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




Corneille, Dutch Artist With a Lyrical Modernism, Dies at 88

The Dutch artist Corneille, who created lyrical, expressionist paintings bursting with color and who was one of the founders of the postwar European art movement known as Cobra, died on Sunday in Paris. He was 88 and lived in Paris. (more…)  More >


Netherlands upbeat as they get going again

As the Netherlands begin their qualifying bid, Wesley Sneijder is still buzzing from their FIFA World Cup run and Marco van Basten believes they have the quality to go far again. (more…)  More >


Mr Controversial

Australia's SBS tv has carried a lengthy report on anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders, in which he reiterates his view that western culture is better than the 'retarded Islamic culture'. (more…)  More >



A Dutch city moves to end drugs tourism

On a recent summer night, Marc Josemans’s Easy Going Coffee Shop was packed. The lines to buy marijuana and hashish stretched to the reception area where customers waited behind glass barriers. (more…)  More >



Thomas Dekker: A doper’s desire for redemption

In Lausanne, Switzerland, Anne Gripper nervously shuffles papers from one end of her desk to another. She looks up at the clock. 10 A.M. exactly. She sighs at the inevitable but grim task she must carry out and picks up the phone. (more…)  More >



Maths class in the morning, turning tricks at lunch

They are still children, only 12 or 13 years old. They fall in love for the first time, at the school gates or on Facebook, and wind up with a pimp. Parents and police are struggling against the hold so-called loverboys have over young girls, but often it's already too late. (more…)  More >


The Odyssey of the Dutch Oil Skimmers

The dance of the Dutch oil skimmers coming to America has been a sight to behold. Slow, cheerless, and saddled with incompetent decisions, their trajectory has slogged through the second US summer holiday with no guarantee of an end in sight. (more…)  More >


Living with the memories of Srebrenica, 15 years on

As he roars around the streets of Srebrenica in his three-tonne, self-built, bright red Hummer, Rob Zomer does not exactly blend in. But then catch wind of his story and it is clear this Dutchman is not one to follow convention. (more…)  More >


Scars of Srebrenica still visible 15 years on

It's been 15 years since the massacre of Srebrenica left thousands of Bosnian Muslims dead. The people on both sides of that conflict are slowly finding common ground now, but the tragedy is never far from their minds. (more…)  More >


Afrikaners for Dutch in WCup because of heritage

For some South Africans, there is still a "home" team to cheer for in the World Cup final. When the Netherlands faces Spain on Sunday at Soccer City, a sizable portion of the Afrikaner population will be watching closely, and mostly because of their Dutch roots. (more…)  More >


Van Marwijk consults Dutch legends

Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk has taken inspiration from the 'Total Football' legends of the past but insists his side cannot be compared with the former Dutch greats. (more…)  More >


Dutch progress and seek sparkle from Robben’s impending return

Two years ago Holland wowed the world as they began Euro 2008 with stunning victories over France and Italy. But they watched the final on television after being knocked out by Russia. This time their players insisted, after becoming the first team to secure a place in the second round of the World Cup, it will be different. (more…)  More >


A sea of orange washes over South Africa

Most Afrikaners here are Dutch by ancestry, but not by sporting priorities. The whites in South Africa are still rugby fans first and foremost, committed loyalists to their Springboks of "Invictus" fame. (more…)  More >



Time to Show the Dutch How Little Wilders Has to Offer

The right-wing populist party of anti-Islam agitator Geert Wilders scored big in the Dutch election. Now the question is whether he will be invited to help form a government. If he is, say German commentators, Dutch voters will finally see how little substance the man actually has. (more…)  More >