Monday 22 July 2019

A round up of the best stories about the Netherlands and all things Dutch from leading international publications




Why the Dutch hate bankers

Why the Dutch hate bankers

The Netherlands is the cradle of capitalism—the home of the world’s first stock market and the dominant global financial center in the 17th and 18th centuries. Its banking sector was the first to introduce innovations such as international trade finance and underwriting of bonds issued by foreign governments. More >









The revolt against virtue

The revolt against virtue

The assumption of virtue among those who count themselves as progressive may help to explain the popularity of right-wing agitators, as well as the link between anti-immigrant sentiment and denial of climate change. Anything, it seems, is better than admitting that the experts are right. More >




Waning winters: An iconic skating race — and a way of life — faces extinction from climate change

Waning winters: An iconic skating race — and a way of life — faces extinction from climate change

On a balmy winter day, Klaas Einte Adema lugged his ice skates from car to rink to continue his training for a race that might never come. The 36-year-old has spent the better part of his adult life doing this — showing up at the rink six days a week, skating laps, honing technique and waiting for the weather to someday cooperate. More >



New ‘Dossier Jihadstrijders’ site lists all errors in contentious Nieuwsuur Syria report

New ‘Dossier Jihadstrijders’ site lists all errors in contentious Nieuwsuur Syria report

In September 2018, the Netherlands was shaken by news items brought to the world by the Trouw newspaper and current affairs programme Nieuwsuur that the Dutch government was to have supported a terrorist-jihadist group, al-Jabha al-Shamiya (Levant Front) in Syria. The issue led to much upheaval in the press and politics and parliamentary debates. More >