By Harm Zonderland, 9 February 2021
Governments across Europe and internationally are demanding schools be reopened, even as evidence mounts that schools are key vectors in spreading COVID-19.
By Alex Lantier, 29 January 2021
Imitating Trump’s January 6 coup attempt in Washington, far-right parties are using street violence to try to end all social distancing and shift the upcoming elections.
By Alex Lantier and Parwini Zora, 20 January 2021
Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s government resigned as governments in Estonia and Italy fell in the wake of Trump’s fascist coup attempt in Washington on January 6.
19 January 2021
By Harm Zonderland and Parwini Zora, 10 October 2020
The Netherlands has become a major hot-spot in western Europe for COVID-19 infections, with record numbers of confirmed infections each day.
By Harm Zonderland and Parwini Zora, 2 September 2020
Rioting started in the Schilderswijk district of The Hague, which is devastated by rising social misery, shunned by the media and subjected to continual police harassment.
By Harm Zonderland and Parwini Zora, 20 July 2020
Tata Steel has revived its long-standing “reorganisation plans,” exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to eliminate an estimated 1,250 to 3,000 jobs.
By Harm Zonderland and Parwini Zora, 30 June 2020
When the pandemic hit the Netherlands, the Dutch government adopted a reckless wait-and-see posture, even when it was clear that COVID-19 was potentially fatal.
By Harm Zonderland and Parwini Zora, 27 April 2020
The Dutch government’s “intelligent lockdown” strategy adopted since March 16 places capitalist profits above workers’ lives, risking countless thousands of deaths.
By Harm Zonderland and Parwini Zora, 30 January 2020
Dutch teachers are mounting renewed strike action to demand funds for staff, facilities, increased pay and reduced workloads.
By Daniel Woreck and Harm Zonderland, 23 November 2019
The WSWS spoke to striking healthcare workers at a rally in Utrecht about their working conditions and strike amid an international resurgence of class struggles.
By Parwini Zora and Harm Zonderland, 20 November 2019
Dutch health care workers are taking a stand with the first-ever nationwide strike, as part of the international resurgence of the class struggle.
By Harm Zonderland and Parwini Zora, 9 November 2019
The teachers’ action was the latest in a series of mass protests across the country, which has been dubbed an “autumn of discontent.”
By Clara Weiss, 24 June 2019
Charges against pro-Moscow separatists were laid based on an “investigation” influenced by the Ukrainian regime, that produced no proof of Russian involvement in downing flight MH-17.
By Harm Zonderland, 30 March 2019
Provincial councils were elected in the Netherlands on March 20, with the far-right Forum for Democracy (FvD), led by Thierry Baudet, winning 12 out of 75 seats.
By Will Morrow, 19 March 2019
Before any substantive information came to light, Dutch and European authorities were alleging the shooter was linked to terrorism and religious extremism.
By Harm Zonderland, 18 March 2019
The militant struggle of teachers in the Netherlands is part of an international strike wave among educators spanning five continents.
By Harm Zonderland, 5 February 2019
A survey held amongst teachers exposes the disastrous working conditions in the primary schools, high schools and universities of the Netherlands.
By Harm Zonderland, 17 November 2018
The demonstration was one of the largest since the government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD) came to power last year.
By our reporters, 5 October 2018
Anger over high levels of social inequality in the Netherlands swelled after the neo-liberal-conservative coalition government announced the abolition of the country’s tax on dividends.
Protest march on October 2 in the Netherlands
the European Editorial Board of the WSWS, 2 October 2018
The World Socialist Web Site supports today's march in The Hague, in which thousands employed in the public sector, health and above all education will participate.
By Harm Zonderland and Dietmar Henning, 27 September 2018
There have been more strikes in the Netherlands since the beginning of the year than in all of 2017, which saw the highest number of work stoppages since 1989.
By Kumaran Ira, 14 September 2018
The Dutch government spent nearly 70 million euros to fund jihadist groups as part of the US-NATO led regime change war against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
By Harm Waling, 28 May 2018
Teachers in Dutch elementary schools will strike in the southern provinces on May 30, part of a growing wave of strike actions in the Netherlands.
By Derek Bell, 21 October 2017
Mark Rutte of the VVD remains prime minister, but in coalition with three other right-wing parties rather than the Social Democrats, whose vote collapsed.
By Peter Schwarz, 18 March 2017
The defeat of Geert Wilders in the Dutch election has not stopped the growth of nationalism and xenophobia; it has amplified it in the establishment parties.
By Peter Schwarz, 17 March 2017
Wilders’ poorer than expected result does not signal an end to the sharp shift to the right in European politics.
By Peter Schwarz, 15 March 2017
The fascistic Geert Wilders has set the tone for the entire spectrum of Dutch politics, from the conservative government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte to the ex-Maoist Socialist Party.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 15 March 2017
The ex-Maoist Socialist Party demands that Dutch workers be given preferential treatment over immigrants and calls for limits on the entry of migrants into the EU.
