Saturday 27 November 2021

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



Back to square one: how D66 squandered its electoral advantage

Back to square one: how D66 squandered its electoral advantage

It’s remarkable to think that just three weeks ago a cartoonist saw fit to depict Sigrid Kaag as a witch in heels flying a broomstick into the Twin Towers, clad in the grinning face of Mark Rutte. Already that sketch seems like a throwback to a different era – not just because of its crude sexist imagery, but because it was so quickly overtaken by events. If we really needed an inappropriate metaphor from the world of terrorism, a better... More >




Netherlands proposes radical plans to cut livestock numbers by almost a third

Netherlands proposes radical plans to cut livestock numbers by almost a third

Dutch politicians are considering plans to force hundreds of farmers to sell up and cut livestock numbers, to reduce damaging ammonia pollution. After the highest Dutch administrative court found in 2019 that the government was breaking EU law by not doing enough to reduce excess nitrogen in vulnerable natural areas, the country has been battling what it is calling a “nitrogen crisis”. More >







Anti-racist parties and progressive politics in the Netherlands

Anti-racist parties and progressive politics in the Netherlands

The growth of Dutch parties with platforms built around minority rights, diversity, and anti-racism is linked to the failure of traditional parties to be truly inclusive. To attract more voters with a migration background, parties like GroenLinks not only have to be more responsive to the experiences and wishes of their voters, they also must change their political cultures. More >





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 >