democracy

Elections in the Netherlands: A Quick Guide

Next month the Dutch vote a new parliament into office. In the fragmented politics of the Netherlands this marks the start of a period of heated coalition talks to form a government. Typically it takes an average of three parties to form a majority. With the election of Donald Trump and Brexit fresh in mind, the Dutch fear a similar paradigm shift with far right populist Geert Wilders soaring in…


Brexit, Referendums and Democracy in the EU

This year we have seen two referendums in Europe concerning the future of the European Union. The first one had relatively little impact. The Dutch were allowed to have their say in the trade deal between the EU and Ukraine. The second one is, of course, Brexit. Although the latter is a hundred times more significant, both showed the wide gap between a large part of the populus and the…