Fleur Launspach

Fleur Launspach

Fleur is a Doha-based reporter and producer from the Netherlands covering stories from Europe.

China

Global waste industry rocked by China import ban

Some countries are struggling to deal with a buildup of rubbish after Beijing restricts imports of plastic waste.

Global waste industry rocked by China import ban

Europe

Netherlands facing the driest summer ever

The drought across northern Europe has Dutch officials worried about something perhaps unexpected: flooding.

Netherlands facing the driest summer ever

Europe

Dutch scientists test anti-ageing molecule

But while scientists are still preparing to start human trials, people are already trying to buy the rejuvenating molecule online.

Dutch scientists test anti-ageing molecule

Europe

Dutch probe of stolen artefacts delves into colonial history

A leading museum in Amsterdam has been investigating a number of precious objects taken from former colonies.

Dutch probe of stolen artefacts delves into colonial history

Environment

Meat the future: Dutch scientist creates beef in laboratory

Lab process to potentially produce 10,000kg of meat from just one muscle cell, without harming cows.

Meat the future: Dutch scientist creates beef in laboratory

Europe

A long history of controversial Nobel Peace Prize winners

The silence of Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, over the Rohingya crisis has led critics to call for her award to be revoked. However, the Peace Prize committee is no stranger to controversy.

A long history of controversial Nobel Peace Prize winners

Europe

Dutch fishermen worried about losing access to British waters

Dutch fishermen fear they could be hit hard by Brexit.

Dutch fishermen worried about losing access to British waters

Europe

Dutch slavery: Suriname slaves registry published online

The descendants of South American slaves in the Netherlands are being given new insight into the lives of their ancestors.

Dutch slavery: Suriname slaves registry published online

Humanitarian crises

Europe or die

10 years ago a large group of West Africans tried to cross into Europe via Spain’s Canary Islands. Even though this route is now sealed off, the youngest generation of fishermen in Kayar still dreams of reaching Europe.

Europe or die

War & Conflict

UN: Tens of thousands killed in South Sudan war

As many as 50,000 have died in the two-year conflict, one official says, with violence continuing despite peace deal.

UN: Tens of thousands killed in South Sudan war

Mali

ICC hearing to decide on 'destroyer' of Timbuktu sites

Malian member of al-Qaeda-linked group Ansar al-Dine is accused of being involved in destroying historic Timbuktu sites.

ICC hearing to decide on 'destroyer' of Timbuktu sites

Africa

Report highlights plight of DRC's 'cobalt children'

Western firms turn blind eye as child miners toil in dangerous conditions for precious "battery" mineral, Amnesty says.

Report highlights plight of DRC's 'cobalt children'