Sunday 22 September 2019

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
















TIME:The New Dutch Government: An End to Tolerance?

TIME:The New Dutch Government: An End to Tolerance?

After four months of coalition negotiations, the Dutch government was sworn in on Thursday. As Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands led the new cabinet onto the balcony of the Huis ten Bosch Palace in The Hague for a formal group photo, there was a conspicuous absence from the ceremony: Geert Wilders, the flamboyantly strident anti-Islamic politician who holds the balance of power in the country. More >


The Guardian: I migrated to Holland with hope

The Guardian: I migrated to Holland with hope

When I arrived with my mother in Rotterdam in the late 1970s, we thought we had found a safe haven. Coming from the sharp-edged mountains of north Morocco, the streets of the Low Countries felt like a place where everything could be done better. It did not seem possible that, 30 years later, the likes of Geert Wilders would wield influence, pushing his ban on the burqa, but then there were no burqas to be seen in the street. More >