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    Whoever wishes to understand the current societal and political situation in the Netherlands cannot do without the essay ‘The Multicultural Tragedy’ by the publicist and social-democrat Paul Scheffer. The essay, which was published in the socalled quality newspaper NRC Handelsblad in 2000, was the first successful attempt to address the grave problems that had arisen during three decades of State multiculturalism. It raised a good deal of dust and is now generally considered as a break-through in the debate on multiculturalism.
    With its translation, I hope to familiarize a much wider audience – and especially those who live in politically correct countries such as the U.K., France, Canada, Norway and Sweden – with his influential appeal.