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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 ]

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 ]