Photo: Gemeente Amsterdam
Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan, who is suffering from terminal lung cancer, gave a lengthy interview on the traditional summer television talk show Zomergasten on Sunday, in which he said he hoped his legacy would be ‘een lieve stad’ – a kind Amsterdam.
The Volkskrant called the broadcast, shown in cinemas, the Scheepvaart Museum, debating centre De Balie and numerous bars, ‘a monument’ to Amsterdam’s popular mayor. Almost a million people watched the interview.
Van der Laan, who started a second term as the city’s mayor in 2016, started with a ‘spirited’ reminder of the fall of European dictatorships. The paper quotes him as saying  that ‘we mustn’t think everything will turn out ok in this world but it is heartening to know that people won’t be kept down forever.’
Death and dying
Van der Laan was reluctant to talk about his illness which he announced in a …