On Brussels: The Drift Sets In

Find Luke‘s other articles On Brussels here. The EU-wide vaccination programme has got off to a rocky start, to say the least. Now, things are going from bad to worse. The rollout of the AstraZeneca jab has been paused, countries that are…

Dutch Ambassador to Ukraine Close Friends with Alleged Mafia Figure

On Saturday July 13th Eduard Hoeks, the Dutch ambassador to Ukraine, visited the Odesa International Film Festival in the Ukrainian port city of Odesa. During the event, the ambassador took a picture with the mayor of Odesa, Gennadyi Trukhanov. The…

Let’s Not Forget All That We Have Gained from Free Trade

Our nation’s wealth exists mostly because of globalisation and free trade. And yet, more and more often, globalisation is seen as something bad. For the most part however, these opinions are not based on facts but on rhetoric expressed by…

Towards a real solution in the refugee crisis: A focus on the future for refugees – Dominique Arntz and Lidewij Koene

The Netherlands is often seen as a country in which freedom, tolerance and human rights are celebrated and well-respected. Its citizens generally enjoy a very high level of well-being. But what about the refugees in the Netherlands? Do they benefit…

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…

How to Address the Root Causes of Refugee Flows – Laura de Vries and Bas Vos

Migrants in dire conditions, arriving at Europe’s borders, have been in the news for more than two years now. European states claim to be on top of the situation. But are they? Are they doing enough? And are they doing the…

‘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…

Results of the Forum “Free Ukraine – Strong Europe” – Anna Rogovchenko

Ukrainian aspirations towards European values and Western standards of living have been followed by difficult challenges and fundamental changes. After the EuroMaidan uprising in 2013-2014 Ukraine has faced the annexation of the Crimea and military conflict in the Donbas, deep…