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In essence, through this debate Zwarte Piet has become a symbol of a changing society. For years, many predominantly white Dutch have feared that the influx of immigrants and the p...(full article)

In essence, through this debate Zwarte Piet has become a symbol of a changing society. For years, many predominantly white Dutch have feared that the influx of immigrants and the p...(full article)

Nothing marks the spot on an unremarkable street in east Amsterdam where on Nov. 2, 2004, Mohammed Bouyeri, a 26-year-old Moroccan Dutchman — saying he was acting to defend t...(full article)

America and Britain are still fumbling for policies to deal with nationals joining the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. In Holland, meanwhile, authorities faced a more cheering tas...(full article)

Norway's prisons are overcrowded, but the Scandinavian country has found a simple solution: sending some of its prisoners abroad. As the Telegraph reports, up to 300...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Amsterdam's 'Black Pete' Problem - Abby Ohlheiser, Washington Post

For many Dutch citizens, Black Pete (Zwarte Piet) is a beloved Christmas figure. There's just a small problem: The character, one of Santa's "helpers," is traditionally r...

How to Cross 5 International Borders in 1 Minute - Rob Krulwich, NPR

So many nations are breaking up. Ukraine is in pieces. Moldova is teetering. Libya has no government to speak of. Sudan broke in two last year; now both sides are fighting. Yugosla...

Flight 17 Marks Nadir of the West - Roger Cohen, New York Times

This mass murder is an outrage that should not stand. Falling military budgets have reduced the Dutch special forces to a paltry remnant. Russia would veto any United Nations Secur...

It's Time for the Dutch to Man Up - Bas Heijne, Politico Magazine

As the tragedy of flight MH17 sinks in and the search for the guilty seems to lead indirectly or even directly to Putin’s Russia, it remains to be seen how much this will change ...

Hipster Renaissance in Amsterdam's Red Light District - Laura Palet, Ozy

Hipsters might diversify tourism in the district and encourage locals to frequent the infamous yet beautiful heart of Amsterdam. But as more windows turn off their red lights, the ...

How David Cameron Could Reshape Europe - Fraser Nelson, Spectator

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...

Dutch Mayors Want to Grow Weed - C. McDonald-Gibson, Independent

Dutch mayors want to cultivate cannabis. Here's why....

A Dutch Cure for the Dutch Disease - Michael Boskin, Project Syndicate

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...

Alcoholics Work for Beer in Amsterdam - Toby Sterling, Associated Press

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...

U.S. Should Copy Amsterdam's Beer-for-Work Scheme - N. De Visser, TDB

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...

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...

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