Where are the official apologies for the sufferings the Dutch and Belgians caused in their former colonies?
Right-wing extremism and Muslim extremism penetrate deeper into society, even into institutions. Meanwhile a much larger problem is overshadowed: inequality.
Editor-in-chief Luc Devoldere reread Natalia Ginzburg’s classic ‘The Little Virtues’ and muses on the life lessons that the Italian writer taught us.
Which image or object would you choose to capture the Low Countries?
Charity has a long tradition in the Netherlands and the actions for Ukraine show many parallels to past events.
In his call to remain alert to a new anti-Semitism, Dutch writer Arnon Grunberg referred to the Holocaust during National Remembrance Day. According to Hind Fraihi, he shouldn't have done that.
Hind Fraihi argues that the new 'blacktivism' should not become an identity movement.
A broad knowledge of languages is important and translations are an essential part of Dutch literature, writes Lotte Jensen in her column.
The impending famine caused by the war in Ukraine recalls previous famines: in Ireland, in Ukraine itself, but also in the Low Countries.
Don’t start shouting that ‘we’re back in the 1930s again’, writes Fraihi. That sort of warning is counterproductive and even risks gaining the status of forbidden fruit.
Editor-in-chief Luc Devoldere takes the start of the Multatuli year as an opportunity to explore the author’s legacy.
Hind Fraihi believes that we have to face the reality of Islamist street terrorism and eradicate it using both hard and soft approaches.
Flemish and Dutch right-wing extremists mostly convene in online environments. However, it is clear the Flemish-Dutch front formation intends to develop into much more than an army of keyboard warriors.
In her essay ‘Connection in Confusion’, Hind Fraihi gives Vooruit Arts Centre in Ghent some suggestions on how it should deal with a world that is becoming increasingly diverse and colourful.
Hind Fraihi suggests a digital detox. ‘Why not try a Digital Free Month to drastically free ourselves from social media?’
Reflecting on Leonardo da Vinci’s death, 500 years ago, Luc Devoldere makes a few comments on the notion of the uomo universale.
Where once there was a checkpoint in France, the slogan 'Let us be ungovernable' can be read along the border. Luc Devoldere wonders what the graffiti artists mean by this.
Just going by today’s headlines, the end of Western democracy seems imminent. However, is a crisis not the essence of a democracy?
From Nazi Germany to the current refugee crisis: Hind Fraihi argues antisemites have always found ways to blame the Jews.
Works of art along the motorway: the cross of Fabre, chaos and a cyclops.
Cultural historian Lotte Jensen recounts how she has seen the consequences of climate change with her own eyes.
Hind Fraihi warns us of the growing influence of ‘a second generation of Salafist organizers’.
Thierry Baudet and Dries Van Langenhove receive far more attention from the media than is justified by their importance.
The Flemish government has proposed severe cuts in arts funding over the next few years. In 2011, the cultural sector in the Netherlands was forced to make do with a budget cut of about 200 million euro. What can the Flemish artists learn f...
What are those Low Countries actually that we are always talking about? Editor-in-chief Luc Devoldere explains.
Milo Rau and his theater company NTGent adapted the Greek tragedy The Oresteia. Editor-in-chief Luc Devoldere left the performance with mixed feelings.
This year, the Month of Philosophy in Belgium and the Netherlands is dedicated to the concept of truth.
According to editor-in-chief Luc Devoldere, literature does not provide knowledge, let alone truth. Still, literature can make people better.
According to Hind Fraihi rabid Black Lives Matters supporters view colour blindness as a form of micro-aggression designed to erase ethnic identity and experience.
The far right uses social media as a sort of pulpit from which to lash out without restraint against the left and society’s alleged excesses.
Hind Fraihi argues that the Decolonise Movement should face its own excesses and focus on real problems, like institutional racism.
Editor-in-chief Luc Devoldere honours the artist who loved to play around with belgitude.
Nowhere is the Gender Pay Gap as strongly present as in professional football and cycling. Hind Fraihi states its about time the gap gets closed.