Sunday 17 January 2021

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


What is happening to the Dutch far right? From Wilders to Baudet…

What is happening to the Dutch far right? From Wilders to Baudet…

This week the Dutch Forum for Democracy (FvD) experienced yet another scandal, but this time the infighting did not favor Thierry Baudet. And so, four years after founding the party, and less than half a year before the next Dutch parliamentary election, Baudet has resigned as party leader, and withdrawn from the top spot on the electoral list, and we can all refocus our attention on the real leader of the Dutch far right, Geert Wilders. More >





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 >