By Halil Celik, 14 March 2017
The Turkish government is using the Dutch ban on public appearances by Turkish officials in the Netherlands to promote its reactionary constitutional referendum.
By Dietmar Henning and Daniel Woreck, 14 March 2017
A WSWS reporting team visited the Dutch town of Venlo in the run-up to Wednesday’s national election.
By Alex Lantier, 13 March 2017
The move is part of a nationalist campaign by Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who is appealing to anti-Muslim sentiment in the run-up to the March 15 elections.
By Dietmar Henning, 9 March 2017
As in the United States, the ruling class in Europe is responding to the capitalist crisis and rising social tensions by abandoning democratic forms of rule and returning to nationalism and war.
By Dietmar Henning and Martin Kreickenbaum, 27 February 2017
According to recent polls, the liberal-social democratic governing coalition in the Netherlands will be punished for its drastic austerity policies on March 15.
By Johannes Stern, 8 April 2016
Wednesday’s referendum result has deepened the political crisis in Europe and provoked nervous reactions from politicians and the media.
By Josh Varlin, 2 February 2016
Prime Minister Rutte’s announcement of the decision to begin bombing ISIS in Syria marks a dramatic escalation of the Netherlands’ involvement in the US-led campaign.
By Stefan Steinberg, 7 July 2015
The recent protests in The Hague are a response to the poverty and years of police harassment prevailing in impoverished regions in the Netherlands.
By Josh Varlin, 10 April 2015
Amid mass abstention, voters dealt a sharp rebuff to the Netherlands’ ruling liberal and social-democratic parties.
By Josh Varlin, 13 January 2015
Estimates place the potential earthquake magnitude for the province as high as 5.0 on the Richter scale.
By Peter Symonds, 26 July 2014
There is nothing benign about what Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott described yesterday as “a humanitarian mission”.
By Dietmar Henning, 23 October 2013
The agreement contains €6 billion in further austerity measures as well as attacks on workers and the unemployed.
By Elizabeth Zimmermann, 4 May 2013
Unemployment in the Netherlands has reached 8.1 percent—the highest level in 30 years
By Elizabeth Zimmermann, 6 November 2012
The new Dutch coalition is based on a harsh austerity programme of €15 billion in cuts.
By Dietmar Henning, 15 September 2012
The new government, which will most likely include the Social Democrats, has already announced a sharp attack on workers’ social rights.
By Dietmar Henning, 12 September 2012
In Wednesday's federal election in the Netherlands, all parties favour austerity measures dictated by the European Union and the banks.
By Sven Heymann and Peter Schwarz, 30 August 2012
Polls predict that the (former Maoist) Socialist Party (SP) will win the Dutch parliamentary elections due on September 12.
By Chris Marsden, 24 April 2012
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte resigned on Monday after his government failed to get backing for austerity measures agreed with the European Union.
By Dietmar Henning, 12 July 2011
Holland’s right-wing ruling parties are embarking on draconian cuts in social benefits and cultural services, while providing a platform for the anti-immigrant racist, Geert Wilders.
By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 15 March 2011
Following the regional elections held on 2 March the ultra-right, anti-Islamic party of Geert Wilders’s PVV entered the Dutch Senate for the first time.
By Dietmar Henning, 9 October 2010
The right-wing populist and racist politician Geert Wilders will play a major role in government policy in the Netherlands.
By Stefan Steinberg, 9 September 2010
As talks on a government coalition collapse, far-right Geert Wilders is emerging as the kingmaker in Dutch politics.
By Sven Heymann, 12 August 2010
The new Dutch government will be supported by the far-right Party for Freedom (PVV) of Gert Wilders.
By Peter Schwarz, 12 June 2010
After Hungary and the UK, the Netherlands is the third significant European Union country where right-wing parties have emerged as election winners in the midst of the deepest economic crisis since the 1930s.
By Dietmar Henning, 8 March 2010
The ruling class is grooming Wilders and his PVV in order to fill the political vacuum that has developed in recent years and enforce violent attacks on the entire working class.
By Stefan Steinberg, 22 February 2010
The collapse of the Dutch government represents a serious blow to the US administration’s military strategy in Afghanistan.
By Ann Talbot, 22 January 2010
The Davids Commission, which investigated the role of the Netherlands in the 2003 Iraq war, has declared that the war was illegal.
By Ann Talbot, 22 January 2010
A Dutch commission of inquiry has concluded that the US-led 2003 Iraq war was illegal under international law.
By Ann Talbot, 21 January 2010
The Davids Commission, which investigated the role of the Netherlands in the 2003 Iraq war, has declared that the war was illegal.
By Niall Green, 17 February 2009
The UK government has banned right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders from Britain. Wilders is a racist provocateur who is seeking to whip up anti-Muslim chauvinism. Wilders’s deportation, however, is an attack on, not a defence of, democratic rights.
