Category Archives: Current events


On the road to an Energy Union – can it deliver its promise?

In light of recent political and economic challenges, such as the issues of energy security and climate change, EU leaders have been pleading in the past few years for a true European energy policy, which is now slowly taking shape with the introduction of the so-called ‘Energy Union’. In February last year, the European Commission outlined its plans for this overarching framework, aiming on creating a single energy market in the EU. Now, almost a year later, the obvious question arises: what progress has been made? And is there much appetite among member states for such a union?


From cycling to money: Tour de France in Utrecht

Sounds good, hosting the start of the Tour de France, the biggest sport event in the world that is yearly organized. That is what Utrecht should have thought several years ago. The atmosphere, the city and country in the spotlights, nice events besides it and of course the best cyclists in the world coming to Utrecht are among the benefits of hosting this event. But what is the economic value of such an event?


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.