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Occasionally, we publish an English translation of our articles, believing they might be of interest to non-Dutch readers. You will find those articles listed here.

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2020

© Matthias Leuhof

Pandemic management, Dutch style: ‘ping-ponging responsibilities back and forth’

Interview
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Karin Spaink

Karin Spaink

Amrish Baidjoe is one of the few Dutch outbreak experts with broad experience in crisis situations. At the end of July, he and other experts founded a think tank, the Red Team, to advise on alternative strategies for dealing with the pandemic. After it published a report on facemasks last weekend, prime minister Mark Rutte decided that the Outbreak Management Team, which advises the government, should take another look at the issue. Baidjoe is moderately positive about the tighter rules issued by the government yesterday. ‘We’ve reached the stage where we can no longer stop the flow of infections with testing and contact tracing alone,’ he says.

Frank Vogel
© Oscar Seykens

In the crosshairs of tax and investigation services: Dutch CumEx trader Frank Vogel

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Eric Smit & Siem Eikelenboom

Eric Smit & Siem Eikelenboom

The tax authorities of several countries are chasing Frank Vogel, the Dutch king of the CumEx trade. Claims ranging in the millions of euros are awaiting him in Belgium and Denmark. In Germany, he is a suspect in at least one criminal investigation. A reconstruction of the tumultuous career of a notorious dividend stripper.

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What really happens when a global crisis hits us

Opinie
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Thomas Bollen

Thomas Bollen

‘Most people are decent,’ is the central thesis of Rutger Bregman's new book ‘Humankind: A Hopeful History’. The prominent Dutch historian believes that if we embrace this positive image of humanity, the corona crisis will herald the end of the neoliberal era. Financial economist Thomas Bollen wonders whether this is really true: we talk about solidarity, but in the meantime social inequality is growing.

© JanJaap Rypkema

BP knew the truth about climate change 30 years ago. Now, it’s time to ban fossil industry advertising

Opinie
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Vatan Hüzeir

Vatan Hüzeir

Twenty-three years ago, BP became the first oil major to explicitly acknowledge the realities of man-made climate change. A recently re-discovered videotape proves that by that time, the company had been well aware of the issue for some 7 years. What comes next?

© Maude Barlow

‘We must take the global water crisis as seriously as the current pandemic’

Interview
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Mira Sys

Mira Sys

Washing your hands thoroughly with soap is one of the most effective ways of combating the coronavirus. But what if you don't have access to clean water, a reality for over two billion people worldwide? Follow the Money speaks to Maude Barlow, a Canadian human rights activist who helped ensure that water was recognised as a fundamental right by the UN.

© Matthias Leuhof

EU member states do not want a common coronavirus policy

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Peter Teffer

Peter Teffer

In a Europe without borders, a virus spreads more easily than elsewhere. Although the EU has acknowledged this fact on several occasions, member states do not want to relinquish their sovereignty in the field of public health. The EU agency established after SARS is but a shadow of its American counterpart.

De ‘slaven van het financiële systeem’ bij een act bij de ECB in Frankfurt, 2018.
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Solidarity with Italy is also about saving the European banking sector

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Thomas Bollen

Thomas Bollen

Dutch citizens have been asked to show solidarity with southern Europe. But Italy is not the only one needing help. If citizens do not provide financial support, the European banking sector is at risk of going under – again.

© ANP / Remko de Waal

Roche releases recipe after European Commission considers intervention due to lack of coronavirus tests

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Eelke van Ark & Jan-Hein Strop

Eelke van Ark & Jan-Hein Strop

Pharmaceutical company Roche announced Friday afternoon that it will release the recipe for its lysis buffer if Dutch laboratories ask for it. Earlier today Follow the Money revealed that the European Commission was exploring options for an intervention in pharmaceutical company Roche, instigated by the possible abuse by Roche of its position of power on the coronavirus test market. Below you find the article that prompted Roche to release its recipe.

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‘Test, test, test’ – but only if it pleases pharmaceutical company Roche

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Jan-Hein Strop & Eelke van Ark

Jan-Hein Strop & Eelke van Ark

The Dutch policy of limited testing for the coronavirus is largely caused by a shortage of laboratory supplies. Pharmaceutical company Roche dominates the market for lab materials and currently supplies a mere 30 per cent of the Dutch orders. Roche holds the key to the storage cabinet and has as of yet kept the recipe which could help overcome certain shortages under its hat.

2019

© JanJaap Rypkema

Already in 2005, the FIOD detected worldwide billion-dollar fraud with dividend tax

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Eric Smit & Siem Eikelenboom

Eric Smit & Siem Eikelenboom

At the end of 2005, the FIOD - the Dutch Fiscal Information and Investigation Service - was well aware that a Fortis division was engaged in dividend stripping. This type of trade with dividend has seriously disadvantaged tax authorities in a number of countries; the damage amounts to billions of euros. However, the FIOD did not share this information with sister services abroad, which therefore remained ignorant of the fact that their systems were susceptible to this type of fraud as well. It was not until 2013 that the CumEx scandal broke out in Germany.

2018

© JanJaap Rypkema

As a state bank, ABN Amro was involved in international dividend tax fraud

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Eric Smit & Siem Eikelenboom

Eric Smit & Siem Eikelenboom

Few banks committed the CumEx fraud as fanatically as state bank ABN Amro did. Since 2006, the Ministry of Finance had detailed knowledge of this. However, even after the Ministry became the owner of ABN Amro in 2008, the bank knowingly remained involved in transactions that seriously affected tax authorities. The Ministry did not share the knowledge of this fraud with the Minister and did not interfere with the CumEx trading.