Wednesday 22 January 2020

Eurovisionless

So the Netherlands has once again failed to qualify for the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest. This is fantastic news! We should all be cheering that Holland did not make the grade. More >


Tax

Today’s Volkskrant carries an interview with British ‘tax convert’ John Christensen who is in The Hague this afternoon to launch the Dutch arm of the Tax Justice Network. More >



Congratulations

So, congratulations are in order. The Netherlands has gone up from 15th to 8th place in the grandly-named International Institute for Management Development Index – a fact much heralded on the front page of today’s Financieele Dagblad. More >


Cheers!

Home affairs minister Guusje ter Horst needs a lesson in law making and stronger nerves. Not yet 100 days in office she has begun to panic, proposing a ban on alcohol sales for those under 18. A ban that critics say will be impossible to enforce and which has no support in parliament. More >



Celebration? Or riot?

Football hooligans, don’t you just love them? Their team scrapes to victory in the Dutch cup and what do they do? Go on the rampage in the city centre, throw rocks at the police and smash shop windows. What a novel way to celebrate. Even the rain could not dampen their enthusiasm. More >


Money, money, money

The biggest takeover in the history of the financial services industry – that’s banking to ordinary folk – is currently under way, with Holland’s own ABN Amro at the centre. It’s a complicated and confusing story but the bottom line seems to be: how much money will the lawyers and the consultants make out of it all? More >






Orange

There used to be two schools of thought when it came to Queen’s Day. The first was to embrace the whole crazy thing with gusto – whatever your age. The second was to go into hiding, preferably leaving the country a few days before the supermarkets started selling bright orange cakes and not coming back until everyone’s had recovered from their hangovers. More >








Healthy sums

Health minister Ab Klink has barely been in the job for a couple of months, and he is already coming up with schemes which must have the health insurance companies saying ‘oh no, not again’. More >



Lelystad

How clever of transport minister Camiel Eurlings to suggest Amsterdam’s Schiphol shifts some four million passengers a year to the regional airport at Lelystad. It’s a crafty scheme. More >




Cruijff

He’s more famous than Vincent van Gogh. His eccentric use of language is as legendary as his football skills. Johan Cruijff, the best Dutch footballer ever, is 60 today. More >


Bad sport

So junior sports minister Jet Bussemaker plans to take action against aggression, discrimination and over-consumption of alcohol in sport, does she? It is a noble aim indeed, but perhaps an impossible one. It’s partly the nature of the beast. More >