Jenny Lind Schmitt

Jenny Lind Schmitt is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute Mid-Career Course.

Photo illustration by Patrick White

An evil traffic

Europe | In the Netherlands, legal prostitution hasn’t turned out the way advocates predicted, and some are fighting to end it
by Jenny Lind Schmitt
Posted 1/16/20, 12:00 pm

The streets were crowded on a recent Saturday night in Amsterdam’s red light district. Thousands of pedestrians strolled the cobbled streets under pink neon signs and over canals where trash floated on brown water. High-pitched laughter occasionally punctuated the excited murmur of sightseers and crescendos outside an X-rated cinema.

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Jenny Lind Schmitt

Keeping a European peace

Europe | Europe’s rethinking of its post-war institutions raises questions about prospects for peace and a Christian witness on the continent
by Jenny Lind Schmitt
Posted 6/13/19, 02:00 pm

The Dutch celebrate Liberation Day with gusto. Just past noon on May 5, an Allied military convoy roared down the banner-lined main street of Hilversum, an Amsterdam suburb. Soldiers on motorcycles high-fived the crowds along the street as women in 1940s attire dashed out to leave red-lipstick kiss marks on their cheeks. WWII-era bombers zoomed overhead as the Netherlands relived the day Nazi subjugation ended 74 years ago. Dressed in green fatigues and sitting in a U.S.

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Burning issues

France | In the Notre Dame Cathedral fire, France’s Christian past collides with its turbulent secular present
by Mindy Belz & Jenny Lind Schmitt
Posted 4/19/19, 10:55 am

The pundits billed the televised speech French President Emmanuel Macron was scheduled to give at 8 p.m. on April 15 as the most important of his political career. After months of civil unrest and record protests, Macron had called for a “great national debate,” and in the Monday night address voters expected him to announce the way forward, and in so doing either unite or further divide a fractured country.

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