Normal?

Did anyone really think that the legalisation of brothels would lead to prostitution becoming a 'normal' job? It seems to have taken seven years for someone – Amsterdam mayor Job Cohen – to come out and state the obvious. (more…)  More >


Foreign pests

Thursday's Volkskrant looks at the difficulties the Netherlands faces in getting rid of the 'foreign' animals and plants which are setting up home on its waterways. (more…)  More >


Sweetener

No sooner is the budget released and partially digested and politicians of every political hue start jumping up and down demanding more money for this and less taxes on that. (more…)  More >


Biggest, best

The Dutch reputation for being happy with a C+ is undeserved, according to HP/de Tijd. The magazine carries a list of 50 Dutch facts which, it says, are worthy of an A- at least. (more…)  More >


Hotels only

So what has Amsterdam Centrum borough council come up with now to boost the city’s tourist industry and encourage professionals to come and work in the capital? (more…)  More >


Papers on budget

Holland’s biggest paper, the Telegraaf headlines its front page budget story with the word inleveren (hand back). ‘It’s a bitter pill but luckily we are thrifty,’ one couple with a baby tells the paper. (more…)  More >


Revenge

Some people are already calling the finance minister's first budget ‘the revenge of Wouter Bos’. Bos is in a difficult position. His Labour party (PvdA) is losing popularity in the polls. Bos himself has been criticised for not being tough enough on top people's pay and for supporting redundancy law reforms. (more…)  More >


Predictable

The budget has once again been leaked - it’s a tradition as old as the swallows returning to the mission of San Juan Capistrano. (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 >


News

The Liberal VVD party's decision to expel its outspoken former integration minister Rita Verdonk dominates the front pages this morning. All but one paper carries a photo of Verdonk, carefully styled for occasion. (more…)  More >


She’s back

Just when you thought Rita Verdonk had vanished off the face of the earth she turns up on the front page of the Telegraaf, criticising her party leader and the VVD's invisibility in the immigration debate. (more…)  More >


Slow

Now we’ve all gone green and air travel is frowned upon, thank goodness for high-speed trains. We can all sit back while whizzing between Amsterdam and Paris or Amsterdam and London in a couple of hours. Well that’s the theory. (more…)  More >


Interference

What exactly is social affairs minister Piet Hein Donner trying to tell us? In a lecture last night he said that the government has no business interfering with top salaries in the private sector. (more…)  More >


Adding up

Something does not quite add up here. For years universities, hbo and teacher training colleges have been complaining about students' poor levels of English and maths (so much so that some of them are testing first year students on basic grammar and giving them extra lessons). (more…)  More >


Royal yacht

It is terribly kind of the Dutch taxpayer to keep paying towards the cost of the queen Beatrix' private yacht, De Groene Draeck (green dragon). Defence minister Eimert van Middelkoop told MPs yesterday that his ministry would continue footing the bill for the boat - put at around €112,000 a year. (more…)  More >


Self important

You have to ask just how self important the people responsible for running Dutch primary schools' after-school clubs think they are. (more…)  More >