Netherlands en Dutch mother convicted of killing her 4 newborns <p> Her arrest last year came after four decomposing bodies were found in suitcases in her attic.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Netherlands Europe Wed, 04 May 2011 05:32:37 +0000 News Desk 5642279 at Netherlands to close cannabis cafes to tourists, impose restrictions on Dutch <p> The Netherlands is known as having one of the most liberal &quot;soft drug&quot; policies, and the country&#39;s cannabis cafes, where the sale and use of cannabis is tolerated, have become popular tourist attractions, pulling in millions of tourists a year.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BeNeLux Drugs Netherlands the Netherlands Travel/Tourism Europe Culture & Lifestyle Sun, 29 May 2011 03:36:00 +0000 News Desk 5648018 at Jews and Muslims protest Dutch vote to ban ritual animal slaughtering <p> If the law is enacted and enforced, it&#39;s likely that observant Jews and Muslims, who butcher animals according to stringent centuries-old rules, would have to import meat from abroad, stop eating it altogether, or leave the country.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BeNeLux Islam Netherlands the Netherlands Europe World Religion Culture & Lifestyle Health Wed, 29 Jun 2011 06:13:00 +0000 News Desk 5661566 at Reality TV: Who wants to be a refugee? <p> BRUSSELS &mdash; Debuted last week, the show may sound like a scene from a surreal black comedy, but &quot;Weg van Nederlands&quot; (or &quot;Crazy about the Netherlands&quot;) is for real.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BeNeLux Netherlands Entertainment Tue, 06 Sep 2011 10:42:00 +0000 Paul Ames 5674552 at Thousands of Dutch children raped, new independent report claims Roman Catholic institutions in Netherlands cited for massive child sex abuse<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BeNeLux child sex abuse Home Netherlands rape Roman Catholic Church Europe World Religion Culture & Lifestyle Europa Fri, 16 Dec 2011 16:53:51 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5684439 at New Year's Eve: Dutch giraffes soothed by pop music <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dutch obsession with New Year's Eve fireworks rattles giraffes at Netherlands zoo; only pop music can calm the animals. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> It&#39;s New Year&#39;s Eve at the zoo, your neighbors are going crazy with fireworks, and the giraffes are spooked. What do you do?</p> <p> At Amersfoort Animal Park in the Netherlands, staff tune into Radio 2, a public radio station that plays pop music, and crank up the volume.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa animals BeNeLux Music Netherlands Wildlife News Weird Wide Web Sat, 31 Dec 2011 15:10:09 +0000 News Desk 5685570 at Europe’s deep freeze has Netherlands buzzing with hopes for epic Elfstedentocht ice race Brussels — Up to 2 million spectators are expected for one of world’s most grueling sports events, if the ice reaches the required thickness.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Netherlands the Netherlands Europe Fri, 10 Feb 2012 19:38:40 +0000 Paul Ames 5690795 at European austerity by the numbers: in or out of the euro zone today's figures are grim. <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Statistics prove yet again: cutting alone will not help an economy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> The European economic numbers flow across my computer screen, not quite as quickly as the ticker tape crawl at CNBC or Bloomberg, but there are a lot of them and virtually every one is bad. And in or out of the euro zone, they all point to the same thing: austerity isn&#39;t working.</p> <p> In Greece: the economy contracted by 7 percent in the last quarter. Since austerity budgets began to be implemented two years ago Greece&#39;s debt had jumped from 115 percent of GDP to 166 percent of GDP, the <a href="">Guardian</a> reports.</p> <p> In Britain: Unemployment is at 8.4 percent according to the Office of National Statistics, a 16 year high (I have reported on other sources of unemployment statistics <a href="">here</a>).</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> austerity BeNeLux Britain British unemployment euro zone debt crisis France Germany Home Italy Netherlands Regions U.S. unemployment Business Debt Crisis France Europe Germany Global Economy Italy United Kingdom On Europe Wed, 15 Feb 2012 13:09:41 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5691811 at Prince Johan Friso of Netherlands critically injured in avalanche "Doctors treating him describe the prince's condition as stable, but his life remains at risk," according to a government statement.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Austria Netherlands Europe Fri, 17 Feb 2012 16:22:00 +0000 News Desk 5692215 at Netherlands: Scientists grow meat for 'test-tube burger' <p> The lab-grown muscle tissue looks a bit like calamari, according to the BBC.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Netherlands Green Food & Drink Europe Science Mon, 20 Feb 2012 19:07:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5692542 at Dutch prince Johan Friso 'may never regain consciousness' <p> Wolfgang Koller, head of Innsbruck University Hospital&rsquo;s trauma unit, told a press conference broadcast live on Dutch national TV that it took nearly 50 minutes to reanimate Friso after he was pulled from the snow near the Lech ski resort.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BeNeLux Europe Netherlands Europe Fri, 24 Feb 2012 12:11:00 +0000 Luke Browne 5693277 at European Union or U.S. of E? <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Everyone hates the capital, states demand rights over their budgets... sounds like America, right? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> In a different context yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, indulged in a bit cliche mongering, &quot;&quot;If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then what is it?&quot; he asked his audience at AIPAC in connection with Iran&#39;s nuclear program.</p> <p> You could ask the same questions about the European Union - just substitute the phrase &quot;United States of Europe&quot; for duck and you&#39;ll get my point.</p> <p> Less than two working days after EU leaders signed a new fiscal compact limiting annual budget deficits to 3.5 percent of GDP. Individual states are already squawking.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BeNeLux EU euro zone debt crisis fiscal compact Geert Wilders Home Netherlands Regions Spain Business Debt Crisis Europe Global Economy Spain United Kingdom On Europe Europa GlobalPost Blogs Tue, 06 Mar 2012 13:34:48 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5694771 at Dutch Roman Catholic church castrated boys in 1950s to 'cure' homosexuality <p> According to a report published at the weekend by a Dutch newspaper, an 18-year-old man was castrated in 1956 after telling police he was being abused by priests at a Catholic boarding school in the Netherlands.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Netherlands World Religion Europe World Religion Wed, 21 Mar 2012 21:11:00 +0000 Luke Browne 5697113 at Uncertainty in Europe sends markets falling <p> Last night&rsquo;s narrow victory for Socialist presidential candidate Fran&ccedil;ois Hollande in France and the collapse of budget talks in the Netherlands both contributed to market nerves, as did weak manufacturing data released Monday.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> France Germany Netherlands Business Europe Mon, 23 Apr 2012 14:24:21 +0000 Luke Browne 5701440 at Netherlands court upholds ban on tourists in pot cafes <p> Dutch residents will still be allowed to enter any one of the 700 coffee shops across the Netherlands where cannabis is available, but must have valid identification or possibility hold a new &lsquo;weed pass&rsquo; which is currently being debated.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BeNeLux Netherlands Europe Fri, 27 Apr 2012 12:35:00 +0000 Luke Browne 5702127 at