Omar’s Blog #2: The Members of Team MENA

A while ago, I promised to introduce our team members, without whom this team would never be what it is now. As I said last time, the concept of this team has existed since 2011. Since April of 2019, however,…

Omar’s Blog: #1 Introducing Team MENA

From today on, you will be receiving new updates from a small team in the Netherlands. I am introducing you to team MENA of the Young Democrats/Jonge Democraten. The name gives away our main focus but there is much more…

Interview with Jonge Democraten

This is an article in our series of interviews with liberal and democratic youth organisations. Other interviews can be found here. The Jonge Democraten (Young Democrats) are a Dutch progressive-liberal youth organisation, founded in 1984. The organisation is affiliated with…

The Dutch Climate Law: a Broad Agreement Pointing in the Right Direction

Wednesday the 27th of June 2018 was a historical day for the (political) climate in The Netherlands. On this day, seven political parties presented their proposal for a “Climate Law.” If it is passed, it will make the Netherlands the…

Licence to Heal: How to Make Healthcare Accessible to Everyone

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has” – Margaret Mead This quote is the motto of the License to Heal working group. A group of…

Ecstasy Shop in Amsterdam: Jonge Democraten’s Campaign to Legalise MDMA

In spring last year, social liberal youth party Jonge Democraten (JD) opened up a pop up shop selling Ecstacy pills, in order to campaign for the legalisation of MDMA. Libel editor Krijn van Eeden interviewed JD president Wouter van Erkel…

‘The desire to alter the image of sex work is lacking’ – Interview with Astrid Zwinkels

Meet Astrid Zwinkels, a 25-year-old Jonge Democraten member, who tries to influence Dutch policy on Prostitution. Not only is her academic career dedicated to this subject, she is also involved in JD’s working group Diversity & Participation. Apart from that…