Monday 16 September 2019

Opinion pieces, columns and insights into Dutch news and current affairs from key commentators

Flexible holidays

Flexible holidays

Many people would like to work flexible hours. But there are pitfalls, writes Annemarie van Gaal. The working week is no longer restricted to Monday to Friday, nine to five. Technology and the 24-hour economy enable us to work when and where we like. A recent survey by McKinsey showed that most people in the Netherlands would like a more flexible working week. Nearly half of the respondents would like to decide the number of hours they work and choose... More >


Huddle around the hubs

Huddle around the hubs

In a 1997 survey on how the Dutch saw the future of their living environment most respondents were optimistic about their own particular neighbourhood. But they weren’t as sanguine about the country as a whole, says professor Zef Hemel. They were concerned about increasing traffic, industry and pollution, and especially worried that the country might, in time, become completely built up. They feared that their ideal – to live in or near the country – would become impossible to achieve.... More >






Evil Knevel

Evil Knevel

Youp lets fly at a religious talkshow host possessed by the devil and an inconsistent mayor. He also explains why he won’t be working for a paper with an iffy past. More >