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?
Whale oil was a good substitute for vegetable oils and fats, so merchants in the Netherlands saw opportunities to earn good money with whaling. The Dutch hunted whales from 1612 to 1964.
If a vaccine against COVID-19 is ever developed, there is a good chance it will happen in Belgium.
Twenty-four Flemish writers and poets wrote each other letters during the first weeks of the coronavirus lockdown. This is the correspondence between Jeroen Olyslaegers and Siel Verhanneman.
There is something about the development of the Indonesian language that irritates journalist Joss Wibisono - it is being mixed with English.
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.
The new director of Ons Erfdeel regrets that the debate about Flemish self-awareness has degenerated into a polarisation between the populist right and the tendentious left.
For three centuries, the barge between Bruges and Ghent was a popular and luxurious means of transport.
No fewer than 76 different flowers and plants have already been identified on the Ghent Altarpiece. And all that greenery is rich with significance.
Even in the Low Countries, not everyone is convinced that the anniversary should be celebrated with much fanfare.
An exhibition at the In Flanders Fields Museum shows how missing soldiers of the First World War have got their identity back thanks to archaeological and historical research.
When architect Victor Horta was forced to flee during WWI, he travelled to the United States to give lectures. America influenced his ideas about architecture, urban planning, and society.
Belgium has an interim minority government to deal with the corona crisis. The emergency has exacerbated the division in the country. Will Belgium fall apart, or is it actually a laboratory for Europe?
The Dutch bestselling author is back with a novel on European identity, nostalgia and the end of an era.
International interest in Dutch sources is huge and, thanks to digitalisation, there are more texts available than ever. But human know-how is lagging behind technological progress.
With its large collection of works from the Golden Age, Mauritshuis is one of the most important museums in the Netherlands. Important but not without controversy.
Many a filmmaker has been inspired by Vermeer's work. A story about the impossible love between master and maid.
Migration offers good pickings for populists, while those who take an honest look at the subject find they are up against a headwind. A double interview with migration specialists.
Humour is right there in the boxing ring of our society. So, there is much more to jokes and witticisms than just getting a laugh. But how does humour relate to power?
Linguist and Professor of Dutch Marc van Oostendorp debunks the consensus that Dutch would be a pluricentric language.
With the Congo Commission, Belgium took a different path from the Netherlands, which had its colonial past in Indonesia investigated by three institutes. What does this mean for dealing with a fraught history?
After the First World War, architect Huib Hoste helped rebuild the Flemish Westhoek. But his innovative ideas quickly clashed with residents and their yearning for the past.
Tourism is increasingly becoming more of a curse than a blessing in Amsterdam, Bruges, Maastricht and numerous other places in the Low Countries.
Five hundred years after his birth, publishers can still learn from his cultural entrepreneurship.
No other Middle Dutch text has meant so much to so many as 'Reynard the Fox'. Medievalist Frits van Oostrom examines why this story has remained so popular for centuries.
Hundreds of thousands of people have visited the scars left by WWI in recent years, but war tourism is not a new phenomenon.
What did the Dutch know, through the ages, about what went on in their colonies, in the East and West Indies? Ewald Vanvught gives an outline of the current changing view of the colonial period in the Netherlands with reference to four monu...
The distorted image that many Dutch people have of the overseas territories during the colonial occupation is often based on movies.
Fleming Peter De Brabander provides the logistics for movies about the Second World War.
After five years of renovation and decolonisation, the AfricaMuseum in Tervuren opened again. Dutch writer of Congolese descent, Kiza Magendane visited the museum with mixed feelings.
A young, progressive generation is genuinely interested in Belgium’s colonial past, mainly because they realise that the origin of today’s racism can often be found in this period.
Why our we still fascinated with a commemorative work like the St Matthew Passion that was written almost three hundred years ago?
Into the Open is a new performance by Voetvolk. Read this portrait from 2019 of unconventional dancer Lisbeth Gruwez, composer Maarten Van Cauwenberghe and their company Voetvolk.
Luc Devoldere states that we have no choice in Europe, but to become as multilingual as possible.
Flanders' most colourful and most cosmopolitan rocker turned 70.
Where are the official apologies for the sufferings the Dutch and Belgians caused in their former colonies?
What is the result of the deal between Google Books and the Ghent University Library?
He sets fire to furniture, makes seats grow and locks people in clocks to manipulate time. Designer Maarten Baas continues to surprise.
Discover the other side of the popular seaside resort with its impressive Art Nouveau houses, adorned with loggias, glazed tiles and elegant ironwork.
Eindhoven-based story designer artist Alice Wong is interested in how reality is shaped.
Dutch art often appears in debates about identity, and this always happens in terms of what is 'own' and 'foreign' to it. Rembrandt in particular turns out to be very 'malleable'.
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.
Fifty years ago, Jan Wolkers shook the Netherlands to its foundations with 'Turkish Delight'. Aleid Truijens blushed when she reread his taboo-breaking classic novel.
The Belgian capital marked a turning point in the German philosopher's life. It was there Marx worked with his close friend Friedrich Engels on his Communist Manifesto.
This practical and comprehensive translation handbook is aimed mainly at learner-translators from Dutch to English with CEFRL level C in Dutch and native or near-native competence in English. As the authors point out in their introduction,...
This excellent and comprehensive literary history of the Low Countries, spanning more than a thousand years, will serve both to whet readers' appetites and to provide insight into the socio-historical and literary contexts in which that lit...