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INTERVIEW | NATIONALISM & THE PVV

But the divide isn’t new. Wilders and his PVV (Party for Freedom) entered the Dutch political scene in 2006 and have been causing controversy with their outspoken views on Islam and immigration ever since. However, this could be the first time Geert Wilders wins the largest share of the vote in a national election, begging the question: why are so many people voting for him? Personally, I’m one of those people who didn’t see Brexit or President Trump coming. So to find an answer to my

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THE END OF THE WORLD BOOKCLUB

How this vision comes to be reality isn’t really clear – Russia, or a pandemic, or The Bomb, or the next crash on Wall Street – but it doesn’t matter. The end of the world is something to talk about when I come over, during ad breaks between episodes of The Great British Bake Off. Have you read The Year of the Flood? Have you read Earth Abides? Have you read The Road? “Is that a Dutch book?,” he asks me. I don’t think

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GIRL ON A PLANE, GIRL ON A TRAIN: ON BEING IN LOVE AND BETWEEN CITIES

My suitcase is the only thing I ever won in a lottery. Styled in the white-and-orange of the Dutch Olympic team, it’s always filled with the necessities: tooth brush, jeans, pens, spare iPhone charger, a copy of Anna Karenina. My life. Cabin-sized. Never have I felt less athletic than I do rolling its weight after me, on my way to my boyfriend across the British Channel. Without him, I am – I confess – lonely. So the rest of the

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WHY WE CARE ABOUT THE HOMELESS

The man sighs at me and rolls his eyes, disgusted, when I say I usually pay by card these days. He claims he needs the money for overnight shelter. That may or may not be true. On winter nights he tells me he’ll freeze to death, his breath fogging the air. Google tells me my city council offers free beds when temperatures plummet. All the same, if I have the cash I give it to him. The man never says thank you.

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