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



Dutch politicians campaign on a shoestring

Michael Bloomberg spent around 70 million US dollars (52 million euros) when he wanted to be re-elected as mayor of New York in 2005. His second term was considered a given, but he still paid. ”about 100 dollars per vote,” said Kees Brants, a professor of political communication at Leiden University. (more…)  More >



Muslims quietly take Wilders’ abuse

Day in and day out, Dutch Muslims are told their religion is 'a fascist ideology' and 'a threat to Dutch society'. They hear their 'so-called prophet Muhammad' is 'a barbarian, a mass murderer and a paedophile'. But they are remarkably calm about it all. (more…)  More >




Online Islamic sex-shop opens for business

The sex products Dutch Muslims used to bring back from the Middle East are now available online. Abdelaziz Aouragh is a Muslim, lives in Amsterdam, and deals in sex articles. (more…)  More >


Dutch clubs still facing financial peril

Last month the Bundesliga was in awe after the arrival of Ruud van Nistelrooy. When he scored twice in five minutes as a substitute for Hamburg in Stuttgart, the whole country seemed to come to a halt and, along with Arjen Robben, Eljero Elia, and Rafael van der Vaart - who scored against Sevilla at the weekend - the Dutch stars plying their trade in the foreign leagues are shining brightly, even if the national side continue to be named as outsiders for the World Cup this summer. (more…)  More >



Islamophobia on tour: Wilders comes to Britain

When the far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders came to the UK to promote his brand of Islamophobia last year, he made it only as far as Heathrow before being unceremoniously turned away and flown back to his native country. (more…)  More >



Generosity is contagious, study finds

In the Netherlands, citizens and businesses give away four million euros to charities, churches or other faith-based organisations every year. And the amount donated has been rising for decades. (more…)  More >




A Dutch Town That Nurtures Its Quirks

On stage at Acu, a bar and music club in Utrecht, Noam Cohen stopped briefly to address the crowd. “There’s so much room!” Mr. Cohen, the lead singer of the hardcore band This Routine Is Hell, yelled into his microphone, surveying the gap between the band and the crowd, clad mostly in black. (more…)  More >



Dutch Fishermen Join Their Catch on Endangered List

Doede Visser’s eyes grow misty when he recalls eating eel as a child. “Only the children of fishermen know what it’s like to have it, when still warm, and the skin puts a tingling feeling on your lips,” said Mr. Visser, 63. (more…)  More >


Explaining the crazy Dutch love of speed skating

They approach the starting line, two at a time, before an official with a French accent asks them if they're "re-dee?" The gun goes off, and they skate quietly around a 400-meter oval, swaying side-to-side, one hand on resting on their lower back. (more…)  More >


Opinion: Atlantic Reflex? Gimme a Break

George Harinck, Professor in History at the Free University in Amsterdam and an all-round nice guy, has written a piece in Nederlands Dagblad on the knee-jerk Atlanticism of Dutch foreign policy that I just can’t leave alone. (more…)  More >


Vast Offering of De Stijl Art in London

Tate Modern has a whopper of a show, with a title to match its size: "Van Doesburg and the International Avant-Garde: Constructing a New World." Though this is the first major exhibition in the U.K. dedicated to the Dutch artist Theo van Doesburg (1883-1931), its early Modernist scope is larger than the one man, who worked in practically all the art forms extant in his lifetime. (more…)  More >