Once a beacon of progressive politics, the Netherlands today is a traumatised, angry and deeply confused nation. Support for immigration and the European project are at all-time lows. Synagogues and Jewish schools need police protection from homegrown jihadists, and freedom of expression is under serious pressure.
Finally! Some are seeing the light.
Any conclusions to draw?
What if the European project is an edifice with fatally flawed foundations? How does an open society based on equality survive, when every year it takes in tens if not hundreds of thousands of immigrants from countries with no tradition of openness, equality or democratic debate? Especially when those immigrants consistently have more children than the native Dutch?
Oooh! Once, this would have been unthinkable. Certainly in the pages of the ‘Guardian’.
What seems certain is that the heady days of progressive optimism are not coming back.
So what are we doing about it? Well, Brexit seems like a good start.