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




Sense of loss for Dutch as ABN tussle nears end

For the Royal Bank of Scotland-led consortium striving to buy ABN Amro, this week should mark a final stage in the biggest financial services deal. The €71bn ($101bn) offer for the Dutch lender is due to close and, if the trio of banks completes its mammoth fundraising effort, it is expected to win ABN’s hand after a six-month scrap. (more…)  More >


Small town of Urk exemplifies pious heart of the Dutch Christian right

Though its population is not quite 18,000, the Dutch town of Urk already has more Protestant churches than some small cities. For this remote and traditional fishing community, though, 19 established places of worship are not enough, so plans are afoot to build two more. (more…)  More >


The Soldier of Orange dies at 90

A tiny urn of ashes – bearing only the inscription, Soldier of Orange –will solemnly be carried from an aeroplane at Amsterdam airport on Thursday. For Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, who is rumoured to have planned a royal reception, it will be a poignant moment: the return to his native soil of the remains of Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema, Holland's most heroic and decorated Second World War resistance fighter. (more…)  More >


Dutch zoo can breed jellyfish

It has been hailed as a major breakthrough: Burgers' Ocean, the marine section of Burgers' Zoo in the Dutch city of Arnhem, has successfully bred jellyfish in captivity. (more…)  More >


Referendum issue splits country and coalition

The Dutch government rejected mounting calls for a referendum on Europe's new reform treaty last night, two years after Dutch voters killed off the European constitution in a referendum that stunned the EU. (more…)  More >



Dutch probers arrive to build case on Sison

A delegation of investigators from The Netherlands arrived in Manila yesterday to verify details and confer with local authorities on the case of Jose Ma. Sison, the founding chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People’s Army. (more…)  More >


Dutch Labor Shortage Might Crimp Growth

The Netherlands prides itself on having the lowest unemployment rate in the European Union, but as labor capacity nears its limits, economic growth is under threat. (more…)  More >




Dutch build towering wind turbines out at sea

There is no shortage of wind in the densely-populated Netherlands but there is a shortage of space and in a nation which likes its houses small and its gardens cosy, opposition to wind farms is immense (more…)  More >



Dutch plan to combat youth radicalisation

The Dutch cabinet has earmarked 28 million euros to combat the increasing radicalisation of Muslims and right-wing extremists. Interior Minister Guusje ter Horst launched the initiative at a press conference in the Amsterdam district of Slotervaart on Monday. (more…)  More >


Tolerant Dutch would balk at our chaotic city

I really couldn't care less about Youth Crime. I do care a great deal about Crime. When walking the cobbled streets, I suspect that no-one is particularly fearful of being youth mugged or youth knifed. They are concerned about being mugged or knifed. (more…)  More >



Soggy Amsterdam’s Test: Digging a Subway

Seventeenth-century masons built Amsterdam on a foundation of wooden poles planted in soggy, sandy ground, leaving behind a beautiful architectural museum - but one with walls prone to sinking or crumbling without warning. So how do you dig a subway under it? (more…)  More >


Uruzgan, were the Dutch hoodwinked?

Tuesday's suicide attack in southern Afghanistan, which left at least 17 civilians dead and a number of Dutch soldiers injured, has again raised questions about Dutch involvement in Afghanistan. (more…)  More >


Why Dutch Kids are Happier Than Yours

Dutch children are the happiest children in the industrialized world. Don't take my word for it, that was the finding of an extensive survey in UNICEF's Report Card 7. (more…)  More >