Rumour

The public disturbances this week in Utrecht are receiving considerable coverage in the foreign media. Not through the traditional news agencies but through the internet via far-right websites and blogs. (more…)  More >


Bus stop

The three top dogs at state-owned regional bus company Connexxion have voluntarily given up some of their performance-related bonuses because of an ‘arithmetical error’ last year. So what went wrong? (more…)  More >


Who’s who?

Did you know that Christian Democrat MP Jack Biskop is crazy about fountain pens? Or that Labour MP Agnes Wolbert enjoys cultivating bonsai trees? Useless information? Not according to Sander Ruijter and Thierry Baudet who are interviewed in today’s Volkskrant about their new website which provides all sorts of personal and professional info on the country’s 150 MPs. (more…)  More >


Cracks

The coalition government of progressive social democrats and reactionary confessionals (Christian Democrats, Labour and ChristenUnie) is only a few weeks old, but already cracks are starting to appear in this unholy alliance… (more…)  More >


Silence

The silence emerging from the Labour camp in the row over the Moroccan human rights work of their MP Khadija Arib is deafening. Were there any Labour MPs in parliament at all during last night’s shameful attack on Arib? (more…)  More >


Women

The flurry of female-related stories and statistics around at the moment is, of course, due to March 8 being International Women’s Day. Firstly you have the statistics: do the Dutch believe that men and women are equal? TNS Nipo has the answer: some 87% of men and 82% of women think there is legal equality. But equality in practice? (more…)  More >


Confusion

Less than half the population is expected to vote in the provincial elections today. This is regrettable but it is also understandable, given the arcane structure of this plebiscite. (more…)  More >


Little fish in a ‘multiculti’ pond

One of the new words added to the latest edition of the Dutch dictionary is "multiculti" - short for multicultural. It's a term which can aptly be applied to the neighbourhood in Amsterdam where I've lived for the past twelve years. (more…)  More >


Wedded bliss

So 100 civil servants in the Netherlands are refusing to conduct same-sex marriages. They clearly don’t know what they’re missing. (more…)  More >


Grey Plague

This week, news magazine HP/De Tijd looks at what it calls ‘The Grey Plague’, the new breed of wealthy and healthy pensioners. The Netherlands has 2.2 million 60- to 75-year-olds who own 65% of the country’s private assets, and to some, they are becoming a nuisance. (more…)  More >


Two faced

The debate – if you can call it that – about dual nationality highlights petty small-mindedness in the extreme. A vociferous minority in parliament, with considerable backing in the country at large, seem quite happy to insult the one million Dutch nationals who happen to have another nationality as well. (more…)  More >


Dutch pioneer floating eco-homes

Small and densely populated, the Netherlands is one of the countries most at risk from climate change and rising sea levels. But in one village in the south of the country, they are trying out a new way of living with an increased risk of floods. (more…)  More >


15 minutes

Fame is a strange thing and the need to get yourself noticed can make people do very strange things indeed. (more…)  More >


Dual nationality

The Volkskrant today looks at the way dual nationality is viewed in other countries, ahead of Thursday’s parliamentary debate on the issue. The debate will centre on two ministers in the new cabinet - one who is Moroccan as well as Dutch and the other, Turkish. (more…)  More >


The Money Maker

Robert Deodaat Emile Oxenaar – or Ootje as he’s known – is, at 76, still teaching in the graphic design department of the Rhode Island School of Design. (more…)  More >


Furry fury

The first public appearance by new economic affairs minister Maria van der Hoeven has had quite an impact. Van der Hoeven, who wielded power in the education ministry until last week, appeared on the steps with Queen Beatrix resplendent in a black suit with a magnificent fox fur collar. (more…)  More >