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Tech meets politics: the battle continues

“Without exception we are responsible for the results of our actions and the influence we have on society,” so taught the Italian humanist Vittorino da Feltre (1373-1446) in the fourteenth century. Today, this lesson is often forgotten,…

Europe’s regional question

Will Freddy Heineken be proven right after all? Will Europe function better, both politically and economically, if divided into smaller, autonomous regions? In 1992, the Dutch beer magnate published a book called The United States of Europe…

A reassuring election result, the Dutch way

The Dutch have spoken. Even before the official election results are announced, one can conclude that Mark Rutte, with his liberal right VVD-party, has won by a landslide. It was an unexpected victory that caused great relief, not only in…