Thursday 04 June 2020

Moral outcry

There is an outcry in the media and among many of the opposition parties that the state is embarking on a moral crusade. This week alone there have been three proposals to tighten the moral reigns on society. More >


In March this year there was an enormous outcry following the death of a 17-year-old French girl, who apparently jumped off the Nemo science museum in Amsterdam and killed herself after eating magic mushrooms. More >


The big political news of the day is junior finance minister Jan Kees de Jager who has been cleared – by a committee which he set up himself – of being a bad boss. More >


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 >


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

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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >