Category Archives: Current events


What Lifting Iran Sanctions Means for the World?

January 16 was a good day for Iran since it became again part of the world financial markets. The European Union lifted all its finance, trade and travel restrictions in exchange for Iran curbing its nuclear program. Although this day was celebrated by many parties, criticism was still present. This article will try to analyze the economic impact of this recent deal on Iran, Middle East and Europe.

The refugee crisis: how refugees could help Europe

It is perhaps the most intensive debate that characterizes the time we are currently living in: how are we supposed to deal with the continuously growing amount of refugees who flee from the horrible events in the Middle-East? For the past few months, more and more Dutch people developed a negative attitude towards those newcomers, which is obviously resulting from factors like the Paris attacks, the undesirable emergency shelter and asylum procedures in the Netherlands, the events on New Year’s Eve in Cologne and deeper gut feelings of social-economical dissatisfaction.


Why not introduce a Carbon Tax?

Climate change is one of the hot topics lately. With ideas on recycling, the circular economy, renewable energy sources, electric cars, solar panels, and many others, the discussion on how to attack this problem has really taken off. It did not only raise the interest of consumers and producers, but with the start of the 21st Conference Of the Parties (COP21) in Paris last week, the discussion also got the attention of political leaders of 195 countries. To add to the discussion we will introduce you to the carbon tax. We asked Professor Daan van Soest, environmental economist at Tilburg University, to explain us a thing or two about this Carbon Tax.

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Keep in Touch without a Mobile Network

Most of you have experienced the problems of losing friends out of sight during festivals and being unable to find each other again. Contacting through telephone communication seems to be the solution; at least when you are connected to the network or internet. When many people are at the same place and time demanding telephone connection the current network seems not to be sufficiently strong for communication. Think about the attacks in Paris of this month. Terrorists could be able to lay down our network; communication is no longer possible. The consequences are terrifying to imagine.


ABN AMRO Bank is back

On Friday November the 20th ABN AMRO Bank made a return on Amsterdam’s stock exchange AEX. After being rescued by the Dutch government seven years ago, the bank is now getting back on its own feet again. Apparently investors were eager to buy a piece of the Dutch bank, because the shares closed at a value of 3.5% above the IPO price. The government and ABN’s CEO responded optimistic to this news. But what is the story behind the largest Dutch bailout during the crisis?

A Closer Look at the Nobel Prize

As of 1901, 791 men, 44 women and 21 organizations have been honoured with one of the most prestigious prizes in science; the Nobel Prize. Either in the category physics, economics, physiology or medicine, chemistry, literature or peace. This month the new laureates have been announced; a reason for “Off the Charts” to give you some in depth information about the prize.


The recovery of Portugal: an example for other countries?

On October 4th, the Portuguese population was able to vote on a new government for the first time since the bailout in 2011. Back then, the country had severe debt problems and a bankruptcy was avoided with an accumulated loan of 79 billion euros from the IMF and the EU.  After this financial injection the slightly right-winged government (a coalition of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) with the Christian Democratic Party (CDS/PP)) has been devoted to establish a sustainable Portuguese resurrection. During the past four years the Greek problems have been in the spotlights, but what has happened  in the meantime in Portugal?