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

Cuban bananas storm Dutch beaches

On the Dutch island of Terschelling, beaches are often awash in treasures—like the bunches of Cuban bananas that floated ashore this week. (more…)  More >

Dutch Jews slam Germany over Shoah payment loophole

Germany is unjustly withholding money from Dutch Holocaust survivors, an umbrella group for Dutch Jews told Haaretz. Yesterday, on the eve of the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the group's leaders presented Germany with a petition protesting "injustice to 2,000 Dutch survivors." (more…)  More >

Former Dutch star Gullit will be Galaxy’s new coach

Former Dutch star and current television analyst Ruud Gullit was named coach of the Los Angeles Galaxy. Gullit is expected to take charge of the Galaxy ahead of its trip to Australia and New Zealand later this month. (more…)  More >

NATO promises just enough to keep Dutch on Afghan mission: former commander

AMSTERDAM - NATO defence ministers seem to have done just enough with meagre offers of additional troops to convince the Dutch to carry on the fight in southern Afghanistan, a former military commander said Friday. Retired Dutch Maj.-Gen Frank van Kappen's observation appeared supported by remarks from a senior member of the ruling party in the Netherlands. (more…)  More >

Senior US Democratic lawmaker offends Dutch counterparts with historical remarks

Dutch lawmakers who visited the Guantanamo Bay military prison this week said they were offended by a testy exchange in Washington with a senior congressional Democrat. The lawmakers said that Tom Lantos, chairman of the House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee, told them that "Europe was not as outraged by Auschwitz as by Guantanamo Bay." (more…)  More >

Jan Wolkers, Dutch novelist, poet and sculptor dies at 81

Dutch novelist, poet and sculptor Jan Wolkers — whose sex-charged books helped shake off the shackles of postwar conservatism in the Netherlands — died on Friday at his home on the North Sea island of Texel, his publisher said. (more…)  More >

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 >