Our Top Weekend Reads
Washington under siege, peace building lessons from Nigeria, and a potential crisis for China’s aviation industry.
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.
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.
The Dutch Are Uncomfortable With Being History’s Villains, Not Victims
A refusal to confront colonial atrocities persists in the Netherlands.
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.
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.
Fighting Pandemic, Europe Divides Again Along North and South Lines
Southern countries push for a eurobond while the wealthy North says “nein.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Netherlands’ Luck Is Running Out
The terrorist attack in Utrecht may be a sign of what’s to come.
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.
For Venezuelan Refugees, There’s No Safe Haven in Curacao
The former Dutch colony in the Carribean is a member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. But when it comes to refugees, there’s little help from The Hague.
‘We Can’t Save Syrians Anymore, But We Can Save the Truth’
An ambitious oral history project will determine how the war in Syria is remembered.