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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.