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Koninkrijk der Nederlanden

Dutch Mayors Want to Grow Weed

C. McDonald-Gibson, Independent

A Dutch Cure for the Dutch Disease

Michael Boskin, Project Syndicate

Alcoholics Work for Beer in Amsterdam

Toby Sterling, Associated Press

If David Cameron were to divide Europe up, he’d make some crude distinctions. There would be the basket cases, like Italy, Spain, Greece, France — examples, by and larg...(full article)

Dutch mayors want to cultivate cannabis. Here's why....(full article)

When a European country reverses course to reduce welfare dependency and restore work incentives, it is worth noting – especially when that country is the Netherlands, which buil...(full article)

The men streaming in and out of a small clubhouse in east Amsterdam could almost be construction workers at the end of a hard day, taking off their orange reflective vests and crac...(full article)

In Amsterdam, alcoholic street people are doing public service work and getting paid each day, in part, with cans of beer. They’re cleaning playgrounds, picking up trash, and...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Germany's Coming Downgrade - Eijffinge & Mujagic, Project Syndicate

Germany’s public debt is higher than the Netherlands’, especially considering that the Dutch have a natural-gas supply worth well over 20% of GDP and pension-fund savin...

Why the Dutch Love 'Black Pete' - Arnon Grunberg, New York Times

Until recently, Black Pete was uncontroversial. Not because the Dutch are particularly racist, but because Sinterklaas, like the royal family, is sacred in the Netherlands, perhaps...

The Resurgence of European Patriotism - Geert Wilders, Wall Street Journal

Here is a tip if you want to ruin the day of the bureaucrats and politicians in Brussels. Just mention next year's European elections and they will become extremely nervous and agi...

Europe's Anti-Europeans - Dominique Moisi, Project Syndicate

In 2005, two founding members of the European Union, France and the Netherlands, rejected by popular referendum the EU’s proposed constitutional treaty. Two far-right parties...

The Dutch Rethink the Welfare State - Nima Sanandaji, New Geography

Although the Netherlands does not lie in Scandinavia, there are significant similarities between this advanced European nation and the Nordic countries. The similarities go beyond ...

The Dutch Don't Care About Marriage - Katie Roiphe, Slate

The Dutch attitude, which I like, is that marriage is not for everyone; it is a personal choice, an option, a pleasant possibility, but not marrying is not a failure, a great blot ...

Amid Suez Uncertainty, Arctic Lane in Favor - Chris Jasper, Bloomberg

Polar shipping lanes that are opening up with the retreat of ice in the Arctic Ocean are attracting more traffic as instability in the Middle East raises concerns about the securit...

Top 10 Countries with Greatest Scientific Impact - RealClearScience

Conventional wisdom holds that America is in decline, particularly in the arena of science and technology, and that countries like China are taking the lead. But as is often the ca...

What Elizabeth Can Learn from Beatrix - Simon Jenkins, The Guardian

Britain's monarch enjoys huge popular support -- but therein lies the royals' vulnerability. They should look to the Netherlands....

Can Europe Afford Mooching Monarchs? - Eric Ellis, The Global Mail

Europe still maintains a dozen monarchies. As a new king settles into the Dutch throne, can the cash-strapped continent afford to support these expensive spongers any longer?...

Europe's Monarchies Prove Their Staying Power - Catherine Mayer, Time

The last time the Dutch installed a new monarch, exactly 33 years ago, it was a riot — literally. Protesters overran the streets not to greet their new Queen Beatrix, but to de...

Euro Recession Threatens to Spread North - Jack Ewing, New York Times

No company symbolizes German industrial might like Daimler, the giant maker of Mercedes-Benz autos and trucks. So when the company said this week that it, too, had finally been cau...

Dying Days of Free Speech in the West - Lawrence Haas, The Commentator

Another attack on free speech. Another cowed governmental response. Another speaker in hiding. Another incident for the media to ignore.   Ah, just another day in the West.   Th...

Why Great Britain Needs Its Queen - Robert Hardman, Daily Mail

Queen Elizabeth will not follow Queen Beatrix and abdicate in favour of her son Prince Charles, but stick to the oath she swore on the day of her coronation in June 1953, to govern...

Europe Haunted by Myth of the 'Lazy Mob' - Ha-Joon Chang, The Guardian

It suits the wealthy to turn the debate about poverty into a morality tale, but the reality is that inequality is structural....

Icelanders Don't Have to Pay for Bad Euro Bailouts - Wall St. Journal

Iceland is still reeling from the spectacular collapse of its banking system in the fall of 2008. Its government remains largely shut out of international capital markets, and its ...

Europe's Separatists Gain Ground in Crisis - Taylor & Bartunek, Reuters

From the Pyrennean pastures of Catalonia to the heathery highlands of Scotland, separatists are gaining ground as Europe's economic crisis deepens, but this does not necessarily me...

Europe's New Fascists - Niall Ferguson, Newsweek

Nothing was easier to predict than this: that the crisis of the euro zone would spark a nationalist backlash. Golden Dawn is not just xenophobic; it is also Europhobic. The same th...

