Category: Politics

Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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Is Islamophobia welcome in Utrecht?

Supporters of the far-right Islamophobic group Pegida staged an anti-Islam demonstration outside the Abi Bakr Issidik Mosque Utrecht last Wednesday. The demonstration was held outside the Mosque, frequented by members of the Moroccan community,...

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Utrecht, are you ready for Brexit?

Being fully engaged with all things Dutch, I was reading the website Rijksoverheid.nl to learn more about just what is going on in The Netherlands. As the website tells us, Rijksoverheid.nl is the joint...

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Brexit arrangements welcome in Utrecht

I was reading  DutchNews.nl and was interested to learn how the Netherlands is dealing with Brexit. In good news for UK nationals living in the Netherlands, they will soon be officially informed that they...

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Utrecht to face Brexit Tax

If as seems likely the UK continues in its monumental act of self harm and leaves the EU, perhaps the British government should ask them selves about the damage they are doing to other...

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Utrecht counts costs of major planning failings

How could the authorities get it so wrong? The National Audit office has slammed Utrecht over the planned university tram connection to the city. Utrecht auditors have criticised both the province and the city...

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Utrecht ExPats to get a boost

The current Expat Centre in the municipal office will be renamed the International Welcome Centre Utrecht Region from the start of 2019. It is hoped that the Welcome Centre will be more open and...

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Are the Dutch Racist? Is Utrecht Racist?

I read this headline today on “Dutch Review” Racist comments cause columnist to have to leave her position Racism in the Netherlands. I thought could this still be happening? And in The Netherlands? This abuse...

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Mayor of Utrecht, Working for You

I was pleased that Jan van Zanen, mayor of Utrecht, was able to take time from his busy work schedule to speak to us at Utrecht Central. Jan van Zanen was born in 1961,...

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Should Utrecht Ban Burqa?

I think it is reassuring that in the 21st Century, Utrecht, will not be giving top  priority to enforcing the proposed new anti-burqa law, especially when there are so many more important things to...