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


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 >



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 >