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


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 >




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 >