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

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 >

Dutch cycling is high in the Low Country

Whether it's over the stone bridges and through the hectic traffic of Amsterdam, or across the windmill-dotted pastures of the countryside, the Dutch cycle everywhere. (more…)  More >

Dutch museums put their surplus art on eBay

Part of the Dutch national art collection featuring some 1,000 paintings, statues and other objects has gone on sale through Internet auction site eBay, officials said Friday. (more…)  More >

Dutch courage

Hollandophobes like Ruskin were wrong to dismiss the painters of the Golden Age as prosaic materialists. Bold artists such as Frans Hals and Rembrandt transformed portraiture by capturing the poetry of daily life, argues Simon Schama. (more…)  More >

Dutch military chief says Taliban executed civilians

Taliban fighters executed Afghan civilians, including women, who refused to join them during a recent fierce battle against NATO and Afghan government forces in the south, the Dutch military chief said Friday (more…)  More >

Heroic Dutch backpacker nearly died

Dutch backpacker Paul de Waard came very close to dying after being gunned down in a Melbourne street, his surgeon says. The 25-year-old - hailed a hero after being shot while trying to help a woman in distress - was bleeding to death as doctors fought to save his life. (more…)  More >

Dutch ISAF troops ‘failing’ in Afghanistan

Unease about Dutch involvement in the ISAF mission in Afghanistan is steadily growing in the Netherlands and the director of a Dutch aid organisation has warned that the mission may be doing more harm than good. (more…)  More >