Seventy-five years after the declaration of Indonesian independence, it is high time for apologies to be made at the level of government, and for a national memory that is more inclusive.
After 1945, Belgium and the Netherlands rolled out a monumental social security system that brought prosperity and emancipation. Today, this welfare state has come under pressure.
Regardless of how long NATO remains standing, strengthening military cooperation between European countries is essential.
Finally, a documentary with the Maroons, rather than about them.
Belgium was one of Europe’s founders and main supporters, but in recent times the consensus for the European project has been somewhat worn down.
By linking the course to contemporary issues, Dutch and Flemish Studies in Michigan is now more in demand than ever.
The flamboyant South African writer has eighty candles to blow out. Portrait of a complex artist.
In the Brussels European Quarter you'll find a museum dedicated to the - at times turbulent - history of Europe.
Linguist Fieke Van der Gucht attempts to disentangle the issue.
In her debut novel 'Niemand keek omhoog’ Evelien Vos raises the question: to what extent can we control our lives?
The Dutch artist shows in the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC’s) in Le Grand-Hornu how Western culture tries to archive and dominate the world.
The Antwerp museum is the first ever to be established solely around the existing collection of one person.
In Daniël Samkalden's ambitious debut novel 'Nova', the three main characters become more involved with one another than they would like.
In her debut novel 'Lam', singer-songwriter Hannelore Bedert paints the portrait of a strong woman, one who has suffered hard knocks but still struggles through life with her head held high.
In the science fiction novel 'Concept M' author Aafke Romeijn takes the reader forward to the Netherlands of 2020, where the disease of colourlessness makes for heated, polarizing debate and protest.
In her debut novel 'Ook bomen slapen', Annemarie Peeters intertwines the lives of former opera director Corneille and young opera singer Ofelia. With success.
Herlinde Leyssens wrote a story of a strong, rebellious, adventure-seeking woman, determined not to be stopped.
In her debut novel 'Kleihuid' (Clay Skin) Herien Wensink provokes with pressing questions, seen in the light of the First World War.
Marieke Lucas Rijneveld is the youngest writer to win the International Booker Prize, which celebrates the finest fiction translated into English from around the world.
Ewoud Kieft offers a lot of food for thought in his debut novel. Even the perfect world of the future is not to everyone’s taste.
The diverse groups in the Netherlands must work together. This might explain why the Dutch have developed a high degree of tolerance.
Due to the population density, the Dutch have developed a strong sense of individuality and privacy.
In the last episode of the series ‘The DNA of the Netherlands’, we find out what the national motto ‘Je maintiendrai’ really stands for.
The Dutch like to fend for themselves, for fear of further interference. They love their freedom and independence.
Christina and Tom face the same dilemma: what to put first, each other or their careers in art?
The Dutch have a strong entrepreneurial spirit. In the seventeenth century, they were responsible for the world's first multinational company.
Jan Renkema gives an overview of the core trademarks of Dutch identity.
Marieke De Maré has written a dreamy, poetic story about how people who at first live apart eventually come together.
Marije Langelaar’s debut novel is a short triptych in which dreams and reality are softly entwined, in search of perfect symbiosis.
A melancholic and funny debut novel about people who tend to follow the herd but still want to be noticed.
They are a colourful and curious bunch, the artists that Hans Depelchin assembles in his debut novel Weekdier (Mollusc).
The debut novel by Dutch writer and performer Joost Oomen is a whimsical book brimming with wonderful fantasies.
Due to the openness and the usually quick acceptance of various groups the Netherlands has been able to develop as a country in which modern ideas can flourish.
In 'Meral', author Froukje Santing subtly unravels the entanglements of a Dutch-Turkish family.
In a country of polders, flatness defines everything. This flatness means that nobody can rise above you, nor you above them.
The Dutch have a constant willingness to compromise and whose aim above all is a general consensus.
In his debut novel Frank Heinen lays bare the state of the care system in contemporary society as well as the role played by the media in how we perceive certain events.
In his first novel 'Vijd' Jonas Bruyneel paints a vibrant portrait of the Burgundian family who commissioned the world-famous 'Adoration of the Mystic Lamb' of the Van Eyck brothers.
Femke Vindevogel has written a blackly comic tale about a quest for one’s true self on the disadvantaged side of town.
Mariken Heitman has written a penetrating debut about gender identity.
‘Het nabestaan van Anna Portier’ is a poignant debut about mourning, dying and the lives we lead or don't.
Who's helping who? That is the question in Siel Verhanneman's poignant debut novel, 'Or else everyone dies'.
What makes you a mother? Fen Verstappen looks for answers in her touching debut novel ‘Moeder af’.
In his debut novel ‘Uiterste dagen’, Ferdinand Lankamp undertakes a search for our motives, which can sometimes be very dark.
In her gripping debut novel ‘Hier is alles veilig’, Anneleen Van Offel tells her story with subtle clues, precise and detailed descriptions, in beautiful language.
Kevin van Vliet's debut novel 'Wolfsjong' is a classic tale with an edgy and dark side.
‘Augustus’ by Irma Maria Achten is a sensual debut novel about improbable love, in which passion, a longing for death and family secrets play an important role.
In her debut novel, Valerie Tack unpicks skilfully how a young woman, marked by life, slowly but surely turns into a cold-blooded murderer.
Actress Romana Vrede writes a letter to her autistic son, which makes for a tough, but loving book.
Jan Renkema provides a clear analysis of the Dutch identity in his pamphlet ‘The DNA of the Netherlands’. He starts with a conversation on a flight to Schiphol.
Beyond the preoccupations and times of their curators, musical instrument museums such as the MIM in Brussels are testament to the creativity and skill of sound and music makers, allowing us to learn about and imagine the musical and sonic...
The United Kingdom and The Netherlands' shared history has a big and often funny impact on each other's language.