Thursday 01 December 2022


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 >


Saturday’s edition of Amsterdam paper Het Parool carries a double-page spread on the capital’s efforts to get rid of public nuisance number one: dog mess. More >

Driven mad

Now here is a novel idea to solve the Netherlands’ endless traffic jam problems – from the boss of the Dutch construction industry lobby group: build new roads, but don’t let anyone drive on them. More >

People power

The new government has just spent 100 days doing it and now the new parliament is spending a week doing it: finding out what normal people think. More >


Nearly 12 years after the Srebrenica massacre, in which several thousand men and boys under the protection of Dutch soldiers were killed by the Bosnian Serbs, the issue still refuses to go away. More >


So, you are a political party and you do pretty badly at the election, losing 25% of your parliamentary seats when you should have been making serious gains. Your leader comes under fire for dithering and failing to capitalise on the changing political tide. More >

Good taste

The knee-jerk reaction of the world’s press to BNN’s kidney donation tv reality show is yet another example of being quick to condemn without having all the facts. Of course the show is in dreadful taste and of course it is ghoulish in the extreme, but that is exactly what the show aims to be. More >


The crowd trouble after Tuesday night’s friendly between the Dutch and the Moroccan youth teams –- in which Moroccan supporters trashed the Tilburg stadium –- led to 26 arrests and a five year ban on friendlies between the two countries. More >

Ugly facts

Teenage girls are of course famous for their obsession with the body beautiful. Hours of preening in front of the mirror, shelves chock-a-block with lotions and potions to cure every conceivable blemish and drawers jammed with concealers, blushers, bronzers and a dizzying array of mascaras. More >


In late November we had a general election and in mid-February we got a new government. But it won’t be until mid-June – seven months after the election – that we will actually get an inkling of what the new cabinet is planning to do. More >


What happens when you become so intrigued by a gorilla that you make frequent visits to the zoo to gaze at him across a water-filled ditch? In the case of the unfortunate Petronella Yvonne de Horde, the answer is severe injuries and a hospital stay. More >


Nearly 200,000 households have been told to boil their water for at least two minutes before drinking it because E-coli bacteria has been found in it, yet nobody seems to turn a hair. More >

Dutch missing out on UN pie

The United Nations is big business – its various organisations spend billions a year on goods and services provided by international companies. But Dutch businesses haven’t had much luck in getting a share of those billions – in 2005, the Netherlands was 19th on the list of countries doing business with the UN. More >