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


Will the real Liberal please stand up

What makes a liberal? The definition differs widely on the two opposite sides of the Atlantic, but even within the tiny Netherlands, political parties bicker over who is really entitled to use the term. (more…)  More >


Dutch Seem Set to Reject Role of Guide

Political light-years ago, let’s say back in March, the name of the next Dutch prime minister was going to be Job Cohen, former mayor of Amsterdam and a Man of the Left depicted as having particular skills in smoothing out tensions between the Dutch and the Muslim immigrants who increasingly populate their large cities. (more…)  More >





Getting Muddy in the Netherlands

WE’RE driving on top of a dike in the northern province of Friesland in the Netherlands, with a sliver of pink-hued sunrise slicing through an otherwise gray sky. We zoom past verdant pastures full of cows and sheep, past centuries-old churches, and past windmills, both old and modern. (more…)  More >





Not-so-brilliant Orange: Part 1

Just before the Great Depression of the 20th century, Nikolai Kondratieff became famous for his theory on economic cycles. The Russian economist had noticed how the world economy behaved in long and repeated waves of expansion, stagnation and recession. Two Dutch scientists had published this idea in 1913, but their articles were only recently translated to English. That is why Kondratieff ended up providing the name for the economic cycles and not Amsterdammers Jacob van Gelderen and Sam de Wolff. (more…)  More >


Orange Soccer Fever Spreads in the Netherlands

Orange fever is on the rise in the Netherlands in the build-up to the World Cup soccer tournament in South Africa. The Dutch team began a secluded training camp on Monday after coach Bert van Marwijk announced a preliminary training roster of 30 players. (more…)  More >



For Dutch Jews, Wilders is a ‘delicate subject’

The Dutch Jewish community is divided over Geert Wilders, the controversial populist politician. He is a staunch supporter of Israel, but many feel his treatment of Muslims brings back unpleasant memories. (more…)  More >



Dutch Muslim women striving to integrate

At a time when the headscarf is a hot issue in Europe, it comes as something of a shock to meet Fatima Elatik. This feisty 36-year-old - who combines her headscarf with bright red lipstick - is mayor of Zeeburg, a large multicultural district of Amsterdam. (more…)  More >


Roderick Munsters: Robeco chief wields a new broom

Six months after taking over as chief executive of Robeco, the Dutch fund group, Roderick Munsters has come up with palette of fresh ideas. They promise a big clean-up for the Dutch financial group, which has suffered some setbacks in the past couple of years. (more…)  More >


Dutch national mail service up for grabs

TNT, the Dutch national mail service turned international delivery company, is under pressure from investors and has announced plans to sell off its postal service while expanding its express delivery business. (more…)  More >


Liberation of Holland remembered

It was part of the biggest conflict in human history, but Reine Berns remembers the liberation of Holland in a stick of chewing gum and little squares of chocolate. She was 12 years old and playing in the garden with a friend on that day in May, 1945. (more…)  More >


Where now after loss of Devils’ Advocaat?

When Dick Advocaat informed the Belgian FA of his decision to unilaterally terminate his contract as national manager, some may have been less surprised than others. (more…)  More >