Culture Instead of Cannabis: Amsterdam's Art Mecca Ambitions

Culture Instead of Cannabis: Amsterdam's Art Mecca Ambitions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 04, 2013

Half a billion euros is being spent in Amsterdam to renovate its major art museums. Will the city of canals and Van Goghs shed its grittier side and become the Florence of the 21st century? By Ulrike Knöfel more... Comment ]

Underwater: The Netherlands Falls Prey to Economic Crisis

Underwater: The Netherlands Falls Prey to Economic Crisis

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 02, 2013

The Netherlands, Berlin's most important ally in pushing for greater budgetary discipline in Europe, has fallen into an economic crisis itself. The once exemplary economy is suffering from huge debts and a burst real estate bubble, which has stalled growth and endangered jobs. By Christoph Schult and Anne Seith more... Comment ]

Replacing Juncker: Dutch Minister Favored to Head Euro Group

Replacing Juncker: Dutch Minister Favored to Head Euro Group

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 10, 2013

Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, a relative newcomer to EU politics, is now the favorite to take over the top spot at the Euro Group of euro-zone finance ministers. By Stefan Simons and Carsten Volkery more...

Cleaning Up Amsterdam: A Punitive Village for Dutch Ne'er-Do-Wells

Cleaning Up Amsterdam: A Punitive Village for Dutch Ne'er-Do-Wells

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 04, 2012

Amsterdam is planning to introduce a program that will send abusive neighbors and vandals to punitive housing outside of the city center. The hope is that it will deter perennial bullies, but it is being criticized for its similarity to the "scum villages" proposed by right-wing populist politician Geert Wilders. more...

Picasso, Matisse, Monet and More: Spectacular Art Heist Stuns Rotterdam Museum

Picasso, Matisse, Monet and More: Spectacular Art Heist Stuns Rotterdam Museum

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 16, 2012

In one of the largest art heists in recent years, thieves in the Dutch city of Rotterdam made off with seven works by renowned artists such as Matisse, Monet, Picasso and Gauguin. Experts say the paintings could be worth up to 100 million euros altogether. more...

Election in the Netherlands: Dutch Voters Choose Pro-European Parties

Election in the Netherlands: Dutch Voters Choose Pro-European Parties

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 13, 2012

The incumbent conservative-liberal VVD party has won the Dutch election, with the center-left Labor Party coming in second. The result is a show of support for the current government's euro-crisis policies and a rejection of euroskeptic parties, with right-wing populist Geert Wilders suffering a major defeat. more... Comment ]

Hard Times Hit Rich Holland: Dutch Vote Hinges On Euro Crisis

Hard Times Hit Rich Holland: Dutch Vote Hinges On Euro Crisis

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 11, 2012

As the euro crisis comes to a head, German Chancellor Angela Merkel could lose an important partner in her fight for a stable currency. Even if incumbent Prime Minister Mark Rutte wins Wednesday's election in the Netherlands, he will have to make concessions in what are likely to be difficult coalition talks. By Jörg Diehl more...

Dutch Discontent: Socialists Ride Wave of Anti-EU Sentiment

Dutch Discontent: Socialists Ride Wave of Anti-EU Sentiment

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 28, 2012

The economy is in trouble and unemployment is rising -- in the Netherlands as in much of the rest of Europe. Ahead of upcoming elections, the Socialists are riding a wave of euro-skepticism and may emerge as the strongest political force in the country. By Christoph Pauly in Rotterdam more... Comment ]

Oranje's Crippling Egotism: Can the Dutch Footballers Learn Teamwork?

Oranje's Crippling Egotism: Can the Dutch Footballers Learn Teamwork?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 13, 2012

When it comes to winning titles, the talented but egotistical footballers on the Dutch national side are usually the only people standing in their own way. But as they prepare to battle Germany in the European Championship on Wednesday night, there are signs that a new sense of teamwork may be emerging. By Markus Feldenkirchen more... Comment ]

Germany Battles Holland: 'We Need This Ritualized War'

Germany Battles Holland: 'We Need This Ritualized War'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 12, 2012

Germany and the Netherlands are set to clash at the European Football Championship on Wednesday night, reigniting a deep-seated rivalry between the neighboring countries. Dutch writer Leon de Winter tells SPIEGEL why the Dutch hate the Germans and need the "ritualized war" of the game. more...