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Interview with Geert Wilders: Why Dutch Populists Want to Leave the EU

Interview with Geert Wilders: Why Dutch Populists Want to Leave the EU

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 01, 2016

Could Brexit lead other countries to seek to leave the European Union? SPIEGEL spoke with far-right Dutch populist Geert Wilders about how he wants to use a "Nexit" to prevent the "Islamization" of the Netherlands. Interview Conducted by Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]

The Last Days of Annie Bus: A Chronicle of Dutch Euthanasia

The Last Days of Annie Bus: A Chronicle of Dutch Euthanasia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 04, 2015

Annie Bus of the Netherlands suffered from horrendous pain and paralysis, but not from a terminal illness. She wanted to die anyway. The story of how she got her wish demonstrates how difficult it is to set boundaries in a country that permits assisted suicide. By Laura Höflinger more... Comment ]


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 ]