What a busy day the 9th of May is this year! First, celebrated across Europe, Victory Day, marking the capitulation of fascism in Germany in 1945. Secondly, due to a coincidence of this years calendar (yes Lesia, the Julian one), Ascension Day. The Roman Catholic Church celebrates this every 14th Thursday after Easter Monday, with this day granted as an extra bank holiday – in Belgium at least. Thirdly, for the Eurobubble, the 9th May is a day to remember – Europe Day.
Finally, the big day in the Dutcherlands arrived! Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, 45, is set to become the country’s first king in more than a century when his mother, the current Queen Beatrix, abdicates after 30 years on the throne.
Newspapers are filled with discussions on the most important topics: How are they preparing? What will Princess Maxima wear? What is the weather going to be like? (Even though it’s always crap.) Dutch citizens can’t wait to wear their lovely orange shirts and weird hats again and party like never before. A few important things I would like to share with you before getting the party started. Continue reading
Hungary, like many other European countries, is currently struggling to achieve positive population growth. In simple terms, the country is slowly dying out. But with Hungary being the 26th most innovative country in the world, you can rest assured the government would have a solution up its sleeve to remedy and avert what seems to be, nothing but a certain, self-inflicted extinction. And it does! Continue reading