The War, Peace and Parking Charges Edition – Week 18 2023

Wreaths at the war memorial in Dam Square. Photo: Depositphotos
Wreaths at the war memorial in Dam Square. Photo: Depositphotos

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On the day when the Dutch commemorate their war dead, the president of Ukraine jetted in to give a sobering reminder that wars are not just for the history books. Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited the ICC, the Senate, the Catshuis and a royal palace in a whirlwind tour that covered more ground than the Russian army managed in six months in Bakhmut. Dodenherdenking also featured a moving speech by a teenage girl about the Sinti victims of the Holocaust, a bugle-hating cat and yet another ophef-inducing tweet by Caroline van der Plas. PSV won the Dutch cup final in a forgettable match that culminated in a woeful penalty shoot-out. And DutchNews has a wartime exclusive of its own – tune in to find out more, as well as what to do if you have any wartime documents gathering dust in the attic.

You can find out more about the campaign to donate war memorabilia and details of participating museums at

Ophef of the week: Police arrest drunk driver with ‘Boris Johnson’ licence

Canals, tulips and cheese: Barack Obama takes in the sights of Amsterdam


We will win, Ukrainian president vows during lightning visit to The Hague

The Netherlands falls silent as Dutch remember their war dead

Veterans call on farmers to turn flags the right way up for May 4

Dozens of municipalities refuse to investigate wartime theft of Jewish property

Brussels approves Dutch plan to buy out nitrogen polluting farmers

Provinces unable to tackle pollution in Natura 2000 areas, study finds

How an old archive cupboard revealed a hoard of liberation newspapers

The Hague to trial €50 street parking charge in city centre and beach


Ajax 1-1 PSV (2-3 pens): PSV triumph in final of few chances

Heitinga swats away questions about his future after Ajax lose cup final

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