The Dutch middle class is worried about its future. For many, the dream of owning their home has turned into a nightmare that threatens the entire country's economy. The fate of indebted citizens has become an election issue.
Italy's banks struggle with bad loans and the state itself is saddled with massive debt — but the voters don't seem to care, and the finance minister is demonstratively relaxed about it all.
The March 15 Dutch election could give a boost to anti-establishment populist parties across Europe. The anti-Islam, anti-EU candidate Geert Wilders is shaping the political debate in the Netherlands.
Australia's economy recorded just enough growth last quarter to match the Netherlands' record of 103 quarters without recession. But analysts warn of a slowdown as households struggle with low wages and high debt.
A new kind of sustainable village in the Netherlands will generate not just its own energy but all the food its inhabitants need as well. Construction of the first ReGen Village starts this summer.
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