Is EU Citizenship Meaningless? – The Dutch Seem To Think So Why have the Dutch done nothing about dual nationality?

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Last January, a short adaptation of one of my blog posts concerning citizens’ rights after Brexit, was published in the Dutch national newspaper, “Trouw.” I pointed out the problems facing British citizens who will still be living and working in the… Continue Reading

Going Dutch – Citizenship And Freedom Of Movement Are we to stay British until debt us do part?

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Freedom has a price. Most people aren’t willing to pay it. –  Jack Kevorkian (American activist) The government’s recent decision to sharply increase the cost of giving up British citizenship represents a new low point in the Brexit saga. Just… Continue Reading

Brexit Musings (19) – The Federal Train From Lisbon Dutch PM Rutte says EU Federalism train must slow down and stop

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The EU is a community of values and a partnership of 27 sovereign member states, that make each other stronger, when a joint approach is needed…The EU is not an unstoppable train speeding towards federalism. – Mark Rutte    Just… Continue Reading

Houellebecq’s “Submission” – A Caliphate Fantasia In Rotterdam

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Michel Houellebecq’s controversial novel, “Submission”, published in 2015, received a mixed reception from both the press and politicians. Not surprisingly, Marine Le Pen, leader of the right-winged “Front National”, described the work as, “fiction that one day could become reality.”  Michel Houellebecq’s… Continue Reading

Dikes, Bikes, And Perks – Holland’s Underwater Haven

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photograph © Raimond Spekking / CC BY-SA 4.0 (via Wikimedia Commons) The latest OECD report, focussing on the work-leisure balance – so important in stopping each one of us from giving up on life – puts the Dutch at the top of… Continue Reading

British In Europe: Double-Dutch In Amsterdam’s District Court

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Earlier this month, a group of British expats living in the Netherlands, succeeded in their attempt to refer the question of their EU citizens’ rights, to the European Court Of Justice (ECJ). In what appears to be a surprising and… Continue Reading

De Brexit Overeenkomst Negeert de Burgerrechten van Britse Burgers in de EU

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Terwijl 23 juni 2016 de boeken in zal gaan als een van de zwartste dagen in onze levens, als EU-burgers in het Verenigd Koninkrijk en als Britse staatsburgers in de EU, zal ook de aankondiging van een last-minute overeenkomst over… Continue Reading

Gevangen Tussen de Lijnen: Het Lot van Britse Burgers in de EU en EU Burgers in het VK

What then is freedom? The power to live as one wishes.  –  Cicero Deze week heeft het Britse parlement de eerste stap genomen om het Artikel 50 van het Verdrag van Lissabon te kunnen activeren. Het is nu bijna acht… Continue Reading

Lost in Translation: Allochtonen Moeten Allochtoon Blijven

Op 23 januari l.l. heeft Premier Mark Rutte een open brief aan alle Nederlanders geschreven. Ik wil graag, als allochtoon, mijn reactie daarover  delen. Voordat ik in het Engels schrijf, heb ik deze Nederlandse versie opgestelt, desondanks de taalfouten die… Continue Reading