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the Rainy Country, a special case

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in response to reader comment: The darkest page of Dutch history happened during WW2; the flag became a negative symbol.

Submitted by myth (Germany), Jan 28, 2010 at 09:48

Charles, I think what you wrote is worth reading for anybody who wants to understand people like Geert Wilders. The Rainy Country, which is my non-national term for the Netherlands, is quite an exception in Europe when it comes to ideas about national identity. This spills over to immigration and explains some of Geert Wilders moves that people outside see as radical.

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