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Political intolerance is again becoming normal in Europe

8 September 2017 15:23

Four years ago, I pointed out here that today’s anti-fascists appeared to be getting rather fascistic. The occasion for that observation…

Europe’s elite rightly feel extinction breathing down their necks

19 March 2017 9:00

Allahu Akbar! Greetings from Samsun, where Turkish protestors — their eyeballs spinning in orgasmic Islamic rage — tried to set…

Geert Wilders didn’t win – but he has reshaped Dutch politics

16 March 2017 10:45

Rotterdam If the 2017 Dutch election was seen as a bellwether for populism in Europe, the verdict is still out.…

How Erdogan used the Dutch as political pawns

15 March 2017 10:12

Rotterdam What started as a minor disagreement between Turkey and the Netherlands has now expanded into an unprecedented diplomatic spat. Turkish attempts…

The Spectator podcast: Holland’s hurricane

26 January 2017 10:55

On this week’s episode, we discuss the hurricane that’s headed for Holland, the state of parliamentary sovereignty here at home, and whether…

Will Dutch politicians choose to serve Brussels or their citizens?

23 April 2016 9:03

The Netherlands was one of the six original founders of the European Union. We, the Dutch, have always been internationally…

Nice try President Erdogan, but you can’t prosecute all Europeans who insult you

23 April 2016 8:00

Well the entries have been flooding in for the ‘Insult Erdogan Poetry Contest’. Thousands and thousands of them in fact,…

Ignorance is bliss. But when it comes to your health, is it also a right?

28 August 2015 17:42

Tell kids the Tooth Fairy is fake, and their lips are sure to tremble. Reveal the list of their birthday…

Convince a generation that Ukip resemble the Nazis and you can make them do anything

26 March 2015 11:22

There was something genuinely frightening about the disturbance aimed at Nigel Farage and his family this weekend; what’s scary is…

An art award that actually rewards talent

1 December 2014 14:11

Before I was asked to go out and cover it, I’d never heard of the Vincent Award for contemporary art.…

World Cup diary — in defence of ‘pervy’ camera crews

14 July 2014 11:55

The best team won, and the best two teams reached the final. This is a comparatively rare event at a…

Britain is not alone in its mad attitude to Islamism

21 June 2014 12:24

There is a tendency in Britain to think we are alone in our national madness. So I thought I would cheer…

World Cup diary – Spain humiliated

14 June 2014 8:53

You see – that’s the trouble. You write off the World Cup for moral reasons because of FIFA sleaze (and…

‘Typical Dutch’

29 January 2013 12:19

There has been much hilarity in the wake of the abdication of Queen Beatrix. The obvious comparisons between Willem-Alexander of…

EU budget talks end

23 November 2012 15:59

The EU Budget discussions have ended with no agreement, as seemed inevitable after yesterday’s struggles and rows. David Cameron has been…

Can the Dutch Government Really Be Abandoning Smokers to Their Fate?

13 December 2011 16:30

Let us hope they are. A wailing letter to the editors of the Lancet, signed by Stanton Glantz and other…

The government’s airport conundrum

21 November 2011 11:45

There is a growing acceptance in government that the South East needs more airport capacity. But, as today’s Times outlines,…

The worst form of censorship

8 November 2011 15:14

A week ago, the offices of the French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo were burned down. This attack came after it…

Further tension in the Eurozone

23 August 2011 11:00

The Eurozone’s political crisis is deepening. Further to the news that individual member states were seeking their own bilateral deals…

In for a penny, in for a trillion

2 July 2011 13:28

The news that the EU seeks a budget of £1 trillion between 2013 and 2020 inspired disbelief rather than ire.…