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


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 >


The new face of the Dutch far-right

The new face of the Dutch far-right

Thierry Baudet once called politicians brain-dead. Now his upstart white nationalist movement has eclipsed Geert Wilders and won more senate seats than the prime minister’s party.  More >






Dutch drugs: ‘Breaking Bad’ in Tilburg

Dutch drugs: ‘Breaking Bad’ in Tilburg

The Tilburg region in the southern Netherlands has earned a reputation as the ecstasy capital of the world. Can the authorities find a way to curb the area's enormous production of MDMA?  More >



Picture clue: cops turn to amateur web sleuths to help crack cases

Picture clue: cops turn to amateur web sleuths to help crack cases

It looks like a normal bathroom tile. But when amateur internet sleuths managed to locate it, they found the missing piece in an international child abuse investigation. This was one of the clues that led to the arrest of a suspect and the identification of nine child abuse victims.  More >






Outrage: Dutch architecture no longer shows social imagination

Outrage: Dutch architecture no longer shows social imagination

While their cities’ once-exemplary housing system is dismantled and the national social-housing stock plummets, Dutch architects remain silent Compared with countries such as Germany and France, the Netherlands has produced few great thinkers, but a huge number of famous painters, designers and other image producers.   More >






EU needs election-meddling stress tests

EU needs election-meddling stress tests

In 170 days, Europeans will go to the polls, but the right to freely choose their representatives is under threat. With election after election facing hacking and manipulation, no-one should be naive about what is at stake in Europe.  More >


Amsterdam brothels to get a review by city’s first female mayor

Amsterdam brothels to get a review by city’s first female mayor

Amsterdam’s first female mayor is rethinking its centuries-old red-light district. The Wallen district sits in the oldest part of the city and at its creation in the 14th century was where free women, mostly Dutch, served sailors and traders without shame.   More >