Friday 23 April 2021

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


Dear government, please make use of historical knowledge to defeat the pandemic

Dear government, please make use of historical knowledge to defeat the pandemic

Those trying to solve the current coronavirus pandemic cannot do so with a purely biomedical and technical strategy. Four Dutch historians make the case for a multidisciplinary approach, taking into account the social, cultural, economic and psychological dimensions of society. History serves as a toolbox in this aim, as we derive lessons and insights from the past which we can still use today to defeat the pandemic. More >





The Dutch Joe Biden

The Dutch Joe Biden

As 2010 drew to a close, the international news remained focused on the fallout from the year’s big events: the start of the Arab Spring, the Haitian earthquake, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Movie-goers were excited by recent smash hits the The King’s Speech and The Social Network, and music charts were dominated by young whippersnappers like Usher, Nelly and Eminem. More >








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party, and less than half a year before the next Dutch parliamentary election, Baudet has resigned as party leader, and withdrawn from the top spot on the electoral list, and we can all refocus our attention on the real leader of the Dutch far right, Geert Wilders.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 >