Features June 2012
CycleNews: Preview: The Dutch Grand Prix
A three-race-in-a-row run gets rolling this weekend for the MotoGP boys as they head to Assen and the historic Circuit van Drenthe for the Saturday running of the Dutch Grand Prix.
Reuters: Dull Dutch bank blooms as rivals hit by debt crisis
(Reuters) - As most banks reel from the euro zone debt crisis and a wave of ratings downgrades, unlisted Netherlands lender Rabobank - known for old-fashioned businesses like funding the Dutch tulip trade - has blossomed by making a virtue out of being boring.
It’s party politics time
On September 12, the Dutch will go to the polls to elect a new parliament. That is the easy bit. The complications stem from the electoral system, demands from Brussels and the political horse-trading that follows once the votes have been counted, writes Robin Pascoe.
Holland: Nul points - What the papers say
Dressed appropriately in black, the Dutch team lost convincingly to Portugal last night. ‘Historic fail’ ‘The laughing stock of Europe’ were among the kinder headlines. What the papers say.
Fox News: Handle with care as Dutch meet Portugal
Portugal and the Netherlands shared 16 yellow cards and four reds in their last competitive match and there are plenty more reasons that make their decisive Euro 2012 Group B match on Sunday a powder keg.
Daily Mail: 'Forest Boy' unmasked
Police say English-speaking teen is actually 20-year-old Dutch man called Robin who 'had personal problems and wanted to start a new life'
Spiegel Online: 'We Need This Ritualized War'
Germany and the Netherlands are set to clash at the European Football Championship on Wednesday night, reigniting a deep-seated rivalry between the neighboring countries. Dutch writer Leon de Winter tells SPIEGEL why the Dutch hate the Germans and need the "ritualized war" of the game.
Guardian: Sounds of the Netherlands
The Netherlands might have the tallest people in the world but its pop stars have always had a tendency to blend into the crowd. With few chart acts wearing their national identity on their sleeves, the country's biggest names are frequently mistaken overseas for being British, American or German.
Fox News: Dutch may turn to Huntelaar for goals
It doesn't take a tactical genius to work out what the Netherlands need to fix after their 1-0 upset to Denmark - they simply have to be able to convert their chances and that could mean a start for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
Irish Times: Black Dutch players subjected to racist chants
EURO 2012 was plunged into its first racism controversy after the black players in the Netherlands squad were subjected to monkey chants during an open practice session in the same city where England will also invite the public to watch them train today.
BBC: Can you love a fake piece of art?
Han van Meegeren is a candidate for the greatest forger ever. The Dutchman came closest to being acclaimed as an artist in his own right after gaining notoriety forging 17th Century Dutch masters that would fool art-loving Nazis.
NYT: Do the Dutch Need a Rough-And-Tumble Approach?
Size has never been everything in soccer. Way back in the 1950s, the Magical Magyars of Hungary improvised on the field as beautifully as Brazilians — and since the 1970s, the Netherlands, with a population of less than 17 million, has repeatedly produced players who threaten to reinvent the game.
Chigago Tribune: Dutch step up anti-euro campaign
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch parties vying for the euroskeptic vote in September elections stepped up campaigning on Friday, with one small Christian party considering a north-south euro zone breakup and another seeking to block approval of the euro zone's bailout fund.