Dutch authorities probe China link to baby milk shortages

Much-in-demand powdered baby milk formula, made by German company Milupa. Photo: EPA

The Dutch government yesterday ordered an investigation into persistent shortages of certain brands of baby formula, blamed on networks of traffickers who ship milk powder to China where it is sold at premium prices.

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First-time buyers offered flatpack kit homes in the Netherlands

An artist's impression of an Exs Architects' flatpack Deckhouse

If you like spending time in the greenhouse and following the sun throughout the day, you might opt for the Hayhouse; or if you're more drawn to the idea of a cosy Scandinavian log cabin, maybe the Deckhouse is for you.

9 May 2013 - 2:22am

Former Hong Kong diplomat jailed 12 years for spying

Dutch diplomat Raymond Poeteray and his wife Meta. Photo: SCMP Pictures

A former Hong Kong-based diplomat has been jailed for 12 years for selling hundreds of sensitive military documents to Russia intelligence - including Nato's activities in Afghanistan and Libya. Ex-Dutch foreign service employee Raymond Poeteray - who worked at the consulate in Hong Kong between 2004 and 2008 - "perturbed and undermined the interests of the Netherlands and its allies", the court in The Hague said in a statement yesterday.

24 Apr 2013 - 4:02am

Dutch public reject anthem for new king due to song's 'imbecilic' lyrics

Willem-Alexander. Photo: AFP

Dutch organisers were scrambling yesterday to find a new song to mark the upcoming enthronement of the Netherlands' new king after a serenade written especially for the inauguration attracted a storm of criticism for its "imbecilic" lyrics.

22 Apr 2013 - 5:50am

Ex-Dutch envoy accused of spying for Russia in Hong Kong goes on trial

Raymond Poeteray is linked to Russian spy Anna Chapman.

The former Dutch foreign service employee, Raymond Poeteray, worked at the consulate in Hong Kong between 2004 and 2008. He faces charges of passing state secrets to Russian secret service SVR - the successor to the KGB - as well as bribery, laundering more than HK$870,000 and possession of a firearm.

7 Apr 2013 - 6:47am

Ask The Foodie: Nick Pauli

Wheels of fortune: Nick Pauli of The Dutch Cheese and More at his shop in Sheung Wan. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Dutchman Nick Pauli got chatting to his now business partner Dirk Jasper about Dutch cheese at a football game, where they were both cheering their sons on.

14 Feb 2013 - 8:47am

Cameron 'better off staying at home' than giving EU reform speech

The Dutch are not happy with British Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to deliver his speech about Britain’s future in the EU in their country. Photo: Reuters

The Dutch are increasingly uneasy about Prime Minister David Cameron coming to the Netherlands to make his speech on Britain’s future in Europe, with some critics saying he’d be better off staying at home.

17 Jan 2013 - 12:35pm

Amsterdam shops selling pot will stay open

Foreigners can still smoke hashish at Amsterdam's coffee shops next year despite a new Dutch law to reduce drug tourism. Photo: NYT

Amsterdam's 220 coffee shops, where marijuana and hashish are openly sold and consumed, will remain open next year in spite of a new Dutch law meant to reduce drug tourism, the city's mayor said.

3 Nov 2012 - 4:13am

Emmanuelle actress Sylvia Kristel dies in Netherlands after fight with cancer

Sylvia Kristel starred in five Emmanuelle films. Photo: AFP

Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel, whose iconic Emmanuelle role symbolised the sexual revolution of the 1970s and who spent years fighting drug addiction, has died aged 60 after a battle with cancer.

19 Oct 2012 - 5:23am

Smoked salmon blamed for salmonella outbreak in Netherlands

Photo: AP

Smoked salmon tainted with salmonella has sickened hundreds of people in the Netherlands, authorities said, sparking major recalls there and in the US.

US health authorities say they are also investigating whether the salmon could be at the root of a multi-state outbreak of the illness.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Insurers estimate riot damage of least €1m in Dutch town of Haren

Workers clean up debris in Haren after police clashed with hundreds of youths who tried to crash a girl's 16th birthday party. Photo: AFP

Insurers estimate that the damage bill from rioting in a sleepy Dutch town after a Facebook party invitation went viral could top a €1 million (HK$10.1million).

After a night of violence when police officers were pelted with stones, bottles, tubs of flowers and even bicycles, local officials lined up to denounce those responsible and promise they would be brought to justice.

24 Sep 2012 - 4:11am

Fiery right-wing leader Geert Wilders' resignation ploy backfires

Geert Wilders

Far-right leader Geert Wilders, who suffered spectacular losses in Wednesday's Dutch election, precipitated his own defeat by collapsing the previous government.

The Netherlands' "best known politician outside the country", thanks to his hard-line anti-Muslim stance, Wilders appealed to local voters on a populist platform taking aim at the "bureaucrats in Brussels".

14 Sep 2012 - 4:11am

Beer-brewing Dutch try their hand at making wine

Job and Neeltje Huisman drink a Nieuw Tivoli 2011, a white wine produced from the special grapes in their vineyards. Photo: AFP

Too cold, too wet and not enough sunlight: for centuries, the beer-brewing Netherlands has been snubbed as a good place to plant vineyards and make decent wines - until now.

3 Sep 2012 - 5:16am

Ex-diplomat Raymond Poeteray didn't' spy while in HK, court told

Raymond Poeteray

A former Hong Kong-based diplomat accused of being part of a Russian spy ring was simply "gossiping" about colleagues and not passing secrets about them, his lawyer has told a court in the Netherlands.

26 Aug 2012 - 5:04am

One man's island, another man's dream

One man's island, another man's dream

You might know them as the Diaoyu or the Senkaku islands, but my people call them the Bezotteneijlanden, which once sheltered our ancestor Jakobus de Pechvogel, when he lived there as a castaway 500 years ago.

24 Aug 2012 - 3:13am