Cash out

There seems to be a lot of agonizing going on at the moment about how people should pay for goods and services. And with two armed robberies in Amsterdam yesterday, it is understandable that the move is away from cash. (more…)  More >


Mystery

Amsterdam's image as a tourist hot spot has taken a few knocks recently, with tales of rip-of merchants posing as taxi drivers, rude café staff and hoards of drunken Brits on every street corner. (more…)  More >


Leaking

It is that time of year again. The schools are almost all back, there are hopes of an Indian summer... and the first of the pre-budget leaks have hit the papers. (more…)  More >


Homo

It is bizarre, to say the least, that at a time when the Netherlands is worried about losing its image as a gay-friendly country, justice ministry officials seem to regard calling someone 'homo' as an insult. (more…)  More >


Rebellion

The Dutch Labour party has a mini rebellion on its hands that could, if not properly managed, turn into a fully-fledged coup. Around 25 party members including a number of big names, want the party to become more left wing. They want to fight moves to make it easier to sack people, a super tax on the wealthy and a referendum over the new EU treaty. (more…)  More >


Farming

So Dutch pig farmers are planning to build ever-bigger pig farms in an effort to keep their heads above water because of cheaper pork production elsewhere. (more…)  More >


Duck

It would be nice, now that the schools are going back and life is returning to normal after the summer break, if MP Geert Wilders would finally take himself off on holiday and leave the front pages to everyone else. (more…)  More >


Pressure

Things have come to a pretty pass when the country that so enthusiastically invented the Big Brother tv show is now drawing up petitions to have ‘son of Big Brother’ – better known as the Golden Cage - removed from our screens. (more…)  More >


Helpful

It is about time that patients' organisations started calling on doctors to be more available, not only via the telephone but also person to person. (more…)  More >


Soggy Amsterdam’s Test: Digging a Subway

Seventeenth-century masons built Amsterdam on a foundation of wooden poles planted in soggy, sandy ground, leaving behind a beautiful architectural museum - but one with walls prone to sinking or crumbling without warning. So how do you dig a subway under it? (more…)  More >


Drunk

The good old Labour party (PvdA) has come up with the best possible way of dealing with the Dutch under-age drinking problem - make it a criminal offence for a juvenile to be found with alcohol in his or her possession. (more…)  More >


Transport

Does anyone apart from junior transport minister Tineke Huizinga still think privatising public transport actually benefits anyone other than the private companies and their shareholders? (more…)  More >


Self deluded

The national statistics office CBS said yesterday that there has been a 'spectacular' increase in the number of self-employed in the Netherlands – up 9% in the first quarter of the year. (more…)  More >


Clever business

The takeover battle for ABN Amro Bank has spawned an interesting sub plot: the battle of the business schools. British bank Barclays, one of the contenders for ABN Amro, yesterday pledged to invest €20m in a business school in Amsterdam if its bid is successful. This flies in the face of a Dutch initiative Holland Financial Center which aims to set up a business school for top talent. (more…)  More >


Ugly

A survey for the nature management ministry this week found that 60% of the population expect the Dutch landscape become uglier over the next five years. The Dutch have a skewed relationship with their landscape. (more…)  More >


Knee-jerk

The knee-jerk reaction of anti-immigration party leader Geert Wilders when anyone mentions Islam and culture in the same breath is not only racist but becoming increasingly boring. (more…)  More >


Abnegation

What is a government for? The question springs to mind with the news that insurers are planning to charge people with an unhealthy lifestyle a higher premium or leave them to pay medical bills themselves. (more…)  More >


Indecent

Leggings may be back as a fashion item (worn under a dress or skirt) but a minister in the Brabant village of Nederhemert has told his female flock that this garment is not welcome in his church or village, reports the Volkskrant. (more…)  More >