The rise and fall of Fortis
By Stephan Steinberg, 1 October 2008
Stock markets across Europe tumbled on Monday following the news that leading banks across the continent were facing collapse.
By Jordan Shilton, 3 April 2008
The decision of right-wing Dutch MP Geert Wilders to screen a short film claiming that the Koran is a “fascist” book is yet another effort to stir up anti-Islamic sentiment and promote a climate of fear. It follows the reprinting of the caricature of the Prophet Mohammed in 17 newspapers in Denmark on February 13.
By Jörg Victor, 8 February 2007
More than two months after the parliamentary elections, Dutch parties have finally agreed on a new government in the Netherlands. Those parties that fared worst in the election have joined together to form a grand coalition—an alliance of the Christian Democrats (CDA) of Prime Minister Jan-Peter Balkenende, the social democratic Labour Party (PvdA) and the religious fundamentalists of the Christian Union (CU). Discussions are currently underway on a new government programme.
By Dietmar Henning and Jörg Victor, 7 December 2006
Two developments dominated the Dutch parliamentary elections held on November 22. First, the outgoing conservative government was unable to profit from its exploitation of racism in the election campaign. Instead, according to polls, social and economic issues were the central questions in the election. Second, the social democrats in the Netherlands were unable to translate widespread social discontent into electoral support.
By Jörg Victor, 5 July 2006
On June 30, Dutch Prime Minister Jan-Peter Balkenende submitted his resignation after one of his coalition partners, the Democrats’66 (D66), withdrew from his government.
By Dietmar Henning, 25 March 2006
The federal government of prime minister Jan-Peter Balkenende was punished heavily in local elections held in the Netherlands on March 7. Following the failure to win a majority in the referendum on the European Constitution last summer, the local election result is the second defeat for the coalition government of the Christian Democrats (CDA), the right-wing liberal People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) and the liberal D66 party. Behind the defeat is the widespread opposition to the government’s social and immigration policies.
By Chris Marsden, 28 October 2005
At least 11 people have died and 15 are in hospital, as a result of a three-hour blaze in a detention centre at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport in the early hours of Thursday, October 27. Police have said the death toll could rise.
By Jörg Victor and Martin Kreickenbaum, 4 June 2005
On June 1, three days after the failure of the referendum in France, voters in the Netherlands likewise rejected the European Union constitution. The “no” vote was even more pronounced than in France. Some 61.6 percent of Dutch voters voted “no” to the constitution, with turnout unexpectedly high at 63 percent. In comparison, voter turnout for the last European elections was just 39 percent.
By Chris Marsden, 2 June 2005
Voters in the Netherlands have overwhelmingly rejected the proposed European Union constitution. Initial projections based on more than half the ballots cast in the June 1 referendum indicate that at least 62 percent voted against the treaty, with turnout also as high as 62 to 63 percent of the electorate.
By Jörg Victor, 27 May 2005
On June 1, just three days after the planned referendum in France, the Netherlands is holding its own national referendum on the new European Union (EU) constitution. Polls indicate that the government of Prime Minister Jan-Peter Balkenende is facing a serious defeat. A recent opinion poll showed the majority of the population is against the draft constitution, opposing the position of all major political parties in the Dutch parliament.
By Jörg Victor, 23 November 2004
Social tensions have mounted in the Netherlands following the murder of the film director and journalist Theo van Gogh. Politicians, the media and some sections of the intelligentsia are responsible for encouraging xenophobia.
By Jörg Victor, 10 November 2004
Theo van Gogh was murdered in Amsterdam on Tuesday, November 2. The 47-year-old film director and publicist was shot and stabbed several times by his assassin on the streets of the Dutch capital. Van Gogh had made no secret of his sympathy for the policies and restrictive immigration policies of the party led by the right-wing populist Pim Fortuyn, who was himself murdered in May 2002.
By Paul Bond, 27 September 2004
The Dutch government of Jan Peter Balkenende is seeking to extend further the powers of the police and state. To this end it has now released details of five arrests made earlier in the summer. Those arrested are suspected of plotting bomb attacks on parliament, Schipol Airport, the Borssele nuclear plant and the Leidschendam headquarters of the security services (AIVD).
By Paul Bond, 21 February 2004
The Dutch parliament voted February 17 to expel some 26,000 asylum seekers from the Netherlands over the next three years, marking an escalation in the brutalisation of immigrants across Europe. The bill—passed by 83 to 57 votes in the lower house—has yet to be ratified by parliament’s upper house, but no obstacles are expected. Indeed, the centre-right coalition government of Jan Pieter specifically rejected a number of opposition amendments designed to slightly soften the legislation.
By Jörg Victor, 19 February 2004
The Dutch coalition government consisting of the CDA (Christian-Democratic-Appeal), VVD (the liberal Peoples Party for Freedom and Democracy) and D66 (Democrats ’66) is reacting to the country’s economic crisis and growing poverty by limiting civil rights and strengthening the state apparatus. In particular, surveillance and spying on the population are to be expanded.