The wishful, border-breaking collaboration between the Belgian and Dutch education sectors is struggling to get off the ground due to legal obstacles and governmental oversight that isn’t always so benevolent.
From systemic teacher shortages to declining language skills, education in Flanders and the Netherlands faces similar problems. So, what can they learn from each other?
Teachers and students see that their schools are keeping up with the times. ‘Parents are seeing art education as a good choice.’
Hiking enthusiasts in Europe’s flattest country have created the Dutch Mountain Trail.
Tour of Flanders
With its 500 kilometres of coast, the Netherlands is suitable for every holiday season. Thanks to the many beach bars, you do not have to compromise on comfort.
The impressive museum, located at a former air base, is not a showcase for the Ministry of Defence but offers a balanced cultural-historical presentation.
Men from Leuven with the same year of birth unite at 40 to prepare for their 50th anniversary.
The return of the wolf in the Low Countries is accompanied by a blaze of controversy. But one group is an unconditional fan: the far right.
The DNA of the Netherlands
Despite rapidly losing touch with nature, we have also come to cherish animals in recent decades. That doesn’t come without legal, political and social consequences.
The Dutch are riding their bikes everywhere, always and in any weather. Even when they have to battle against gale-force winds.
What do black chickens have to do with witchcraft? Why were pigs not allowed to walk the streets freely in the Middle Ages? And should we welcome the return of the wolf or not? You'll hear all about it in this podcast on the history of animals in the Low Countries.
By 2050, Wadden Island Texel will be one of the driest places in the Netherlands. Local farmers are now combining ancient knowledge with innovative techniques to retain freshwater and prevent soil salinisation.
‘In God we trust,’ it says on every United States dollar bill. ‘In Flemish flax we also trust,’ it might add.
The company that "bought" Manhattan was based in a handsome classical building that is still standing on the Herenmarkt in the heart of Amsterdam.
Our selection of recent university press publications in English on the Low Countries.
On a visit to the Flemish city of Halle, Derek Blyth discovers a miraculous statue, a forgotten Flemish artist and an intriguing street art trail.
The Dutch artist and cycle activist Mapije de Wit encourages her fellow cyclists to sing while cycling.
On a visit to the oldest city in Belgium, Derek Blyth discovers a Roman road sign, a lost river and a hoard of antique hunters.
On a visit to the Flemish city of Aalst, Derek Blyth discovers a Carnival parade that likes to shock, a priest that took on the factory bosses and a utopian library.
Join us in bidding goodbye to 2022 with seven of the finest stories we published this year about Dutch and Flemish society that are worth re-reading or listening to again.