Tuesday 27 October 2020

A round up of the best stories about the Netherlands and all things Dutch from leading international publications


The Dutch don’t love Europe—and never did

The Dutch don’t love Europe—and never did

Last April, while Dutch and Italian politicians were trading insults on the European Covid recovery package, the Corriere della Sera wrote that in early days of European integration, young Italian diplomats posted to Brussels were told to apply the following principle: ‘In case of doubt, f… the Dutch.’ There was even a diplomatic version in circulation in Rome’s foreign ministry, the Farnesina: ‘Let the Dutch speak and take the diametrically opposite position’.’ More >











The new Dutch far right

The new Dutch far right

When Donald Trump claimed his administration would be ‘designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization [sic]’ the day before threatening to send the military to quell nationwide protests against racist police violence earlier this summer, he found a notable voice of support in Thierry Baudet, leader of the Dutch far-right party Forum for Democracy (FvD). More >









The Laid-back Lockdown

The Laid-back Lockdown

King’s Day in the Netherlands is always more or less the same. Almost the whole country takes the day off, and the streets are flooded with people dressed in orange, drinking beer and generally acting as if they’ve been given get-out-of-jail-free cards. More >