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.
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A European Union united by road, but divided by tolls
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
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
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
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
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.
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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$50 million heist challenges Belgian diamond industry, Antwerp most to lose
Only “a few minutes”: That is all the time that thieves needed to steal an estimated $50 million worth of diamonds from Brussels Airport in Belgium.
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A royal family that believes in retirement? Dutch Queen Beatrix to abdicate
After more than 100 years of rule by female heads of state, the Netherlands is set to have a king on its throne once again.
Queen Beatrix announced during a pre-recorded television speech broadcast tonight that she will abdicate on April 30 and will be succeeded by her son Willem-Alexander. The crown prince will become the first king of The Netherlands in more than 100 years.
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Dutch minister to steer Eurogroup – and navigate eurocrisis
After over a month of rumors, Jeroen Dijsselbloem has been officially tapped as the new head of the Eurogroup, putting the Dutch finance minister into prime position to guide Europe’s navigation through the ongoing debt crisis.
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