Sunday 22 September 2019

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







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

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 >


Senior US Democratic lawmaker offends Dutch counterparts with historical remarks

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 >







The Soldier of Orange dies at 90

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 >