Sunday 09 August 2020





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 >



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 >


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 >



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 >


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 >



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 >


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 >



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 >


NATO promises just enough to keep Dutch on Afghan mission: former commander

AMSTERDAM – NATO defence ministers seem to have done just enough with meagre offers of additional troops to convince the Dutch to carry on the fight in southern Afghanistan, a former military commander said Friday. Retired Dutch Maj.-Gen Frank van Kappen’s observation appeared supported by remarks from a senior member of the ruling party in the Netherlands. More >



Senior US Democratic lawmaker offends Dutch counterparts with historical remarks

Dutch lawmakers who visited the Guantanamo Bay military prison this week said they were offended by a testy exchange in Washington with a senior congressional Democrat. The lawmakers said that Tom Lantos, chairman of the House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee, told them that “Europe was not as outraged by Auschwitz as by Guantanamo Bay.” 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 >



Blog

Given the small number of people who read or write in the Dutch language in global terms, it can sometimes feel like very few people abroad are following the online traffic from this little country by the North Sea. More >


A trifle

Good to know that Dutch novelists earn so much money that they can afford to turn down a prestigious award because the prize money isn’t worth being picked up. More >



Boaring

Sidelines is starting to get extremely suspicious about the plague of wild boar which are apparently digging up gardens and running into cars all over the Veluwe heath lands. More >