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

Dutch refuse to sign off on EU accounts

Financial Times: The Netherlands is to refuse to sign off on the European Union's accounts, in an attempt to force national governments to take more responsibility for the European money they spend. (more…)  More >

In the land of the Dutch Black, the cyclist is king of the road

The Age (Australia): I'd heard the stories about the Dutch Black, but nothing prepared me for the alternative universe that is Amsterdam. It was clear from the moment I stepped off the train that my wildest fantasies were about to become reality. I'm not talking about the sex and drugs; heaps of cities have that. It was the bikes — they were everywhere and in every shape and size imaginable: bikes for cruising, bikes for shopping, bikes for couples, bikes for carrying a whole tantrum of toddlers, and even bikes for the frail and wobbly. (more…)  More >

Dutch-American conference set

The Sheboygan County Historical Research Center will be hosting a conference titled "The Dutch-American Experience in Wisconsin: 1840-Present" Sept. 25-27. Experts from the Netherlands and the U.S. will work side-by-side with local historical groups and historians to present a picture of the vibrant Dutch-American culture which thrives in Wisconsin. (more…)  More >

Dutch unveil robotic petrol station attendant

The days of pulling up to a petrol station, having a nice young chap called Chuck come over and ask you how much "gas" you want, before filling your motor up (and, if you were lucky, washing your windscreen) are well over. However, the Dutch have come up with an alternative in a new robot, which is programmed to be able to fill a car gas tank. (more…)  More >

Dutch seek islands to combat rising sea threat

Dutch water industry experts on Monday backed proposals to build several off-shore islands to protect the nation's coast, much of which lies below sea-level, from rising seas caused by global warming. (more…)  More >

When having a baby, it pays to go Dutch

'The Dutch approach to childbirth has proved relaxed and liberating,' says a Times Online journalist. 'Two years ago I gave birth in Amsterdam. Pelham, my son, was born in hospital at 4:25am. By 7am my husband, Paul, had got us back to our flat. I rang a nursing agency that I had chosen, and our state-subsidised maternity nurse was at our door within the hour....' (more…)  More >

Holloway Mom: Dutch Student Not Innocent

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Secret camera footage of a Dutch student saying he believed missing teenager Natalee Holloway was dead and asking a friend to dump her body at sea in Aruba proves he is not innocent, her mother said in an interview Monday. (more…)  More >

Dutch mayor sounds warning on intolerance

Fear and suspicion among ethnic groups in the Netherlands are at a postwar peak, according to Job Cohen. Amsterdam’s leftwing mayor blames Geert Wilders, the anti-immigration MP, for fuelling the tension. (more…)  More >

Dutch Queen’s 70th birthday fuels abdication talk

Dutch Queen Beatrix turns 70 on Thursday, prompting speculation she is preparing to abdicate and hand the throne to her son Prince Willem-Alexander just as her mother did on her birthday 28 years ago. (more…)  More >

Dutch dig farmer-seeks-wife show

There is no sex, no scandal, no sniping and no foul language, but a new Dutch reality show is getting ratings TV bosses dream of, with a quarter of the country glued to their television sets. (more…)  More >

Dutch film about Koran could spark new clash

Uh-oh... The clash of civilizations may fire up again with the possible release of a short film by an ultra-rightwing member of Holland's parliament who has likened the Koran to Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf." (more…)  More >

Dutch Fashion Shops Open in Ex-Brothels

Instead of selling sex, Amsterdam is trying to sell sexy. The city unveiled its "Red Light Fashion" project on Saturday, having converted 16 buildings that used to house prostitutes in the city's ancient red light district into studios for young fashion designers. (more…)  More >

Protests halt Dutch science park

A Dutch council has condemned a campaign of harassment by animal rights protesters which forced a developer to withdraw from a science park project. (more…)  More >

Dutch get uneasy about liberty

In the Netherlands, the mood has shifted away from its famously broad tolerance and permissiveness, bringing about curbs on drugs and prostitution. (more…)  More >

Learning Dutch lessons on teen pregnancy

Holland has the lowest rate of children born to teenage mothers across Western Europe - six times lower than Britain's statistics at the opposite end of the league table. (more…)  More >

Dutch Christian party wins gender rights row

The Netherlands' oldest political party is celebrating an unusual victory -- the right to receive state funding while continuing to bar women from standing as candidates. (more…)  More >