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


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 >




Dutch art forger proudly exhibits his works

Notorious Dutch art forger Geert Jan Jansen's fortunes have turned around. Once rebuked for his fakes of Picasso, Matisse and other masters, this copy-cat is now making an honest living. (more…)  More >



Dutch get a kick out of baseball, too

Robert Eenhoorn's cellphone rang to the tinny tune of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," interrupting a discussion of the vigorous state of honkbal in his native land. "Honkbal" is the Dutch word for baseball, and Eenhoorn, 40, the coach of the Dutch national baseball team, should know something about it. (more…)  More >





Dutch Q1 growth at slowest rate in three years

Dutch economic growth cooled in the first quarter of 2008 to the slowest rate in three years, expanding just 0.2 percent compared with the previous three months as the global downturn weighed, data showed on Thursday. (more…)  More >


Fanny Blankers Koen, Dutch Olympic champion

I'm pretty sure that in the immediate aftermath of giving birth to our two sons, my wife wasn't thinking of nipping to the local park for one of her regular 5km jogs. (more…)  More >




Seedorf withdraws from Dutch squad

Clarence Seedorf added another twist to his turbulent international career when he withdrew from the Holland squad for Euro 2008 on Tuesday (more…)  More >



Euthanasia still a dilemma for Dutch doctors

"I am not a monster. I'm also not a God. In the best case I'm an angel," muses a doctor in a Dutch play about euthanasia, before delivering a lethal injection to an old friend, a cancer patient. (more…)  More >


Dutch League says it wouldn’t extend season

The Scottish Premier League found an ally yesterday in the bitter row with Rangers over the failure to find a compromise to the hectic schedule, when the Dutch Professional League revealed that it would never bend to the will of a club and put back the end of the season simply because of a fixture backlog. (more…)  More >