Category Archives: the Netherlands

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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Double Dutch: how the Rutte government nearly lost the europlot

From the start of the current economic crisis the Dutch government has insisted on strict budgetary discipline in troubled eurozone countries – in particular for Greece. That shouldn’t come as a surprise. After all, the Netherlands is one of the biggest net contributors to the various eurozone rescue packages. This week the fiscally responsible Dutch […]
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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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Dutch government wants to negotiate on EP seat

Dutch European Affairs Minister Ben Knapen today (16 March) said the Dutch government backs a single seat for the European Parliament, and that he will raise the issue in the context of the revision of the Financial Perspectives. In written answers to questions put to him by Han ten Broeke, Member of Parliament for Prime […]
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The Netherlands faces a fundamentalist problem

The Netherlands held regional elections this week (on Wednesday 2 March). Why is this even remotely relevant to the rest of Europe? Because on 23 May the newly elected members of the 12 provincial assemblies in turn elect the members of the Senate, known in Dutch as the Eerste Kamer (‘first chamber’). The government needs […]
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