2009 cover of Elsevier
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Elsevier is a Dutch weekly magazine with a circulation of over 140,000 copies and well over 700,000 weekly readers. Its chief editor is Arendo Joustra. It is the largest news and opinion weekly in The Netherlands and conventionally considered to be one of the most influential written media in the Dutch language area. Views expressed are generally liberally right wing.
Elsevier focuses mainly on politics, international affairs and business. In terms of scope of articles it is best comparable to Germany's Focus, Belgium's Knack or America's Time Magazine. Like Time Magazine, Elsevier runs a yearly coverstory about a Person of the Year.
The predecessor of the magazine, Elsevier's Geïllustreerd Maandschrift (Elsevier's Illustrated Monthly), was prohibited in 1940 by the German authorities. In 1945, Elsevier became a magazine, fulfilling preparations made by Director Jan Pieter Klautz during the war. Its aim was to take an independent position, not linked to any political party or association.
This independence was not maintained for long. By the end of the 1940s Elsevier adopted a clear position against an independent Indonesia. The opinions published nowadays in Elsevier are generally liberally right-wing.
Pim Fortuyn was a columnist for Elsevier from 1993 till 2001.
Elsevier magazine laid the foundation and gave its name to the publishing company Elsevier, which is now part of Reed Elsevier.
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