Dutch PM Rutte faces earthquake victims

Report by Matt Richards and Emily Howard, featured image by FocusGroningen It was a big day for earthquake victims in Groningen when Prime Minister and VVD party leader Mark Rutte visited the area to meet residents and discuss issues surrounding the controversial fracking. The Spoke caught up with local VVD fraction leader Sabine Koebrugge and…

Quest for an unknown baby

By João Perassolo and Marijn Thijs The Mystery Baby is a sticker with a baby face on it, that can be spotted everywhere in Groningen. It’s so omnipresent that it became an urban legend. But who’s this baby? Who’s the artist behind it? Is this even art? We try to find out. Watch below.

Jasper, the seagull traveller

By Inès Mette “I do many things. I have a lot of diplomas, and I work for healthcare. I also work for architects, carpenters. […] I do what I like,” says Jasper as he is eating his lunch of fried fish at the back of his work van. His colleague does not want to talk…

The Lifeguard of Groningen

By Migle Vaisnoraite Swimming in the sea, I was never afraid of it because I knew that David Hasselhoff and his Baywatch team will be there, ready, forever. The city of Groningen doesn’t have the beach. But it has a sea of bars filled with softer or stronger alcoholic liquids. It also has its own…

Dutch Election Night: Unfolding the Ballots

By Marijn Thijs At 21.00, the large grey wheelie bin serving as a voting box was ceremonially sealed in Sporthal Selwerd in the north of Groningen, only to be unlocked and upended a minute later, an avalanche of papers spreading out in the middle of the gym hall. Scenes like these could be seen all…

No love for SecondLove.nl

By Bala Chambers, Cata Radu, Martina Losi, Masha Tsnompilantze “Sexgod666” is his nickname. He describes himself as a 45-year-old male, standing almost two meters tall, from Overijssel, a province in the Netherlands: ‘Hello ladies! I am looking for a nice woman who, like me, wants to experience tension and lust’. On any ordinary dating website, this statement would raise eyebrows.…