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The Virus Sidelines Europe’s Right Wing
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The Virus Sidelines Europe’s Right Wing

COVID-19 has rendered Europe’s right-wing parties all but obsolete, at least in the near-term. Nationalist parties like Alternative für Deutschland (AfD, “Alternative for Germany”) and the Dutch Partij voor de Vrijheid (PVV, “Party for Freedom”) had built their electoral clout

Dutch Euthanasia Case Serves as Harbinger
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Dutch Euthanasia Case Serves as Harbinger

In 2002 the Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalize euthanasia, formalizing what had been tolerated by the government for several decades prior. Today, however, the Dutch practice of euthanasia is arguably less settled legally than ever

Migrant Dreams and Nightmares
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Migrant Dreams and Nightmares

On Thursday January 17, news broke in the Netherlands that a Dutch journalist had been expelled from Turkey.  Ans Boersma, 31, had been detained the day before in Istanbul when she applied to renew her residence visa.  In a last-ditch

Fighting for Their Homeland
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Fighting for Their Homeland

South Africa has rarely been out of the headlines in 2018.  In late February, the South African government voted to amend the constitution to allow for the expropriation of land from white farmers without compensation.  The vote put an international

Success in “Defeat”
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Success in “Defeat”

What do you do when people favor your ideas but your party is shut out of government?  That’s the dilemma faced by the far right in the Netherlands.  The Party for Freedom (PVV), led by Geert Wilders, settled for second

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The Exceptional Rise of Boris Johnson

“I think Boris honestly sees it as churlish of us not to regard him as an exception—one who should be free of the network of obligation that binds everyone else.”  These words were written by a housemaster at Eton College

The End of the United Kingdom?
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The End of the United Kingdom?

Of course Scotland won’t leave the United Kingdom.  That was the conventional wisdom when the referendum on Scottish independence was announced two years ago.  But today no one is quite certain what the outcome will be.  The referendum is scheduled

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No Free Lunch

This summer, as U.K. schoolchildren go on vacation, their school buildings will become hives of activity.  Construction workers will descend in droves to overhaul kitchens and dining halls.  These need to be refitted for a major new purpose.  Starting in

Hating Your Own
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Hating Your Own

Last May, an unnamed friend of U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron was quoted referring to the Conservative Party’s base as “mad, swivel-eyed loons.”  This extraordinary outburst illustrates the extent of the rift between Cameron and a large section of his

Golden Skirts and Women Quotas
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Golden Skirts and Women Quotas

Viviane Reding is a woman on a mission.  She believes Europe’s major companies are run by an old boys’ network that excludes female colleagues from top jobs.  And since Reding is the E.U. commissioner for justice, fundamental rights, and citizenship,

Turkish Muslims Versus Dutch Foster Care
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Turkish Muslims Versus Dutch Foster Care

A nine-year-old boy has caused the simmering tension between Western Europeans and Muslim immigrants to boil over once again.  This latest incident has occurred in the Netherlands, which over the past decade has become the poster child for failed Muslim