Dutch Foreign Ministers on the future of Europe

The future of the European Union is a fashionable debate among politicians and academics with the European Parliament elections in sight, set for May 2014. However, there is a huge information gap amongst the general public – they do not know when the next EP elections are. On 11 December, 2013, the Hague Institute for…

A shocking statement in Dutch parliament after an uncomfortable question

During the first session of the 2014 policy debate in the Netherlands, a most shocking confrontation developed between Alexander Pechtold (D66, liberals, central-left) and Geert Wilders (PVV, aka Freedom Party, far-right). Pechtold asked Wilders two questions, Why, during the PVV demonstrations against the government, did Wilders welcome everybody’s support for his party? Apparently, there was…

Part III: Peter van Walsum: Morality and Realism in Dutch foreign policy

This is part three of a five-part event summary of the main points and statements  of high-ranking Dutch political directors at The Hague Institute for Global Justice’s, entitled “An Inside View: The Effectiveness of Dutch Foreign Policy”. The question under discussion was ‘in which way could Dutch foreign policy be made more effective’? Structurally how, based…

Snippet: The richest 1%

I’ve been wondering about the GDP level of countries when excluding the richest 1% of the population. This is not too easy to find, but I have come across some very interesting information produced by “The World Top Income Database”. The graph shows the income share of the top 1% in a selection of countries…