Welcome to Dutch Politics in English! My name is Justin-Paul Sammons, and as the title suggests, this blog is for those who are interested in the learning about fascinating world of Dutch politics, but who do not speak the (also fascinating) Dutch language.
What can you expect? At the moment I’m operating on a daily basis from Twitter during sitting weeks, although I am hoping to return here at some point for some blog posts.
My main sources of information include the daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad, the podcasts De Stemming van Vullings en van Weezel, Met Het Oog Op Morgen (and the NOS in general) and BNR Den Haag Centraal.
I live in Australia, but my formative years (i.e. teenage and early 20s) were spent in the Netherlands, from 1997-2005. This was a time of significant change in the Dutch political scene — change which continues to resonate today.
Disclaimer: I am a member of GroenLinks, the Dutch Green party. However, I am not here to promote the party, nor to defend its actions, especially if I happen to disagree with them. Inevitably, there will be some progressive-left bias on this site, but I make no apology for this.