Category Archives: Current events

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?

Golden Carriage

An Exposition of Prinsjesdag

Every year on the third Tuesday of the month September the Dutch Head of State announces the budget and policy of the Dutch government for the next calendar year during the so called Troonrede. The main message the politicians and the king wanted to give the people this year is that the economy is getting away from the financial crisis. Almost all people will have a higher purchasing power next year. This positive message of course also has some downturns; for instance, not all people are going to be able to buy more next year, and students are not getting a college grand anymore.