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…

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…

Flowers Keep the Cold Away

By Špela Krajnc “When my father died, I had to drop school. I was 19, but I had no choice. It was now or never.” It is a cold November Monday and Astrid is standing outside between her flowers with red hands covered with scratches. What looks like blood, is the color of the autumn…