The election in the Netherlands was the first of three important votes in EU member countries this year. (The other two are in France and Germany.) After last year’s unexpected ‘leave’ vote in the United Kingdom and Donald Trump’s victory, would there be another surprise? This issue’s lead story explains the run up to Dutch the election, the result and why several EU leaders are now feeling less anxious.
In other parts of the world, snakes are devastating Guam’s flora and fauna, WikiLeaks is in the news again, Guyana gets lucky, and, after 147 million years, the rock star fossil flies again. A sad moment: Malta’s much admired Azure Window falls into the sea, and a happy one as Ghana celebrates its 60th.