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…

Homesick

Image: Vasco Gargalo de Portugal by Martina Losi David* is a Dutch citizen who was born in Syria in 1986. He has been living in the Netherlands since the age of twelve, when he and his family arrived fleeing from their homeland, even if there was no war at that time. When the civil war…

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…

When all the trains have left

By Anna Severinenko “It was always my dream to have my own bar. 8 years ago, it was finally about to open, everything was ready. But then the smoking ban came and killed everything.” Since last year Jack cleans the toilets and picks up garbage three times a week at the central train station in…

James Bond OO God not this again!

By James Field Height: 183cm, weight: 76 kilograms; slim build; eyes: blue; hair: black; scar down right cheek and on left shoulder; signs of plastic surgery on back of right hand; all-round athlete; expert pistol shot, boxer, knife-thrower; does not use disguises. Anyone come to mind? No? That’s because this is Ian Fleming’s description of…