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Global memories: an expat archive

The Expatriate Archive Centre in The Hague is preserving a global memory of expat lives, writes Molly Quell.

Economist: The MH17 crisis: a wake-up call

Like most of Europe, the Netherlands went along half-heartedly with efforts to impose retaliatory sanctions on Moscow, and among the Dutch public there was a tendency to treat the Ukrainian conflict as an ethnolinguistic clash or a Russian-American power contest.

I Slept Next to the Wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

Journalist Olaf Koens' experiences on the crash site in Ukraine

NYT: The Problem With Collective Grief

The Dutch mourn flight 17's victims in their own sober way.

Independent: The Golden Age of Dutch art has inpired writers from Marcel Proust to Donna Tartt

Just as Tracy Chevalier pilfered Vermeer's 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' and Proust purloined the artist's 'View of Delft', so Donna Tartt appropriated Fabritius's 'The Goldfinch' – set to be Booker-longlisted this week – as her inspiration.

Social Europe Journal: Did the Dutch start the end of social Europe?

The Dutch government’s recent announcement that the welfare state will be substituted by an undefined “participative society” may be the news story of the year — or at least deserves to be. No doubt the headlines oversimplify as usual. But the alarm is sounding.

10 Dutch theme parks

The Efteling is the eighth best amusement park in Europe, according to Tripadvisor travellers. Here is the Netherlands by Numbers list of 10 Dutch theme parks.

NYT: Dutch Higher Education Policy Refocuses on Quality

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — When the Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, was deputy minister of education, from 2004 to 2006, the government was committed to the so-called Lisbon Strategy, which aimed to make the European Union a competitive knowledge economy.

Guardian: How Louis van Gaal made the Dutch believe

The Manchester United-bound coach has made his nation, dismissed as no-hopers before the tournament, confident they can lose their bridesmaids’ tag and win the World Cup

Six tips to unveil your leadership potential

Up for a challenge? Here are six tips to unlease your leadership potential, by Nyenrode's Christo Nel. (Sponsored feature)

Wall Street Journal: Why the USA should support the Netherlands

Historic bonds between the two countries should have the Jankes - er, Yankees - supporting the Netherlands.

The Netherlands' hidden holiday gems

If an exotic foreign holiday is a bit beyond your budget this year and you’re still digging around for something closer to home, then look no further: Esther O’Toole has dug up some hidden treasures for you.

NYT: Awakening the 'Dutch Gene' of Water Survival

NOORDWIJK, the Netherlands — Along a rugged, wide North Sea beach here on a recent day, children formed teams of eight to 10, taking their places beside mounds of sand carefully cordoned by candy-cane striped tape. They had one hour for their sand castle competition.

Guardian: Louis van Gaal unites Holland by putting winning first

Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben have embraced their coach’s counterattacking style but Holland must reach the semi-finals to keep Johan Cruyff and the other critics at bay.

Video: House of Cards Amsterdam

Ernstjan van Doorn took three weeks in his spare time to make this 'House of Cards Amsterdam' time-lapse opening sequence.

Guardian: Pearl of a museum: Vermeer shines among Dutch icons in new Mauritshuis

A dramatic yet tasteful refurbishment allows The Hague's fine collection of golden age Dutch art – including Girl with a Pearl Earring and Fabritius's Goldfinch – to seduce and intrigue.

Daily Mail: Anne Frank's diary brought to life

  Anne Frank's diary has been brought to life in a multimillion pound theatrical production.      

Fortune: Why the Dutch government is courting Brooklyn hipsters

New York City’s most populous borough is also emerging as a desirable place to do business.

ABC News: Ultimate selfie? Dutch F-16 pilot snaps pics on 787 escort

A Dutch F-16 pilot with a GoPro captured some incredible selfies as the team of F-16s escorted the country's first Dreamliner into Dutch airspace.

TBI Vision: What next in the Netherlands?

From Big Brother to The Voice via Deal or No Deal and Splash! Dutch producers have proved time and again that they know how to construct an international television hit.

Al Jazeera America: Team profile: Netherlands

The Oranje, 2010's runner-up, is aging and declining, but coach Louis van Gaal could devise a surprise

The Bleacher Report: Predicting a Route to World Cup Glory for the Netherlands

After beating Brazil in the quarter-final and Uruguay in the semi-final, the Netherlands reached the final of the World Cup in 2010. There, they lost against Spain, but nonetheless, the Dutch look back at their effort in 2010 with pride. 

WSJ: EU to Investigate Corporate Tax Codes in Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands

European Union regulators are preparing to open a formal investigation into corporate-tax regimes in Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands on Wednesday, according to a person familiar with the matter, amid concerns that multinational companies such as Apple Inc. enjoy sweeter tax deals than are permitted under EU law.

Al Jazeera America: Orange, black and the complicated legacy of Dutch soccer

They were an intimidating bunch of men. About 40 of them, loudly singing unintelligible chants, convinced that nobody and nothing could stand in their way.

Bloomberg News: Dutch Seek Safeguard Law Against Telecoms Acquisitions

The Dutch government plans to create a law that will safeguard national security if a local telecommunications operator such as Royal KPN NV receives a takeover approach, Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp told parliament.

Groningen earthquakes: 'When does it stop?'

Karim Al Amin, a student at the Danish school of media and journalism in Aarhus, investigated the Groningen quakes for his final project. Here is his story.

