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So much Dutch gold at Sochi. So why the frowns at home?

21 Feb

The Netherlands is one of the top-medalling nations in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, with totals rivaling both the much larger Russia and United States. The Dutch practically own the podium in the speedskating events. But still, there is always something to complain about in Holland. Read more at the Christian Science Monitor.

A European Union united by road, but divided by tolls

14 Aug

In Europe, it is possible to have an 11-day holiday during which you visit eight countries – and never show your passport once.

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Tongue-tied monarch? Belgium’s Philippe faces a linguistically split country

20 Jul

Christine Docus has what she calls a “Belgian marriage.” She is from the northern, Flemish part of the country and her husband from the southern, French part of Belgium.

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Dutch welcome Willem-Alexander’s ascension to Dutch throne

30 Apr

After more than a century of queens at the head of the monarchy, The Netherlands once again has a king.

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As Dutch prepare for new king, republicans ask to abolish monarchy

29 Apr

On Tuesday, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands will abdicate and her eldest son, Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange, will be inaugurated as the new king. It’s expected to be a major event that will be celebrated across the country by a supportive public.

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As Hungary’s electoral campaigns kick into gear, public apathy abounds

14 Mrt
Dome of the Hungarian parliament, Budapest. (Photo Peter Teffer)

Dome of the Hungarian parliament, Budapest. (Photo Peter Teffer)

Although Hungary’s next parliamentary election is more than a year off, you would be forgiven for thinking that election season was already well under way.

Already the ruling right-wing Fidesz party, led by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, and the leading opposition party, the Hungarian Socialist Party, which was in power from 2002 to 2010, have begun to trade barbs in anticipation of next spring’s elections.

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Hungary says its press freedom is ‘completely perfect.’ Europe disagrees.

28 Feb
Many Hungarian journalists write freely without fear of persecution. But Hungary has come under ongoing criticism from various press freedom advocates.

Many Hungarian journalists write freely without fear of persecution. But Hungary has come under ongoing criticism from various press freedom advocates. (Photos Peter Teffer)

When the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee called last week for Europe to regularly investigate journalist freedom across the EU, it didn’t name any particular country to watch. But if there has been one European nation that has been criticized for changing its media laws in the past years, it’s Hungary.

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