Rachel Levy

‘Clash of Civilizations’ Hits Europe

AMSTERDAM — After serving for three decades as the unofficial capital of Europe’s anything-goes, post-modern culture of tolerance, the Netherlands has been transformed with astonishing rapidity in the past three weeks into ground zero of whatever it is that is coming next. Some call it the painful, halting birth of a new era of realism. Others

Holland Could See Its First Jewish P.M.

AMSTERDAM — A son of Holocaust survivors with deep roots in the Socialist movement was poised to become the Netherlands’ first-ever Jewish prime minister in this week’s too-close-to-call parliamentary elections.Amsterdam mayor Job Cohen, 55, emerged as the top name on the surprisingly strong Labor ticket following an announcement Sunday by