh.  More >



Dutch perceptions of inflow by foreigners skewed

Dutch perceptions of inflow by foreigners skewed

It’s an indication of the enormous gap between perception and reality when it comes to potentially explosive issues such as immigration that a new survey in the Netherlands shows EU migrants making up just 3 per cent of the country’s benefit claimants at the end of 2014.  More >





Zwarte Piet, as seen through the eyes of an American film maker

Zwarte Piet, as seen through the eyes of an American film maker

A week before the Sinterklaas festivities on December 5, global news channel CNN is digging into the Zwarte Piet controversy with a short documentary. Blackface was made by Oscar-winning documentary maker Roger Ross Williams who said his friends in America had been shocked the first time they saw a photograph of Sinterklaas’ helper.  More >




The fly Dutchman

The fly Dutchman

According to the Economist rapper Ali B is the 'hopeful side of the Dutch integration story', but is it enough to stop Wilders from gaining a majority in the next elections?  More >




Enough to make Her Majesty blush!

Enough to make Her Majesty blush!

Royal Collection Trust conservators find that a painting titled A Village Fair with a Church Behind, painted by Isack van Ostade in 1643 has been hiding from view something too rude for delicate royal eyes.   More >