Weak Growth: Agency Strips Netherlands' AAA Rating

Weak Growth: Agency Strips Netherlands' AAA Rating

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 29, 2013

The Netherlands lost its top credit rating on Friday as S&P moved to downgrade the country as a result of its weak economy. Holland had previously been a stable point in the euro crisis. Only 10 countries, including Germany, still retain AAA status worldwide. more... Comment ]

Brooms for Beer: Amsterdam Enlists Alcoholic Street Cleaners

Brooms for Beer: Amsterdam Enlists Alcoholic Street Cleaners

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 21, 2013

Amsterdam has begun employing alcoholics to clean the city's streets, paying them in cash, tobacco and beer. City authorities say it's solving the problems related to public drunkenness. Critics question whether the program unethically enables addiction. By Rainer Leurs more... Comment ]

Semicolon Strife: Russia Rejects Court Hearing Over Punctuation

Semicolon Strife: Russia Rejects Court Hearing Over Punctuation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 06, 2013

Greenpeace activists have languished in a Russian jail for weeks after attempting to board a Gazprom oil rig. The Netherlands, where the activists' ship was registered, has called on the Hamburg-based international marine tribunal to intervene. By Thomas Darnstädt more... Comment ]

'Yid Army': Football Teams' 'Jewish' Identities Questioned

'Yid Army': Football Teams' 'Jewish' Identities Questioned

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 04, 2013

They call themselves the "Yid Army" and "Super Jews": For decades, the fans of football clubs Tottenham Hotspur and Ajax Amsterdam have maintained a Jewish identity despite lacking links to the religion. Criticism of the practice is growing. By Hendrik Buchheister more... Comment ]

Too Many Bikes? Challenges in Europe's Cycling Boom

Too Many Bikes? Challenges in Europe's Cycling Boom

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 08, 2013

More bicycles were supposed to make Europe's cities more livable. Instead, the popularity of two-wheeled travel is causing problems in some cities in Holland and Denmark, where traffic jams and parking shortages are common. Still, planners remain optimistic. By Holger Dambeck more... Comment ]

Rotterdam Art Heist: Stolen Masterpieces Likely Incinerated

Rotterdam Art Heist: Stolen Masterpieces Likely Incinerated

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 18, 2013

The whereabouts of valuable paintings stolen from the Rotterdam Kunsthal museum last year have long been uncertain, despite the arrest of the alleged thieves. Now the mother of one of the accused says she burned them in an oven. more... Comment ]

'Football for All': Dutch Stand Up for Gay Players' Rights

'Football for All': Dutch Stand Up for Gay Players' Rights

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 11, 2013

Next month, the Dutch national football team's coach plans to take a stand for the rights of gay players at the Amsterdam Gay Pride parade. Activitists in Germany, where no professional players are out, hope their football officials will follow his lead. By Jörg Kramer and Michael Wulzinger more... Comment ]

Radical Reform: Dutch iPad Schools Seek to Transform Education

Radical Reform: Dutch iPad Schools Seek to Transform Education

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 28, 2013

Plenty of schools use iPads. But what if the entire education experience were offered via tablet computer? That is what several new schools in the Netherlands plan to do. There will be no blackboards or schedules. Is this the end of the classroom? By Marco Evers more... Comment ]

Royal Succession in Amsterdam: Holland Greets Its New King and Queen

Royal Succession in Amsterdam: Holland Greets Its New King and Queen

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 30, 2013

Following the succession of his mother Beatrix on Tuesday, Willem-Alexander became King of the Netherlands in a grand ceremony that drew royals from around the world and up to a million spectators. Most celebrated the coronation, but anti-monarchists also protested the historic day. By Gesa Mayr in Amsterdam more... Comment ]

Modern Monarch: Holland Crowns a Laid-Back King

Modern Monarch: Holland Crowns a Laid-Back King

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 30, 2013

For years, the Dutch doubted whether Willem-Alexander -- the easy-going prince disparaged in the media as stupid, lazy and intemperate -- had what it takes to rule. Crowned king on Tuesday morning, the 46-year-old will now attempt something his mother never did: to be a thoroughly modern monarch. By Gesa Mayr more... Comment ]