No house is more Dutch than the terraced house. Yet this type of house has only recently come to be valued as it should. Time to redress the balance.
Where are the official apologies for the sufferings the Dutch and Belgians caused in their former colonies?
The European elections in the Low Countries did not provide clear-cut results. The voters were dispersed across multiple different parties.
Mobility policy in France, Belgium and the Netherlands is making way for the bicycle, with Groningen as a founding example.
Cross-border solidarity in Belgium and the Netherlands is more popular than the political debate suggests.
What's at stake on Sunday? Political scientist Herwig Reynaert is looking ahead.
Travel diaries written by Dutch men and women born more than two centuries ago suggest that stress is not a recent phenomenon.
Derek Blyth takes you on micro adventures to L-Spots, hidden and exciting places in the Low Countries. This week he hits the road in a very Dutch phenomenon, the caravan.
A selection of recent university press publications about the Low Countries in English.
Reflecting on Leonardo da Vinci’s death, 500 years ago, Luc Devoldere makes a few comments on the notion of the uomo universale.
Thierry Baudet and Dries Van Langenhove receive far more attention from the media than is justified by their importance.
The internationally renowned essayist has been awarded the Golden Quill for his contribution to the international political debate and his outstanding service to the Dutch language.
Derek Blyth takes you on micro adventures to L-Spots, hidden and exciting places in the Low Countries. This week he ends up in a deserted village that refuses to die.
Thierry Baudet’s conservative ideas fly in the face of the enlightenment values that have long been dominant. This opposition is a defining moment for our modern culture.
Ostend is different. Other resorts along Belgium’s North Sea coastline are small, touristy places. But Ostend is a real city.
From Nazi Germany to the current refugee crisis: Hind Fraihi argues antisemites have always found ways to blame the Jews.
Flanders has been synonymous with bicycle racing for many years, but is cycling truly ‘ours’, as one popular Flemish newspaper keeps claiming?
Right-wing extremism and Muslim extremism penetrate deeper into society, even into institutions. Meanwhile a much larger problem is overshadowed: inequality.
Broadcasters and major news brands focus more and more on podcasting. What about its popularity in Flanders and the Netherlands?
Playfulness is a recurring theme in the Dutch culture: there seems to be a particular gamesome gene present, starting with Erasmus.
Derek Blyth takes you on micro adventures to L-Spots, hidden and exciting places in the Low Countries. This week he ends up in the Sahara of the North.
Young people make up a large proportion of society, and yet they very rarely feature in the media. That's why youth news agency StampMedia was founded.
Ons Erfdeel vzw launches a platform with the ambition to inform you about artistic, cultural and societal topics in the Low Countries.
In Geel, a town of about 35,000 souls in the south-east of Antwerp province, Sint-Dimpna reigns supreme. There is a Sint-Dimpna Hospital, a Sint-Dimpna College and a Sint-Dimpna Church, all located right next to Sint-Dimpnaplein. The local Gasthuis Museum has an entire room dedicated to this Saint. Known as Saint Dymphna in English, the patron saint of the mentally ill has so inspired the residents of Geel that they have built a tradition of caring for these vulnerable members of society on her story. Though many places in Europe can claim innovative facilities for the care and treatment of psychiatric patients, Geel is unique in the world – because it's been doing it since the Middle Ages.
When the new Dutch cabinet took office in 2006, tackling the problem of deprived areas was high on its agenda. This was in response to the electorate's evident demand for positive solutions to crime and the general sense of insecurity. During the hundred days that the government spent travelling around the country to take the pulse of the Dutch public, it was decided that forty districts would be eligible for a special offensive. The areas selected, which were chosen on the basis of figures relating to income, population transience and unemployment, were designated ‘krachtwijken' (places of power ) or ‘prachtwijken' (places of beauty). Ironically enough, the names do not refer to the actual situation in these areas but to the hoped-for future. At present these areas are burdened with socio-economic deprivation, with unemployment, low educational levels, school dropout rates, vandalism, a sense of insecurity and crime all rubbing shoulders.
Journalist Suzanna Jansen's Pauper Paradise (Het pauperparadijs) is a clever and moving description of the attempts to re-educate and integrate ‘the dregs of humanity' in the Netherlands in the period from 1823 to 1973. Her family history leads us through the utopian projects that were intended to combat pauperism in the nineteenth century.