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


Dutch political parties to be made more accountable

Following in the wake of a damning report from the European Council on the Dutch government’s funding of political parties published earlier this year, the Dutch government is working on a new set of rules which should increase accountability and bring the Netherlands into line with the rest of Europe. (more…)  More >


Small investors learn the lessons of Fortis carve-up

It is hard not to feel sympathy for the thousands of Fortis small shareholders who are all joining forces to file multiple lawsuits against the management and directors of the banking and insurance group, and against the Belgian and Dutch governments. (more…)  More >


Dutch factory farms could move to the city

There are 200 huge livestock ‘factory’ farms in the Netherlands and in ten years’ time this will have increased to over one thousand. But this is not necessarily bad news for animal welfare or the environment. (more…)  More >


Parliament urged to get tough on Wilders

Geert Wilders, leader of the populist PVV, uses parliamentary debate to spew out blatant racism, in flagrant defiance of the normal standards in parliament. (more…)  More >


Dutch policeman posthumously recognized as Righteous

A 23-year-old Dutch military policeman who refused to obey the orders of his superiors to arrest Jews in a Dutch village during WWII and then deserted the police force to join the resistance was awarded the State of Israel's highest honor for non-Jews on Monday at Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. (more…)  More >



Survivors of massacre demand compensation

Relatives and survivors of a massacre in the Indonesian village of Rawagede in 1947 are demanding an apology and compensation from the Dutch government. (more…)  More >


Dutch Female Politicians On Sarah Palin

Elsevier, one of the best political magazines in the Netherlands, decided to ask female politicians - members of Parliament and cabinet ministers - what they think of Palin. The answers may surprise you. (more…)  More >


Mother hits out at Dutch ‘blunders’ in son’s murder probe

THE MOTHER of a Scot murdered in the Netherlands has criticised the police investigation into the killing as "shambolic" after officers failed to search the flat where his body was hidden, lost forensic evidence and allowed the chief suspect to go on the run for five months. (more…)  More >


Dutch venue makes clubbing environmentally friendly

A club where dancers generate power to light the floor, drinks come in recyclable cups and toilets flush with rain water opened in the Netherlands on Thursday, hoping to lure environmentally conscious clubbers. (more…)  More >


Paul Polman named as new Unilever chief executive

A former top executive of Procter & Gamble and Nestlé will take the helm at Unilever, bringing to an end almost a century of groomed internal inheritance in the Anglo-Dutch food and soap multinational group (more…)  More >



Steve McClaren goes Dutch in TV interview

New FC Twente manager Steve McClaren has been mocked, maligned, ribbed and ridiculed more than any other England manager. But nowhere near as much as he deserves. (more…)  More >



Srebrenica: Worst European atrocity since WWII

It is now remembered as the worst atrocity in Europe since World War II. In a five-day orgy of slaughter at Srebrenica in July 1995, up to 8,000 Muslims were systematically exterminated in what was described at the U.N. war crimes tribunal as "the triumph of evil." (more…)  More >





Remkes adds name to Dutch dominance of Scottish events

Scotland has become a remarkably happy hunting ground for golfers from the Netherlands. After Reinier Saxton won the 113th staging of the Amateur at Turnberry nine days ago, Taco Remkes completed a Dutch double in the Scottish Challenge at the MacDonald Cardrona near Peebles yesterday. (more…)  More >


Dutch marijuana coffee shops brace for smoking ban

This city's famed marijuana bars have weathered many challenges over the years and are still smoking. But now they face an unwelcome blast of fresh air: On July 1, the Netherlands will be one of the last European countries to ban smoking in bars and restaurants in compliance with EU law. (more…)  More >