witnessing the resurgence of scientific racism?
Yernaz Ramautarsing, member of a Dutch alt-right party, declared that black people have a lower IQ than white people. He was going to run as local council member in Amsterdam but withdrew his candidacy after a strong wave of criticism.
6 Mar 2018
Switzerland could lose most of its public media
The Swiss will be heading to the polls on March 4 to vote on the “No Billag” initiative, which intends on scrapping the compulsory TV and radio license fees, on which publicly-funded media rely to survive.
28 Feb 2018
Homeless Parisians get headcount
Paris conducted its first homelessness study this month, sending city hall employees into the streets to start tallying the numbers.
20 Feb 2018
New to the Netherlands? Good luck learning Dutch
The Netherlands is finally seeing the consequences of its clumsy integration procedures. Over 110 students filed complaints against language schools preparing them for Dutch integration exams.
13 Feb 2018
Tariq Ramadan taken into custody for rape allegations
Swiss academic Tariq Ramadan was taken into custody this Wednesday by French police following rape accusations. It's time for justice to prevail over the protection of powerful figures in society.
2 Feb 2018
English invasion in Dutch universities
The right-wing Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf published an article urging universities to "stop this English madness." In a country where 60% of degree courses are taught entirely in English, over-internationalization can become a real problem.
30 Jan 2018
Rotterdam police to arrest 'potential criminals' based on their clothing
When the police force in Rotterdam announced that they would be testing a new enforcement method, in which officers could seize expensive clothing if it was unclear how it was paid for, the country’s law enforcement showed its true colours.
19 Jan 2018
Animal rights clash with religious freedom in the Netherlands
The Party for the Animals is trying to ban religious slaughtering in the Netherlands, saying it's unnecessarily cruel. But the party's push could increase tensions with the country's Jewish and Muslim communities.
10 Jan 2018
Emmanuel Macron's New Year's speech puzzles the French
Like his speech, Macron’s time in office so far has felt like a one-man show. Instead of rallying the country and dispelling the impression that he is president of the elites, Marcon has fallen flat.
3 Jan 2018
In the literary industry, Brexit is a daunting prospect for both authors and publishers.
25 Dec 2017
Swiss village to pay newcomers
In order to avoid Albinen shrinking to a vanishing point, its residents got together and decided to grant each newcomer a hefty financial sum.
25 Dec 2017