Category Archives: Social democracy

Netherlands: How rainbow-coloured became the new black

A heated debate around a centuries-old children’s festival throws a light on the complexities of integration and how the left should respond Immigration has been high on the agenda of many European governments for some time with debate usually focused on the number of people entering the country and society’s ability to cope. However, in […]
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Gambling in the Hague

(A shortened version of this post appears in this month’s State of the Left Review) Two months ago, the members of the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA) overwhelmingly voted for Diederik Samsom to be their new leader. Today he is fighting his first general election campaign. Rarely has an opposition leader’s call for “elections, now!” been […]
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Can Diederik Samsom save Dutch Labour?

(This article, which was published in the March edition of Policy Network’s State of the Left review, is an adapation of an earlier blog post published here.) Last Saturday over 1,000 members of the Dutch Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid, or PvdA) gathered in Rotterdam for a special party conference with just one item […]
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Where next for Dutch Labour?

“Yes we Cohen!” That was how the Dutch Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid, or PvdA) greeted the election of the universally popular mayor of Amsterdam, Job Cohen, as its new leader in the spring of 2010.  On Monday 20 February, after less than two years in the post, with the party more than halved […]
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To win again, Europe’s centre-left must break with the past

This week over 200 political leaders and thinkers from across the world will gather in Oslo for the Progressive Governance Conference, the annual jamboree of the global centre-left launched by Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and Gerhard Schröder in 1999. Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero and British Labour leader Ed Miliband are among those expected […]
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