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Never On Sonntag or Domenica


Originally forbidden until 3 a.m. Monday, driving is now permitted after 8 Sunday evening. Police report a dramatic rise in calls to break up fights among families forced to stay together.

For Americans, nondriving Sundays are still a novelty; for many Europeans, they already are part of the regular round of life. Over the past month or so, six European countries—Belgium, The Netherlands, West Germany, Switzerland, Italy and just this week, Denmark —have flatly forbidden all Sunday driving, except for…

Slipping Around the Embargo


The embargo is being circumvented by the major multinational oil companies, with at least the knowledge if not the active cooperation of European governments.

Clearly, something mysterious was afoot. While Ahmed Zaki Yamani, Saudi Arabia’s oil minister, wandered about Europe promising a continued flow of oil to the Arabs’ “friends” and privation to enemies, almost the opposite seemed to be happening. In Britain, Germany, Italy and other nations classified by the Arabs as friendly…

Indonesian, Venezuelan and Nigerian oil that is destined for Canada and other nonembargoed countries are diverted to Dutch refineries.

Heavy with cargo, low-riding oil tankers bucked through the windblown South Atlantic last week on their way from the Persian Gulf to Philadelphia, Baltimore, Norfolk, New York and other U.S. ports. In a week or so, they will tie up at their destinations—and the U.S. will enter a…

The Souring of the Dutch


The Netherlands is the only European nation under a total Arab oil embargo. Den Uyl was coming under increasing public pressure for the bravely outspoken ways of his government.


When Dutch Prime Minister Joop den Uyl arrived at Amsterdam’s Olympic Stadium last week to attend the Holland-Belgium soccer match, a chorus of boos and catcalls rose from the capacity crowd of 65,000. A week earlier he probably would have been cheered.

The difference a week made lay…

Oil production will be lowered again this month. In The Netherlands, Prime Minister Joop den Uyl pedaled to work on a bike, and a strict ban was imposed on Sunday driving.

Rushing to work last week, John Doe, American, swung his car onto the freeway—only to discover that the posted speed limit had been reduced from 60 m.p.h. to 50 m.p.h. When he stopped at a gas station for a refill, he learned that overnight the price had gone up…

The Pinch at the Pump Begins


Because of Dutch support of Israel, tanker traffic into Rotterdam, the world’s largest oil port, will be slashed 70% by the end of this month. The ban will be felt in the entire Common Market.

Like a great natural disaster, the oil drought caused by the Arabs’ cutback on production spread ominously through the industrial nations last week. Despite glaring signals of severe shortages ahead, leading consumer countries from Germany to Japan were in disarray. They often worked at cross purposes as each scrambled to…

Still Tightening the Blockade


Five middle-eastern countries extended the oil export embargo to The Netherlands for allegedly offering alternative transit facilities for Soviet Jews emigrating to Israel.

Throughout the cease-fire diplomacy of last week, the Arabs kept tightening their oil blockade of the West. Production cutbacks deepened; export embargoes spread. By week’s end it was clear that after the shooting stops in the Middle East, the U.S., Europe and Japan will still be facing a war of…

Demilitarizing the Army


The reform-minded Dutch government canceled all military parades planned for the Queen Juliana’s 25-year reign celebrations. It would “not fit the mentality” of the Dutch.

Much as the Dutch like the clatter of wooden shoes on cobblestone streets, they have always detested the clicking of military heels. It reminds them of the years of Wehrmacht occupation. They would prefer the army to walk softly, the way resistance fighters did during World War II.

Thus the…

A Mystic at the IMF


Hendrikus Witteveen, 52, was appointed managing director of the IMF. He is also vice president of the Sufi movement, a Muslim sect that is dedicated to mysticism and to meditation.

Economists are often accused of indulging in mysticism; in the case of Hendrikus J. Witteveen (pronounced Wit-uh-vain) it is a simple statement of fact. A brilliant academic who twice was Finance Minister of The Netherlands, Witteveen is also a vice president of the Sufi movement, a Muslim sect that is…

Alerted by a secret coded signal from the 747’s pilot, Air Traffic Controller Jan de Haas was sure that a skyjacking was in progress in the skies over the Netherlands.

Air Traffic Controller Jan de Haas stared grimly at his radar screen in the tower at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport: something was terribly wrong with Japan Air Lines Flight 404, which had just taken off for Anchorage en route to Tokyo. Alerted by a secret coded signal from the 747’s pilot,…

The Toes That Bind


This week the aggressive voetballers of Amsterdam’s Ajax club against the graceful giocatori di calcio of Turin’s Juventus team in the European Cup final.

Advice to visitors planning to be in Europe this Wednesday night: Don’t try to get an audience with Pope Paul VI or Queen Juliana of The Netherlands.

Forget about possible talks with President Tito of Yugoslavia, Premier Andreotti of Italy or Chancellor Brandt of West Germany. Put off plans for…

Young Dutch Jesuits who were popular student pastors in Amsterdam created a stir when they married but insisted on continuing their ministry.

If ever any Congregation of Men could merit eternal Perdition on Earth and in Hell, it is the company of Loyola.

− John Adams, writing to Thomas Jefferson, in 1816

The expense is reckoned, the enterprise is begun; it is of God, it cannot be withstood.

− Edmund Campion, S.J.,…

40 chief executives of leading European and American business and banking firms assembled in the Brussels for a colloquy on their common concerns, among them: Philips and Shell.

THE best way to solve problems is to foresee them before they become problems.” Those words from Dr. Joachim Zahn, chairman of the executive board of West Germany’s Daimler-Benz, expressed as well as any the sense of an unusual meeting in Brussels this month. Nearly 40 chief executives of leading…

Implications of Mercy


Mrs. Postma, a doctor, gave her mother an injection with morphine, whose mental suffering became unbearable. She was given one-week suspended sentence and a year’s probation.

“My mother was very ill,” explained Mrs. Geertruida Postma. “A breast had been removed, she had had a cerebral hemorrhage, she was partly paralyzed, could hardly speak, had pneumonia and was deaf. Again and again she had told me and my husband, ‘I want to leave this life. Please help…

Bittersweet Caroline


Next to pirate radio ships Veronica and Northsea, new Radio Caroline aimed at Netherlands’ listeners. But the Dutch captain and crew weren’t paid by the owner and quitted.

Who said radio drama was dead?

Consider the latest chapter in the saga of the pirate radio ships operating in the North Sea. Anchored just outside territorial waters off The Netherlands, these vessels beam a mixture of pop music, disk-jockey egos and insistent commercials into homes otherwise served only…

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