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A military handout photo shows a Leopard 2a6 main battle tank firing during exercises as part of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence in Lithuania.
A military handout photo shows a Leopard 2a6 main battle tank firing during exercises as part of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence in Lithuania.

To Deter Russia, Europe Needs More Military Integration

German and Dutch troops have deployed a binational battle-ready unit to Lithuania. More EU countries should follow their example.

Listen to Heat of the Moment: The climate change crisis can feel so formidable, so daunting, that instead of mobilizing people to action, it engenders paralysis. What could we mortals possibly do to prevent the calamity? A fair bit, it turns out. On Heat of the Moment, a 12-part podcast by FP Studios, in partnership with the Climate Investment Funds, we focus on ordinary people across the globe who have found ways to fight back.
Listen to Heat of the Moment: The climate change crisis can feel so formidable, so daunting, that instead of mobilizing people to action, it engenders paralysis. What could we mortals possibly do to prevent the calamity? A fair bit, it turns out. On Heat of the Moment, a 12-part podcast by FP Studios, in partnership with the Climate Investment Funds, we focus on ordinary people across the globe who have found ways to fight back.

Youth Climate Activists Are Suing Big Oil—and Winning

Youth activists in the Netherlands joined lawsuit against Shell as part of a new strategy to hold fossil energy companies accountable for unsustainable carbon dioxide emissions.

Protesters hold smoke flares as they take part in a demonstration organized by the global environmental movement Extinction Rebellion and the Dutch climate activist group Code Rood at the Shell headquarters in The Hague on May 18.
Protesters hold smoke flares as they take part in a demonstration organized by the global environmental movement Extinction Rebellion and the Dutch climate activist group Code Rood at the Shell headquarters in The Hague on May 18.

Big Oil’s Tobacco Moment

Shell is responsible for more emissions than most countries. A new court ruling holds it accountable.

Members of the National Guard stand watch at the U.S. Capitol
Members of the National Guard stand watch at the U.S. Capitol

Our Top Weekend Reads

Washington under siege, peace building lessons from Nigeria, and a potential crisis for China’s aviation industry.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte speaks to the press before leaving the first day of the European Council in Brussels on June 29, 2018.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte speaks to the press before leaving the first day of the European Council in Brussels on June 29, 2018.

Mark Rutte’s Legacy of Failure—and Winning

The Dutch—like Americans and other Europeans—want a government that works. What they have is a system that’s stuck.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte arrives for a debate on the future of Europe during a plenary session  at the European Parliament on June 13, 2018 in Strasbourg, eastern France.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte arrives for a debate on the future of Europe during a plenary session at the European Parliament on June 13, 2018 in Strasbourg, eastern France.

The Dutch Don’t Love Europe—and Never Did

The world has been surprised by the Netherlands’ growing hardline record in Brussels. It shouldn’t be.

Police stands guard around the statue of Jan Pieterszoon Coen in Hoorn, the Netherlands, on June 19.
Police stands guard around the statue of Jan Pieterszoon Coen in Hoorn, the Netherlands, on June 19.

The Dutch Are Uncomfortable With Being History’s Villains, Not Victims

A refusal to confront colonial atrocities persists in the Netherlands.

Beds are lined up in a tent as volunteers from the international Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse set up an emergency field hospital for patients with the coronavirus in Central Park in New York on March 30.
Beds are lined up in a tent as volunteers from the international Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse set up an emergency field hospital for patients with the coronavirus in Central Park in New York on March 30.

Why the U.S. Health Care System Failed the Coronavirus Test

America needs a medical microgrid focused on treating patients where they are. Without locally focused care, doctors will continue to fail those who need them most.

A drawing by Augustus Tholey depicting leaders of the Continental Congress in 1775 (from left): John Adams, Robert Morris, Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Jefferson.
A drawing by Augustus Tholey depicting leaders of the Continental Congress in 1775 (from left): John Adams, Robert Morris, Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Jefferson.

Europe Needs an Alexander Hamilton, Not More Budget Hawks

Without mutual debt in the form of Eurobonds, the continent’s economic crisis will get worse, Euroskepticism will increase, and the EU could fall apart.

North vs. South: The Netherlands competes against Spain in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final in Johannesburg on July 11, 2010. The Netherlands, like Germany, is resisting Southern Europe’s calls for fiscal solidarity as the coronavirus causes economic chaos across the continent.
North vs. South: The Netherlands competes against Spain in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final in Johannesburg on July 11, 2010. The Netherlands, like Germany, is resisting Southern Europe’s calls for fiscal solidarity as the coronavirus causes economic chaos across the continent.

Fighting Pandemic, Europe Divides Again Along North and South Lines

Southern countries push for a eurobond while the wealthy North says “nein.”

New and old forms of wind power
New and old forms of wind power

There’s Only One Way for Democracies to Save the Planet

The Netherlands is taking the lead in solving climate change—and proving that the rest of the West is doing democracy wrong.

Ajax fans hold an Israeli flag in the stands during the Champions League semifinal first leg at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on April 30.
Ajax fans hold an Israeli flag in the stands during the Champions League semifinal first leg at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on April 30.

Don’t Blame Soccer’s ‘Jewish’ Teams for Anti-Semitism

Hateful chants were notably absent when Tottenham played Ajax—but opponents of the two self-proclaimed Jewish teams routinely pelt them with neo-Nazi slogans.

Then-Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to Turkish expatriates at an event to mark the 10th anniversary of the Union of European Turkish Democrats in Cologne, Germany, on May 24, 2014.
Then-Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to Turkish expatriates at an event to mark the 10th anniversary of the Union of European Turkish Democrats in Cologne, Germany, on May 24, 2014.

Erdogan’s Long Arm in Europe

Turkey is seeking influence and votes throughout the EU and spreading ideas that imperil efforts to integrate the Turkish diaspora.

A campaign portrait of Dutch far-right Forum for Democracy (FvD) party Thierry Baudet is pictured next to alcool bottles during a provincial elections party electoral gathering in Zeist on March 20, 2019. - Netherland's Prime Minister is set to lose his majority in parliament's upper house after FvD surged in today's provincial elections, according to an exit poll. (Photo by Bart Maat / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT        (Photo credit should read BART MAAT/AFP/Getty Images)
A campaign portrait of Dutch far-right Forum for Democracy (FvD) party Thierry Baudet is pictured next to alcool bottles during a provincial elections party electoral gathering in Zeist on March 20, 2019. - Netherland's Prime Minister is set to lose his majority in parliament's upper house after FvD surged in today's provincial elections, according to an exit poll. (Photo by Bart Maat / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT (Photo credit should read BART MAAT/AFP/Getty Images)

The New Face of the Dutch Far-Right

Thierry Baudet once called politicians brain-dead. Now his upstart white nationalist movement has eclipsed Geert Wilders and won more Senate seats than the prime minister’s party.

A passenger in a tram looks at flowers displayed near the scene of the fatal shooting in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on March 19. (John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)
A passenger in a tram looks at flowers displayed near the scene of the fatal shooting in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on March 19. (John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)

The Netherlands’ Luck Is Running Out

The terrorist attack in Utrecht may be a sign of what’s to come.

A prostitute waits for clients behind her window in the red light district of Amsterdam on Dec. 8, 2008.
A prostitute waits for clients behind her window in the red light district of Amsterdam on Dec. 8, 2008.

It’s Legal to Sell Sex in Amsterdam, But Don’t Expect the Same Rights As Other Workers.

The famously permissive Dutch city is cracking down on prostitution, relocating sex workers, and discriminating against those employed in the industry.

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