Guardian: 25 stunning World Cup moments - Dennis Bergkamp's wonder goal

On 4 July 1998 the Dutch forward took three divine touches, scored the perfect goal and sent Holland into the semi-finals

Guardian: 25 stunning World Cup moments - Frank Rijkaard and Rudi Völler

When Holland faced Germany it was always ‘problematic’, never more so than at Italia 90 when two rivals clashed.

Guardian: 25 stunning World Cup moments - the Cruyff turn

When Johan Cruyff sold Jan Olsson the mother of all dummies with the subtlest of swerves, the Dutch captain’s signature move became world-famous as the enduring symbol of Total Football.

Dutch Students To Build Gaudí's Sagrada Familia From Ice

A team of students from Eindhoven University are to build a forty metre high model ofAntonio Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia. The project, which follows the completion of the world’s biggest ice dome last year, will be constructed from pykrete and reinforced with wood fibres. 

The Washington Post: In which Barack Obama and the Queen of the Netherlands share a few photogenic laughs

President Obama attended the 70th commemoration of D-Day today in Ouistreham, France, where he apparently told a very good joke. He hung out with Queen Maxima of the Netherlands during part of the event, and they likely made all the other international leaders jealous with all the fun they had.

Venture Beat: The Dutch want gaming startups to sprout like tulips

The United States gave gamers Call of Duty. Japan gave us Mario. Finland gave us Angry Birds. What will the Dutch game developers give us?

Hidden like Anne Frank: children who survived WWII tell their stories

Anne Frank and her diary are a symbol of the Holocaust, but many other children also went into hiding and some survived World War II.

Independent.IE: It is time to enjoy a touch of Dutch in Kenmare

Fomer Dutch owners have given this house a real European feel. 

Dutch Beatlemania 50 years on

On June 6, 1964, in an auction hall in the Dutch village of Blokker, four musicans played two concerts – each lasting only about 25 minutes – and caused a national sensation, writes Tracy Brown Hamilton.

Video: Amsterdam in black and white

Black and white Amsterdam street photography, from the Cities in Monochrome project.

The New York Times: Building 'Conflict-Free' Smartphones

 Founded in Amsterdam early last year, Fairphone is a smartphone maker with a difference. Its handset incorporates some technological advances — for example a dual SIM card option that allows it to work simultaneously with two providers and two numbers — but the company has no ambition to rival Apple or Samsung.

Reuters: Dutch start operation to raise Baltic Ace car carrier

Dutch companies have started a weeks-long operation to raise the Baltic Ace car carrier, which collided with a cargo ship in 2012, killing 11 crew and sending 1,400 cars to the bottom of the North Sea, the government said on Tuesday.

Sydney Morning Herald: Going Dutch in style

If you didn't know it was there, you could easily miss it. Located just beyond the Royal Palace and divided by the canal belt is a small grid of side streets that is home to Amsterdam's best boutique shopping district, the Nine Streets. Renowned for its concentration of Dutch designers, vintage clothing and pop-up boutiques, the area was once the treasured shopping secret of locals, fashionistas and hotel concierges.

PC Mag: Dutch Scientists Achieve Quantum Teleportation Breakthrough

We may not have Star Trek-esque transporter technology any time soon—or ever—but Dutch researchers this week reported a breakthrough in the quantum teleportation of information, opening the door to a potential revolution in computing and networking.

The Economist: Johnson: Spreek je Dutch?

The signs at the airport should be reassuring. Welcome to the Netherlands! What could be easier to figure out? Dutch has been rightly described as between German and English, which means that while all three are closely related west Germanic languages, Dutch is closer to English. (Frisian, spoken on a string of islands along the coast, is even closer.) 

New York Times: A National Team Without a Country

The 18 Eritrean refugees arrived in this picturesque, blue-collar Dutch city 20 miles east of Rotterdam earlier this month looking for safety, security and, finally, after 18 months of fear and uncertainty in two refugee camps on two continents, a home. 

Dutch artists chart emotional map of Philly

Dutch artists Esther Polak and Ivar van Bekkum are visiting Philadelphia for the first time. Instead of using maps to find a good restaurant or learn the history of an old building, the couple from The Netherlands are creating their own subjective map of the city.

Seattle Times: Going Dutch in Holland's countryside

Today my longtime Dutch friends, Hans and Marjet, are driving me to polder country — the vast fields reclaimed from the sea where cows graze, tiny canals function as fences, and only church spires and windmills interrupt the horizon.

Architectural Digest: A Historic Manor on Lush Gardens in The Netherlands

With a history stretching back to 1250, Landfort House is set in a 120-acre nature preserve managed by a national trust, the Geldersch Landshcap and Kasteelen Foundation.

Vermeer's Girl with a Lego Earring in Amsterdam

Childhood memories, art and engineering come together in the new Lego exhibition in Amsterdam, writes Ana McGinley.

Bloomberg: Bitcoin Grabs Dutch Fancy as Bankers Mull New Technology

The Netherlands, birthplace of the world’s first stock exchange and the pioneering Dutch East India Company, is now home to banks with an unusually open mind about bitcoin

Netherlands by Numbers: 10 reasons why the Dutch women are hot favourites for the hockey World Cup

Blog Netherlands by Numbers has been looking at why the Dutch are so good at field hockey - ahead of the World Cup which takes place in The Hague over the next two weeks.

Reuters: World Cup 2014 - Dutch fit and raring to go

Dutch coach Louis van Gaal expressed his satisfaction with the fitness of his squad as they continue with their World Cup preparations and said he had already decided on the bulk of his selection for Brazil.

Daily Mail: Dutch cheese that keeps English tradition rolling

Competitors will chase Gouda down hill in historic race after British makers were threatened by health and safety zealots.

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