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Why Catalans Are So Determined to Hold a Referendum

Diplomatic Courier

Sep 9, 2017

Bad blood between the Catalans and Spaniards goes back centuries, but one only has to go back to 2010 to understand the current crisis.

French Presidential Election Reveals a Divided Nation

Atlantic Sentinel

Apr 24, 2017

The same urban-rural and educational splits we saw with Brexit and the election of Donald Trump appear in France.

PvdA moet nu echt een keus maken

Trouw

April 21, 2017

Een linkse partij of een arbeiderspartij: de PvdA kan het niet allebei zijn.

De strijd is cultureel, dat maakt de VVD tot de nieuwe middenpartij

NRC

March 8, 2017

De politieke tegenstellingen hebben nog maar weinig met economische belangen te maken. Er is sprake van een culturele strijd.

Netherlands’​ Wilders Not Riding Trump’s Coattails

EUObserver

Feb 17, 2017

Wilders’ prediction that the Trump political spirit would jump the Atlantic will soon be put to the test.

Europe’s New Political Divide

Wikistrat

Jul 2016

Europe’s traditional political order is breaking down. The public is no longer split between the traditional left and right; the divide is now liberals and internationalists against conservatives and nationalists. The challenge for Europe is finding a new center, including a social compact for the twenty-first century that generates a sense of shared prosperity.

Don’t Admire the Big Man

Atlantic Sentinel

Feb 12, 2015

Admiration for strongmen reveals an unhealthy desire to be led and a misjudgment of sound politics.

How Indian Shuttle Diplomacy Helped Keep Cruise Missiles Out of the Netherlands

Offiziere

Dec 2, 2014

Rajiv Gandhi secretly liaised between Dutch prime minister Ruud Lubbers and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1983.