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Columns May 2012

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Paul Schnabel: The euro is unloved and unknown

Paul Schnabel thinks Europe and the euro are not doing too well in the popularity stakes but how much do we really know about them?

René van Leeuwen: When in Europe, do as the Romans do

Pro-Europe politicians know damn well that a majority of the Dutch population oppose the treaty to create a European rescue fund, writes René van Leeuwen.

Herb Prooy: Poverty & the arts

Herb Prooy thinks this government’s arts policy could bring back the starving artist in the garret.

Eelco Keij: We, the Dutch abroad, also constitute the nation’s interests

The VVD and CDA have done a u-turn on restricting dual nationality rights for Dutch expats abroad. ‘But don’t start changing your mind on such a fundamental issue without apologising first. And stop blaming the PVV,' writes Eelco Keij.

Paul Schnabel: The Netherlands is turning red

Paul Schnabel thinks the new cabinet had better pay attention to the issue of public housing.

Herb Prooy: Bad plan

Herb Prooy thinks Hollande’s growth paragraph is a mistake for Holland.

photo Youp van 't Hek

Youp van 't Hek: Avoiding Mr Bleker

Youp van 't Hek finds it hard to get away from CDA party leadership hopeful Henk Bleker.

Youp van ‘t Hek: Rutte is having a laugh

A small earthquake hit the football world when coach Pep Guardiola announced last Friday that he is hanging up his hat after four splendid seasons at Barcelona. He’s leaving his club in a slightly better shape than Verhagen has left the CDA.

Barend van Lieshout: Which party will solve the healthcare problem?

Healthcare is bound to be a big issue in the general election campaign but are the parties thinking ahead? asks Barend van Lieshout.

WSJ: Dutch Save Reputation, but Real Test Lies Ahead

The Netherlands’ recently battered reputation as a custodian of fiscal discipline has been salvaged by a budget deal struck last week between the two governing parties and three small left-leaning opposition parties.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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