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

Right said Fred, let’s go Dutch

It was a rare setback for Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive Sir Fred Goodwin when ABN Amro snubbed his consortium's bid for the bank. But the straight talker from Paisley will not stand by and watch Barclays take the prize. (more…)  More >

Muslim women glad Hirsi Ali quit Netherlands

For three years Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali galvanised the Dutch society with a frank account of her traumatic past and her conviction that Islam is a violent, misogynous religion. (more…)  More >

Midwives central to Dutch belief home is best

At an antenatal class in south-east Amsterdam, Petra de Buins tries to persuade her students of the advantages of home birth. Home is more comfortable than hospital, where the tense atmosphere can prolong labour, she says. "It's like finding yourself wanting to do a number two at a motorway service station but being put off until later because of the state of the toilets." (more…)  More >

Barclays CEO, Dutch cenbank chief talk about ABN

Dutch central bank governor Nout Wellink said on Thursday that he spoke several times with Barclays Plc Chief Executive John Varley about the British bank's merger talks with Dutch bank ABN AMRO. (more…)  More >

Dutch Soldiers Stress Restraint in Afghanistan

QALA-E-SURKH, Afghanistan — The Dutch infantrymen stood on a ridge near the Baluchi Valley, an area in south-central Afghanistan controlled by the Taliban and tribes opposed to the central government. (more…)  More >

Land of the Giants: Dutch Tower over Americans

When you think tall, you probably think America. Tallest buildings. Tallest athletes. Tallest population. But no longer. Today, to find the world's tallest people, you have to look beyond the windmills, wooden shoes, and wheels of cheese … to tiny Holland. (more…)  More >

US filmmakers silent on Dutch director’s death

It is a particularly hateful comment on the state of American cinema that one of the most egregious examples of Islamofacism since the unspeakable events of 9-11 has gone virtually unacknowledged by the filmmaking community. (more…)  More >

US heirs to Nazi-looted art sell four paintings to Dutch state

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands: The US heirs to a major collection of art looted by the Nazis and finally returned last year after years of legal wrangling have sold four paintings back to the Dutch government for €3 million (US$4 million) and donated a fifth work as thanks. (more…)  More >

Little fish in a ‘multiculti’ pond

One of the new words added to the latest edition of the Dutch dictionary is "multiculti" - short for multicultural. It's a term which can aptly be applied to the neighbourhood in Amsterdam where I've lived for the past twelve years. (more…)  More >

Dutch pioneer floating eco-homes

Small and densely populated, the Netherlands is one of the countries most at risk from climate change and rising sea levels. But in one village in the south of the country, they are trying out a new way of living with an increased risk of floods. (more…)  More >