Netherlands Gets Ready to Turn Left - Chris Aalberts, The Guardian

But, unlike in France, this Dutch political shift won't mark a turning point against austerity measures....

Dutch Vote May Presage Euro Political Crisis - The Economist

The Netherlands is a trading nation. Most Dutch remain instinctively pro-European. There is no popular call to leave Europe or the single currency. Yet many Dutch resent the idea t...

The 'Muslim Tide' That Wasn't - Doug Saunders, National Post

Deprived of any genuine facts suggesting an overwhelming Muslim baby boom, the more radical Muslim-tide proponents simply make them up. More than 13 million people have now viewed ...

Showdowns That Will Define Europe's Future - Mats Persson, Telegraph

EU leaders may soon have to choose between keeping the euro and maintaining democracy....

Europe Not About to Abandon Democracy - Dan O'Brien, Irish Times

In understanding what is happening now, it is not the 1930s but the 1990s that provides the most relevant historical parallel. In the early part of that decade post-communist democ...

We Push Germany at Our Own Peril - Gideon Rachman, Financial Times

The rise of far-right nationalists in Greece or the Netherlands is deeply regrettable. The rise of the far right in Germany would be a disaster....

A Journey Through Friesland - Joel Weickgenant, Wall Street Journal

The Netherlands always smiles upon cyclists. From the smallest farm roads and canals to some of the bigger highways, bikes here are always given priority. Many of the roads are e...

Euro Political Revolt Teaches Asia a Lesson - Paul Donovan, Jakarta Post

Elections should not be viewed as votes on a single issue. Greece has not voted to reject the Euro. France has not voted to change its relationship with the rest of the eurozone....

The Spirit of Geert Wilders - Mark Steyn, National Review

When I was asked to write a foreword to Geert Wilders’ new book, my first reaction, to be honest, was to pass. Mr. Wilders lives under 24/7 armed guard because significant ...

Dutch Populist Wilders Bets on Anti-Euro Vote - Anthony Deutsch, Reuters

Dutch populist Geert Wilders, who gained prominence denouncing Islam and railing against immigrants, is betting his political future on the anti-euro vote....

The West's First War With China - Tonio Andrade, The Diplomat

This month marks the 350th anniversary of the West’s first war with China. In February 1662, Generalissimo Zheng Chenggong swept the Dutch off of Taiwan, bringing the island und...

Will Europe's North Pay Politically for South's Mess? - Jeff Simpson, G&M

The southern European countries (and Ireland) have massive current account deficits paid for through the European Central Bank that the northern Europeans have financed. The sums...

Has Wilders Killed Dutch Multiculturalism? - Lauren Comiteau, Time

When an Amsterdam court acquitted far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders of all charges of discrimination and inciting hatred against Muslims on June 23, it seemed a fitting clim...

European Integration Is Unraveling - Peter Spiegel, Financial Times

Once a decade, a crisis divides the European Union and stalls the post-war effort to bring the continent closer together. Veterans of these battles insist that, whether it comes...

Respect Freedom, End Sham Trial - Geert Wilders, Hudson New York

Mister President, members of the Court. I recently tried to have Your Honors removed from the case for your refusal to register a statement of perjury against Mr. Hendriks. My ch...

European Free Speech Under Attack - Geert Wilders, Wall Street Journal

Defending the right to say that Islam is primarily a totalitarian ideology aiming for world domination....

Wilders Trial May Turn Tables on Islamists - Thierry Baudet, City Journal

  Last year, I attended the Dutch trial of the century: that of Geert Wilders, leader of the third-largest party in the Dutch parliament. Sparking the charges against Wilders we...

Is Europe Cutting Away Its Military Clout? - Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times

Key U.S. allies say they must slash defense spending to rein in budget deficits that are spooking investors. Some experts fret that it's not just manpower and materiel being cut, b...

Is Europe's Far-Right Surge Overhyped? - Joshua Keating, Passport

Austria's anti-immigrant Freedom Party put in a strong showing in Vienna's municipal elections yesterday, setting off a new round of media speculation about the apparent surge of...

Intolerance on the Rise in the Netherlands - Gwynne Dyer, Japan Times

If Gert Wilders were some underemployed bigot ranting in a pub, you'd just move away from him. He calls the Islamic veil a "head rag" and says it should be taxed for "polluting" th...

What Happened to the United States of Europe? - Roger Cohen, NY Times

European patriotism is a near oxymoron these days -- unless someone is gripping a 5-iron....

Netherlands in a Political Quandry - Kaj Leers, Dutch News

First a deputy minister resigns due to an extra-marital affair, then the Christian Democrats of the CDA are trounced during the elections, losing 20 of 41 seats. Then negotiation...

Rise of the Worldwide Tea Party - Henry Olsen, Weekly Standard

Republican leaders might look to their foreign counterparts for lessons in how to manage this challenge now, before the challenge manages them....

The Rise of Europe's Right-Wing Populists - Der Spiegel

All across Europe, right-wing populist parties are enjoying significant popular support. Led by charismatic politicians like Geert Wilders, they are exploiting fear of Muslim immig...

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