Dutch identity does exist

Unlike Princess Máxima, two thirds of all Dutch people in the Netherlands and abroad think that a Dutch identity does exist. More than half of them are also proud to call themselves Dutch. (more…)  More >


Chestnuts

An awful lot of people seem to have gotten themselves in a tizzy about the horse chestnut tree that Anne Frank wrote about while in hiding from the Nazis during WWII. (more…)  More >


Talking sense

At last somebody is talking sense about immigration and assimilation. Integration minister Ella Vogelaar has set out plans to bridge the cultural gap between the native Dutch and the immigrant population. (more…)  More >


Good job

Does the Netherlands actually have a government? The general election was a year ago and what has been achieved since then? It is hard to say. (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 >


Oil

The $100 barrel of crude oil is careering round the corner, and though the plummeting dollar is cushioning the pain for Europeans, how much longer can that last? (more…)  More >


Hysteria

It now seems fairly likely that we will never officially get to the bottom of what caused the mystery outbreak of headaches, dizziness and nausea among people who visited a pet shop in Hoogeveen. (more…)  More >


Problems

Perhaps all self-respecting Poles, Slovaks, Estonians, Lithuanians and every one else from eastern and central Europe should leave the Netherlands now while the going is still good. (more…)  More >


Aegist II

How incredibly patronising. The number of over-65s landing in court on criminal charges ranging from arson and murder to drug dealing and shoplifting has rocketed and the response from the authorities is one of hysteria and a complete misreading of the situation. (more…)  More >


Squatters

Amsterdam would not be what it is today without squatters. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, many buildings, often old industrial properties, were saved from demolition by squatters. (more…)  More >


Priorities

Sometimes, you just have to ask if police chiefs actually live in the real world. At the beginning of this week, the country's most senior officers announced a crack-down on bicycle lamps which break the law. (more…)  More >


Ass

The law is an ass, or rather the people that administer the law can sometimes be asses. This certainly applies to the Dutch legal system which was today due to release six suspects from custody because the judge who put them there technically wasn’t yet a judge. (more…)  More >


Ageist

There is something deeply unpleasant about the reasoning of the state for its decision not to call up women over the age of 75 for a two-yearly breast cancer screen. (more…)  More >


Nuna

Congratulations are due to the crew of the Nuna4, the solar-powered car which nipped across Australia in 33 hours 17 minutes and crossed the finishing line in the World Solar Challenge first for the fourth year in a row. (more…)  More >