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



Economist: The MH17 crisis: a wake-up call

Like most of Europe, the Netherlands went along half-heartedly with efforts to impose retaliatory sanctions on Moscow, and among the Dutch public there was a tendency to treat the Ukrainian conflict as an ethnolinguistic clash or a Russian-American power contest. (more…)  More >




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Social Europe Journal: Did the Dutch start the end of social Europe?

The Dutch government’s recent announcement that the welfare state will be substituted by an undefined “participative society” may be the news story of the year — or at least deserves to be. No doubt the headlines oversimplify as usual. But the alarm is sounding. (more…)  More >


NYT: Dutch Higher Education Policy Refocuses on Quality

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — When the Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, was deputy minister of education, from 2004 to 2006, the government was committed to the so-called Lisbon Strategy, which aimed to make the European Union a competitive knowledge economy. (more…)  More >




NYT: Awakening the ‘Dutch Gene’ of Water Survival

NOORDWIJK, the Netherlands — Along a rugged, wide North Sea beach here on a recent day, children formed teams of eight to 10, taking their places beside mounds of sand carefully cordoned by candy-cane striped tape. They had one hour for their sand castle competition. (more…)  More >







TBI Vision: What next in the Netherlands?

From Big Brother to The Voice via Deal or No Deal and Splash! Dutch producers have proved time and again that they know how to construct an international television hit. (more…)  More >




WSJ: EU to Investigate Corporate Tax Codes in Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands

European Union regulators are preparing to open a formal investigation into corporate-tax regimes in Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands on Wednesday, according to a person familiar with the matter, amid concerns that multinational companies such as Apple Inc. enjoy sweeter tax deals than are permitted under EU law. (more…)  More >