Bombast

Money can't always buy you success. Media billionaire John de Mol has announced that he has sold his commercial TV channel Tien to its bigger rival RTL Nederland after an unsuccessful two year struggle to gain a market share of 10%. (more…)  More >


Holidays

Many of you may be wondering why some houses have a school bag hanging from their – sometimes rather improvised – flagpole. (more…)  More >


In flight

The bright sparks at the Schiphol airport group are terribly good at getting exactly what they want and persuading the government to constantly move the goal posts. Years ago, the government set strict noise limits for aircraft and imposed a limit on the number of flights that people living close by would have to suffer. (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 >


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 >


Staged

Sidelines would like to apologise for the fact that this is the third golden handshake-related column this week but this little farce is set to run and run. (more…)  More >


Equality

As EU ministers gather in Brussels to discuss how to move forward on the European constitution, two Dutch MEPs have called on the rest of Europe to accept that gay couples can get officially married. (more…)  More >


Grilled

What’s going on in The Hague? The opposition parties were yesterday due to grill the new government over its policy programme which has taken 100 days to formulate. Bingo! (more…)  More >


Losers

The Liberals (VVD) and Labour (PvdA) have now published their reports into last year's election woes, which led to large losses in support for both parties. (more…)  More >


PR

Today's Volkskrant focuses on the amount of money the new government appears to have spent on PR – the budget is €45m for the year, but the prime minister's office told the paper it did not have an overview of total spending so far. (more…)  More >


Charming

The battle to take over ABN Amro Bank has taken an interesting turn: one of the two contenders Barclays Bank is openly waging a charm offensive as well as slugging it out with share and cash bids. (more…)  More >


Online

For the third time in just a few days, people who use the Postbank’s online banking service have found themselves unable to do any business because of a serious computer fault. (more…)  More >


Mess

Saturday’s edition of Amsterdam paper Het Parool carries a double-page spread on the capital’s efforts to get rid of public nuisance number one: dog mess. (more…)  More >


Driven mad

Now here is a novel idea to solve the Netherlands’ endless traffic jam problems - from the boss of the Dutch construction industry lobby group: build new roads, but don't let anyone drive on them. (more…)  More >


People power

The new government has just spent 100 days doing it and now the new parliament is spending a week doing it: finding out what normal people think. (more…)  More >


Ghosts

Nearly 12 years after the Srebrenica massacre, in which several thousand men and boys under the protection of Dutch soldiers were killed by the Bosnian Serbs, the issue still refuses to go away. (more…)  More >