Sunday 08 December 2019


Affinity

The merger talks between ABN Amro and the UK’s Barclays Bank have focused attention on the compatibility of the Dutch and British cultures. In surveys, the Dutch claim to be closest to the British. More >



Ten

When media tycoon John de Mol launched plans for his own TV channel – first called Tien, then Talpa, then Tien again – he spoke of the need for a quality family broadcaster. More >




Rumour

The public disturbances this week in Utrecht are receiving considerable coverage in the foreign media. Not through the traditional news agencies but through the internet via far-right websites and blogs. More >


Bus stop

The three top dogs at state-owned regional bus company Connexxion have voluntarily given up some of their performance-related bonuses because of an ‘arithmetical error’ last year. So what went wrong? More >



Who's who?

Did you know that Christian Democrat MP Jack Biskop is crazy about fountain pens? Or that Labour MP Agnes Wolbert enjoys cultivating bonsai trees? Useless information? Not according to Sander Ruijter and Thierry Baudet who are interviewed in today’s Volkskrant about their new website which provides all sorts of personal and professional info on the country’s 150 MPs. More >


Cracks

The coalition government of progressive social democrats and reactionary confessionals (Christian Democrats, Labour and ChristenUnie) is only a few weeks old, but already cracks are starting to appear in this unholy alliance… More >



Silence

The silence emerging from the Labour camp in the row over the Moroccan human rights work of their MP Khadija Arib is deafening. Were there any Labour MPs in parliament at all during last night’s shameful attack on Arib? More >


Women

The flurry of female-related stories and statistics around at the moment is, of course, due to March 8 being International Women’s Day. Firstly you have the statistics: do the Dutch believe that men and women are equal? TNS Nipo has the answer: some 87% of men and 82% of women think there is legal equality. But equality in practice? More >



Confusion

Less than half the population is expected to vote in the provincial elections today. This is regrettable but it is also understandable, given the arcane structure of this plebiscite. More >







Grey Plague

This week, news magazine HP/De Tijd looks at what it calls ‘The Grey Plague’, the new breed of wealthy and healthy pensioners. The Netherlands has 2.2 million 60- to 75-year-olds who own 65% of the country’s private assets, and to some, they are becoming a nuisance. More >


Two faced

The debate – if you can call it that – about dual nationality highlights petty small-mindedness in the extreme. A vociferous minority in parliament, with considerable backing in the country at large, seem quite happy to insult the one million Dutch nationals who happen to have another nationality as well. More >