Debate is an art for which the people of the Netherlands have a finely-cultivated ability.
It's worth learning a bit of the language to understand the gist of a good Dutch discussion.
But this is not easy. Indeed, the chance to watch debate programs on archived uitzendingen broadcasts is one of the rare delights of knowing some of het Nederlands. You can't speak it, with Nederlanders, unless you speak it well. You can insist; but you will have to make a concerted and persistent effort not to let conversation slide into English. You could pretend inability to speak English, in some cases, but you'd have to learn a bit of Dutch first, op je eigen houtje.
But a good debate program from Dutch TV? Masterful. Delightful, beautiful. Geweldig.
My favorite so far is the now-discontinued Lagerhuis ("Lower house," a reference to the UK House of Commons,) over which the great leftist Marcel van Dam held court. Twenty debaters of all adult ages, both sexes and various roles in society discussed matters introduced by meneer van Dam himself and did so in an orderly and mannerly fashion (and yes with passion and committed argumentativeness.)
The Dutch have a history and a politic of discussion, and a tendency to form policy by consensus in place of leadership. This, the so-called "poldermodel" or "polder politics," derives from requirements in a land where local decisions about waterworks have always had wider implications on mutual well-being and even survival.
And, as a result however-much genetically and however-much culturally Dutch society is characterized by an ability to discuss, to talk, and to talk more to debate.