Recent events around the trial against Dutch politician Geert Wilders demonstrate that our laws prohibiting hate speech should be reconsidered. Not only for the sake of the right to freedom of expression in political debate, but also in order to protect independence of both parliament and judiciary.
50 years after landing on the moon the media and scientists still dream about further exploring space. Yet the images of planet earth have shifted our focus: we return to where we started, with a renewed awareness of the place we have always lived in.
Last week the Dutch Parliament discussed the proposal for a mandatory deposit return system for small plastic bottles. After more than 25 years of dialogue with the industry, it seems that this might be the only solution to tackle plastic pollution.